Game 1: Heat vs. Spurs Tonight!
The Finals are here! It features one team we expected at the beginning of the season and one team that many thought would never be back. They are, of course, the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs respectively. (Ouch, look no further than yours truly to see how far I was off on the Spurs, ha!) I am personally very intrigued by this matchup — the first ever to feature 4 previous NBA Finals MVPs (LeBron in '12, Wade in '06, Parker in '07, and Duncan in '99, '03, '05).
So who you got?!
I've got the Spurs in 6. They're firing on all cylinders after the sweep of Memphis, Parker is at an MVP level and can take advantage of the matchups vs. Miami, and Coach Pop is a mastermind of adjustments. Plus, Miami's supporting cast around LeBron was shaky vs. Indiana; can they rebound for the Finals? What do you all think?
ESPN's Animated Pump-Up for The NBA Finals
Be sure to also get pumped up for tonight with some of the greatest Finals moments artistically animated by ESPN above!
Finally, I couldn't let this NBA post get away without a shoutout and congrats to TBJ — The Basketball Jones! They are the premier, daily NBA podcast and just yesterday reached an amazing milestone of 1000 episodes. I have been listening to every episode this postseason especially, and love their mix of intelligent analysis on the games combined with humorous games they create on their own to cover the ins and outs of the NBA. For any big NBA fan, they're flat out a must-listen. To get a sense of their show and sense of humor, here's Eeeepppisode 1-0-0-0 (*Skeets voice*), which they did a special video rundown for of 20 of the best moments of their 7 years and 1000 epps. Lots of funny videos to see below and more from the ep on their blog here. Subscribe to TBJ on iTunes for their daily podcasts, including today's Game 1 preview. Shoutout to the tastemaker @Euggra for introing me to #TBJ.
TBJ's 1000th Episode!
Let's end the post though on some hip hop, shall we? As a tribute to TBJ, former Spurs guard and NBATV Analyst, Brent Barry takes on Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady" to list all of the players named "Jones" in NBA History. This is good. And also contains shoutouts from Ernie Johnson and Charles Barkley. Maybe Eminem shouldn't be collaborating with Kendrick Lamar and TDE and get Brent Barry on the phone? Ha!
Brent Barry's #TBJ Rap Tribute
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