Miami Heat: 5 Keys to Winning 2014 NBA Finals

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May 8, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (left) talks with center Chris Bosh (center) and guard Dwyane Wade (right) during the second half in game two of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Brooklyn Nets at American Airlines Arena. Miami won 94-82. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs will begin the 2014 NBA Finals on Thursday, June 5 from AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. Leading up to the game, both coach Erik Spoelstra and Gregg Popovich will be hard at work dissecting the tendencies of their opponent, so that they may be able to call themselves the 2014 NBA Champions. What are the Miami Heat’s five keys to winning the 2014 NBA Finals?

During the regular season (and throughout the playoffs), the Heat have relied upon the heroics of LeBron James to pull them out of some bad places. Having to do that isn’t generally a recipe for success (see: Thunder, Oklahoma City) but it’s nice to have that kind of security blanket.

Instead, the role players are going to have to step up and take some of the weight off of James’ back. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have done that at times, but imagine if they could all get on the same page and have a good game at the same time. That’s our first key.

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  • James Tillman

    Good piece and looking forward to the first rematch since the Bulls-Jazz in 1997-98. I don’t think the first two games will ultimately define the series though. While all road teams are seeking a split on their opponents’ court, there is no guarantee they will sweep the three middle home games. This is especially true since only two teams have accomplished that feat.

    On the flip side, while the Spurs would be in the driver’s seat if they did take a 2-0 lead after the first two games, they would need to pick up at least one of three on the road because solely relying on home court advantage would be a mistake. I see the series going seven again, but the Spurs will come on top this time around.

    • Tyrone Bowman

      The NBA Finals is 2-2-1-1-1 now. Too bad it wasn’t like that last year. I might be in the minority, but I don’t think Miami will close out San Antonio if up 3-2 in South Beach. I also don’t see the Heat being up 3-2 in the series so that’s a moot point. Can it be Thursday already! Wish the series began earlier:)

      • James Tillman

        Yeah, I forgot that the format was changing back after last year.

  • Guest

    The NBA Finals is 2-2-1-1-1 now. Too bad it wasn’t like that last year. I might be in the majority, but I don’t think Miami will close out San Antonio if up 3-2 in South Beach. I also don’t see the Heat being up 3-2 in the series so that’s a moot point. Can it be Thursday already! Wish the series began earlier:)

  • Brandy Tillman

    Go Spurs.