SAN ANTONIO — Fifteen years later, it still has to taste as sweet as the first time for San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan and his coach Gregg Popovich.
Feels like the first time, indeed, even though this makes three titles in three difference decades and five total.
Larry O’Brien never looked so good.
The mighty San Antonio Spurs are your 2014 NBA champions, defeating the Miami Heat in five games and three straight breathtaking performances to dethrone the two-time NBA champs.
They did it on Father’s Day, too, a sweet day for their oldest player and proud father Duncan, the backbone of the franchise, and a bittersweet day for its young star, Kawhi Leonard (the youngest MVP of The Finals since Duncan 15 years ago), whose father was shot and killed at the family car wash in Compton, Calif., back in 2008, just as he was becoming a basketball star.
We can talk about LeBron James and the Miami Heat later, but tonight, it’s all about the “Spurs Way,” the blend of the old (Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili) and new (Kawhi … Patty Mills … Boris Diaw and the rest) and one of the league’s true dynasties and the fact that team triumphed over talent when it mattered most.
And yes, they avenged that loss to the Heat in The Finals last year in the best way possible (outscoring the champs by 70 points in the five games and winning every game by 15 or more points), better known as …
The “Beautiful Brand” wins out
There will be more converts to come, trust me. There will be more!
All respect due …
They do indeed. And they’ll get it around here.
Leonard’s time to shine is now!
You pick up a pen, write Kawhi Leonard’s name and then hand it to someone. Pretty simple.
All team, all the time!
A timeless tradition …
Old Man River Walk
Not the “Framily Plan”
Low blow alert!
There is no choice but to give this quiet warrior his due!
Numbers Never Lie!
We are keeping track of these things … oh, they never lie when they are right. LeBron’s 2-for-5 in a few minutes.
Patty Is The Law
The Sheriff from Down Under!
Pull up a chair and watch …
The Patty Mills Show!
Good night Miami and good luck!
For 3 … For 3 … For 3 …
This place has gotten totally out of control #GoSpursGo
You might as well turn that scoreboard thing off now. It’s a wrap.
Kawhi = ballin’
They better not steal this Finals MVP from Kawhi. Spurs up 50-40 with 8:14 to play in the third.
Because Bones said so!
Breaking the Heat at the break
Spurs take complete control at the end of the second behind Kawhi, Manu and Timmy. If Parker ever shows up (0 points) this thing gets ugly. Spurs 47-40 at the break but it feels worse.
Bosh guaranteed to make the poster
Manu battling Kawhi for the winner of the first half highlight reel award. Spurs up 45-37 with 1:54 to play before halftime.
To da moon!
Kawhi’s officially taken over this game, the same way he did this series in Game 3, with brute force and anything else that’s needed.
Sure feels like it. Heat doing everything they can to fight them off.
Still the (2)1
Timmy’s still got it, after all these years. Old Man River Walk brings the Spurs to within three, 35-32, with 6:01 to play before halftime. Heat have no answer for him if he can get it going.
Calling all cars
Somebody put out an APB for TP and Dancin’ Danny, they are nowhere to be found right now.
LeBron’s Why Not Us? Should have been a Why Not Me?
Heat played their best and still …
only lead 29-22. That doesn’t feel like enough, not after watching them come apart the way they did in Games 3 and 4 in Miami.
LeBron’s kind of night …
Gonna be one of those nights for Bron Bron! #WatchOut
Let Kawhi lead them
It’s his show for the Spurs. Pop has to turn him loose.
Lead with your best stuff
Heat throwing everything they’ve got (sans Beasley) at the Spurs and winning 22-12 with 4:27 to play in the first. But if this is their best shot …
Lay off the stripes!
Heat with the early 19-5 lead. LeBron in lock down mode … where these guys been?
You will be judged by the company you keep for Game 5
No words needed!
Someone call 9-1-1 … wait a minute, who is @SpursJesus?
Grown up business!
Star Search for Kids (to sing the anthem) is apparently over.
It’s win-or-go-home time son. #ByAnyMeansNecessary
Man jeans and impeccable taste in hip hop. Timmy and the Spurs aren’t nearly as boring as you think!
Blame it on Rio!
Where there’s a will there’s a Ray!
Beasley to the rescue for the Heat tonight. It sounds so desperate because that’s exactly what is needed.
The yin and the yang of …
The crush …
… before the silence!
Game 5 is serious business for all involved.
Pass it along …
There’s no secret to the game plan the Spurs have used to dominate the Heat in this series, to this point. By sharing the ball on offense (and getting great and not just good shots), they’ve routinely burned the Heat’s vaunted defense.
My main man John Schuhmann of NBA.com breaks it down here. The Heat might have fared better if Schuh was breaking down the numbers for them in this series … #justsayin
This is a fancy way of saying that the dude with the corn rows is the frontrunner for Finals MVP!
LBJ in the building
Talk is cheap Chris if you can’t back it up.
Game Time Crew breaking it down
NBA TV’s Game Time crew breaks down what went on in Game 4 of The Finals …