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!
Can't believe I'm saying this, but I love the Spurs now. Beautiful brand of basketball. Well-earned championship.—
Jerry Brewer (@JerryBrewer) June 16, 2014
All respect due …
They do indeed. And they’ll get it around here.
The Spurs deserve the full appreciation of the national media before the "what will Heat do" stuff starts. But they won't get it.—
Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) June 16, 2014
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.
How do you pick a Finals MVP? Spurs should share it as a team. Seems fitting.—
Art Garcia (@ArtGarcia92) June 16, 2014
All team, all the time!
Spurs are ahowing the world what team work is all about! Bravo and Salutes—
Killer Mike (@KillerMikeGTO) June 16, 2014
A timeless tradition …
Old Man River Walk
Here's another: If this holds, Duncan will have won titles against a guy born in 1958 (Herb Williams) and a guy born in 1988 (Norris Cole).—
Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) June 16, 2014
Not the “Framily Plan”
Low blow alert!
Why are Wade and Chalmers still out there? Go have a seat bro. Figure out your framily plan for the summer.—
Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) June 16, 2014
There is no choice but to give this quiet warrior his due!
Kawhi will be only 5th player to win Finals MVP w/out being an All-Star that year, joining Billups, Dumars, Maxwell, Unseld & Willis Reed—
Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) June 16, 2014
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.
Kobe 5 of 7
LBJ 2 of 3
MJ……….6 for 6
Timmy 5 of 6
3D AKA D.SCOTT (@3Deezy) June 16, 2014
Patty Is The Law
The Sheriff from Down Under!
Pull up a chair and watch …
The Patty Mills Show!
Eddie house aka patty Mills- bang bang bang!—
Chris Webber (@realchriswebber) June 16, 2014
Good night Miami and good luck!
Good night moon
Good night Wade
Good night LeBron
Good night Bosh
Good night Mario
Good night Spo
Good night Riley—
(@netw3rk) June 16, 2014
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.
So, if we're keeping track, and we always are, that's 59-22 Spurs since that early 16-point hole.—
Dan McCarney (@danmccarneysaen) June 16, 2014
Kawhi = ballin’
They better not steal this Finals MVP from Kawhi. Spurs up 50-40 with 8:14 to play in the third.
Two incredible defensive plays by Leonard on the last two Heat possessions.—
John Schuhmann (@johnschuhmann) June 16, 2014
Because Bones said so!
Talk amongst yourselves but this is the best Spurs championship team that Pop has coached, yes there is another half of the 2014 season…—
Brent Barry (@Barryathree) June 16, 2014
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.
Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) June 16, 2014
Spurs outscore MIA, 41-18, over final 17 minutes of first half. Tony Parker still hasn't scored.—
Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) June 16, 2014
Spurs should have won last year. They had the best record this season. Why, then, does any any of this surprise us?—
Mark Boyle (@Mark_J_Boyle) June 16, 2014
Manu Ginobili before the series: "Last year was my first bad playoff performance." Extremely motivated to get back to his Manu ways.—
Tas Melas (@TasMelas) June 16, 2014
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.
Poor Chris Bosh is gonna see that Manu replay about a million times.—
Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) June 16, 2014
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.
Kawhi Leonard with pull-up 3 on fast break … what's next for this guy?—
Mike Monroe (@Monroe_SA) June 16, 2014
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.
Tim Duncan scores that basket for the zillionth time in his career.—
HoopsHype (@hoopshype) June 16, 2014
Calling all cars
Somebody put out an APB for TP and Dancin’ Danny, they are nowhere to be found right now.
Spurs' starting backcourt is 0 for 9, with Parker 0 for 6, and Green has missed two open looks so far this quarter.—
Brian Mahoney (@briancmahoney) June 16, 2014
LeBron’s Why Not Us? Should have been a Why Not Me?
LeBron averaged over 35 & 11 rebounds in the last 5 games his teams have faced elimination. He may eclipse that by the 3rd quarter tonight—
Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) June 16, 2014
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.
Spurs can live with a 7-point deficit when Kawhi's the only starter with a field goal in the 1Q—
J.A. Adande (@jadande) June 16, 2014
LeBron’s kind of night …
Gonna be one of those nights for Bron Bron! #WatchOut
LeBron: 15 pts and 5 boards in the first 10 mins of play.—
Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) June 16, 2014
Let Kawhi lead them
It’s his show for the Spurs. Pop has to turn him loose.
Kawhi shooting that thang.—
JJ (@JameelahJNBA) June 16, 2014
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 …
As expected…Heat came out with a punch in the nose. But we also expect, you're not going to be able to keep SA out of their game.—
Dominique Wilkins (@DWilkins21) June 16, 2014
Lay off the stripes!
All you whiners crying over the refs WATCH THE GAME and stop moaning about the refs like little babies…my God, just whining constantly…—
Michael Wilbon (@RealMikeWilbon) June 16, 2014
Heat with the early 19-5 lead. LeBron in lock down mode … where these guys been?
This is an entirely different HEAT team…!!!—
Maurice Clarett (@ReeseClarett13) June 16, 2014
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.
Really liked that version of the anthem. Don't usually like remixes.—
Cassidy Hubbarth (@CassidyHubbarth) June 16, 2014
It’s win-or-go-home time son. #ByAnyMeansNecessary
So Wade painted his toenails black, Beasley is active and Ray Allen is starting for Chalmers. Heat may as well wear YOLO jerseys.—
Lang Whitaker (@langwhitaker) June 15, 2014
Man jeans and impeccable taste in hip hop. Timmy and the Spurs aren’t nearly as boring as you think!
Spurs take court to Biggie’s “Hypnotize.” Song was released on April 1, 1997 — just 85 days before Tim Duncan was No. 1 overall draft pick.—
Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) June 15, 2014
Blame it on Rio!
Where there’s a will there’s a Ray!
Ray Allen starting, Mario Chalmers on the bench. This is what desperation looks like.—
Shaun Powell (@Powell2daPeople) June 15, 2014
Beasley to the rescue for the Heat tonight. It sounds so desperate because that’s exactly what is needed.
If Miami activating Michael Beasley is difference maker tonight/in the series, it's equivalent of Norman Dale subbing in Dennis Hopper.—
Steve Aschburner (@AschNBA) June 15, 2014
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 …