MIAMI — Trying to predict the totally unpredictable is the easiest way to humble yourself during the NBA season. Doing it during the playoffs is an even more of a gut punch. Attempting to handicap the roller coaster that is The Finals, however, is another experience altogether.
Things change on a possession by possession basis when a team’s entire season is one the line.
We made our predictions last week (along with NBA.com’s John Schuhmann) and then the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat made us regret ever opening our mouths by playing three wildly different games that have led us to tonight’s Game 4 in San Antonio (9 p.m. ET, ABC).
We’re still talking about Tony Parker and LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Chris Bosh. We just can’t mention them without also discussing Danny Green, Mike Miller, Kawhi Leonard, Mario Chalmers, Gary Neal, and Ray Allen, role players who have all played huge roles in the outcomes of the first three games.
So who plays hero tonight? Who swings this series in their team’s favor? Can Parker overcome that hamstring strain and lead the Spurs? Does LeBron deliver on his promise to “play better?“
We examine all of that and more on Episode 121 of the Hang Time Podcast … (and yes, we’re still trying to find Rick Fox) …
As always, we welcome your feedback. You can follow the entire crew, including the Hang Time Podcast, co-hosts Sekou Smith of NBA.com, Lang Whitaker of NBA.com’s All-Ball Blog and renaissance man Rick Fox of NBA TV, as well as our new super producer Gregg (just like Popovich) Waigand and the best engineer in the business, Jarell “I Heart Peyton Manning” Wall.