From barbershops to boardrooms, there is sure to be chatter about tonight’s 2013 NBA Finals clash between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs. Although the Spurs coasted in their Western Conference finals series by sweeping the Memphis Grizzlies, the Heat had to battle a tough Indiana Pacers squad in a grueling Eastern Conference finals seven-game series.
The contrast in basketball styles between this year’s teams couldn’t be more glaring. The pass-happy, fundamentally sound Spurs play mostly below the rim and run an actual offense for a majority of the game. The Heat, led by MVP LeBron James, dazzles defenses offensively with a speedy lineup, and defensively they pester passing lanes while scoring big points in a flash.
To help sort out the madness, Hip-Hop Wired takes a look at five ways the Spurs can triumph for their fifth title, followed with five ways the Heat can repeat as world champions, on the following pages. Let us know in the comments if we missed any key points.
The series kicks off tonight (June 6) on ABC at 9 p.m. ET.