Originally written on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 11/17/14

It’s that time of year again as basketball fans around the globe are preparing for the saga known as the NBA Finals. This past season the Miami Heat seemed to take the next step to becoming the next great Dynasty after “The Streak”, and we saw yet another dominating season by the best player in the world. This has raised the question, “what does it take to beat the Heat?” Well, you would need to put together a particular type of team, and play by an old boxing adage. Limting Dwyane Wade and others will be key for the San Antonio Spurs.Photo Credit: msn.foxsports.com Go to the Body The question of how to defend Lebron James has been raised by many basketball minds all across the globe for a while now.  The most common strategy has been to get physical with him much like the Pacers and Bulls tried to do in the previous two series. The answer to this question however is simple. Let Lebron get his 30, and dominate every other match-up on the floor. That’s right, let the best player on the planet get his. If Lebron scores 30 and Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh produce on the same level they did in Game 6 of the ECF, the Spurs win this series. This is similar to how grind-it-out boxers used to fight. The best way to defeat a champion prizefighter is attack his body. This isn’t flashy, and probably won’t land you on any lists for the greatest knockouts of all time, but it is effective. As the fight goes on the fighter who receives the punishment in his body will begin to drop his hands. What does that leave open? His head. The Spurs have to think of this series as an old-school 15 round heavyweight championship fight. The Spurs in a sense are Rocky Balboa and the Heat are the much more athletic and flashy Apollo Creed. Just like Rocky, the Spurs must be grinders. Guys that aren’t afraid to take the fight the distance, and then some. They must win the 50/50 balls, limit their turnovers, and finally limit the team around Lebron. People have been trying all year to beat the Heat by cutting off the head. Why wouldn’t they it’s flashy and gets people to pay attention a ’la 2011 Mavericks vs Lebron. Those days are in the past, and if the Spurs can be grinders just like Rocky, Joe Frazier, Jake “Raging Bull” Lamotta, they have a great chance. Can Tim Duncan lead the Spurs to one more championship?Photo Credit: www.nydailynews.com The Team The Spurs have all the pieces on their roster to beat the Heat. The two things that a team needs to beat the Heat are one, being big inside, and two, have a team of shooters. The second reason is why the Pacers lost the last series. They had an inability to score all series long. While they were plenty physical with the Heat, it didn’t matter because they couldn’t put points on the board. The Spurs on the other hand meet both of these criterions. First they are big inside similar to the 2011 Mavs. They have Tiago Splitter to protect the rim like Tyson Chandler did, and they have the greatest Power Forward to ever lace up to compliment him. Now onto the shooters. The 2011 Mavs also had a ton of shooters on their team. Guys like Jason Terry, J.J. Barea, Dirk, Jason Kidd, and even the janitor Brian Cardinal hit some threes in that series. The Spurs have the likes of Danny Green, Manu Ginobili, Kawhi Leonard, and the “Red Mamba” Matt Bonner. Having guys on the perimeter that can knock down threes creates a situation where the Heat can no longer double-team in the post like they did against Pacers. It is no secret that the Heat struggle defending big men on the block. Now take away the fact they can’t double team Duncan and Splitter like they did Hibbert and West, and now the Spurs get to take a lot of high percentage shots. If the Heat had problems defending Roy Hibbert, who has no left hand, defending and ambidextrous Tim Duncan with a bevy of post moves will be very challenging. Bottom Line The Spurs are very similar to the 2011 Mavericks who took down the Heat this time two years ago. Both teams had great shooters, and size, the only difference this time is that the Spurs should spend their time attacking the body, and the head will fall. -King


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