Originally posted by NinerBuff:
Originally posted by LA9erFan:
Originally posted by blizzuntz:
Heat favored by 5.5
I'd be really surprised if Miami lost Game 1. San Antonio just had the longest break possible, and Miami just got out of a very intense series. I think it's hard to simply turn the intensity on after a long break like San Antonio just had, and Miami's already there in that respect.
I agree. I think the Pacers were actually a harder matchup than the Spurs are. Hibbert / West / George are all young (West kinda) and long. Duncan & Ginobili are really old (still effective).
This series will come down to how productive Tony Parker can be. If he can be the best player on the floor, they'll have a chance.
I just don't see a good matchup against LeBron for the Spurs. George played well, especially in Indy.
I think Leonard's just a very small notch below George as a defender, so while LeBron's gonna do his thing, I don't think it's gonna be too different from the ECFs.
I don't think Parker can be the best player on the floor, but by the same token, San Antonio's two best offensive players (Parker & Duncan) both play the positions that Miami has the hardest time defending. IMO, LeBron's defensive talents are going to be a little bit wasted in this series, because SA primarily has spot up shooters at SG, SF, & PF.