Amazing. Astounding. Speechless. These are the words that come to mind as I try to describe the San Antonio Spurs’ wing over the Miami Heat. Gregg Popovich has been a force in San Antonio for more than 15 years. He has preached a type of basketball which is rare these days. He really teaches team basketball. Instead of getting the ball to the superstar, get the ball to the open man. This is why the MVP was not Tim Duncan or Manu Ginobili or Tony Parker. The MVP was Kawhi Leonard. He was the open guy. He had the hot hand. They played GREAT team defense.

The Heat needed more firepower. They didn’t have it. LeBron carried the Heat through the first quarter, then… he needed some help. Wade, who I think has been hurt the entire season, couldn’t do it. Bosh, who only shows up on special occasions, couldn’t do it. Midway through the third quarter the Heat needed someone to step up but no one answered the bell.

Congratulations to the San Antonio Spurs!!!!

From ESPN:

Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, the winningest trio in NBA postseason history, shared hugs.

Players wrapped themselves in flags from around world, a reminder that the San Antonio Spurs look far beyond the border to build champions, as confetti fell from above.

Painfully denied 12 months ago by the Miami Heat, this victory party was worth the wait.

“It makes last year OK,” Duncan said.

The Spurs finished off a dominant run to their fifth NBA championship Sunday night, ending the Heat’s two-year title reign with a 104-87 victory that wrapped up the series in five games.

“We had a great first quarter, but from that point on they were the better team, and that’s why they’re the champions in 2014,” said LeBron James, who led the Heat with 31 points and 10 rebounds. (more…)