Two weeks ago, podcast panelists Chris Manning and Marlowe Alter joined Speakeasy Sports NBA Podcast host Zak Kolesar in previewing the Conference Finals matchups between the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference and the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference. After two weeks of championship basketball, in which the Spurs made quick work of the Grizzlies and the Heat clobbered the Pacers in a decisive Game 7 on Monday night, the Speakeasy Sports trio is back again to preview the Finals matchup between the Heat and the Spurs that starts on Thursday night.
After Tony Parker and company had a tough time disposing of Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, the always consistent Spurs got right down to business in disposing of the Grizzlies by May 27 in a 4-0 series sweep. Parker has emerged as the leader of this team, as the championship Spurs teams of the past have been powered by Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili in the postseason. He averaged 24.5 points and 9.5 assists, while shooting 53.2 percent from the field against the Grizzlies. If it weren’t for his injury earlier in the regular season, Parker may have given LeBron James a run for his money in defending his MVP Award. James had to lead his team by himself at many times throughout the series, as the disappearing acts of Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh continued. LeBron averaged 29 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists, while shooting 51.0 percent from the field and 44.1 percent from three against one of the best defensive teams in the league. Now, the King will be returning to the Finals for a rematch against a team that swept him in his first championship appearance with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Below is a link to the Speakeasy Sports NBA team’s thoughts on Miami’s performance in Game 7, the future for the Pacers and Grizzlies, LeBron’s rematch with the Spurs, Tony Parker’s leadership and their Finals’ predictions: