The Boston Celtics would not go down easy, however, in the end youth prevailed as the Miami Heat used a late fourth quarter surge to make a return trip to the NBA Finals. On Tuesday, June 11, the Heat will take on a rested and eager Oklahoma City Thunder squad. The Heat and Thunder split the regular season series, both winning at home. This should be a terrific Finals matchup.
These two teams are the most talented in the NBA. Miami's players are in the prime of their careers. The Thunder have been billed as the team of the future. The future is now and the Thunder look poised to contend for years to come. The Thunder were put together through great draft picks, Miami came together primarily through free agency. LeBron James was the regular season MVP, Kevin Durant was the runner-up MVP. The Heat have a super trio of their own in LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh. The Thunder have their own in Durant, Russell Westbrook, and the player whose game and appearance represents all old school ballers, 23-year-old James Hardin.
Over the past decade, the NBA has come to be viewed in a negative light by many casual fans. Many suggest teams play street ball, with egotistical and borderline thug players. While the league has cleaned up its act on and off the court, fans that have these dated opinions are missing some of the best basketball that has been played in the past 15 to 20 years. Players are mostly team oriented, and there has been little trouble from almost any current player. The only thing NBA players are guilty of is trying to promote a new style of dress which features a combination of Clark Kent's glasses and Steve Urkel's nerdy attire.
The Eastern Conference Finals pitted two teams with contrasting styles. The Celtics represented a proud franchise which has won more titles than any other NBA team. Their primary players, except Rajon Rondo, are at the tail end of their careers. The Heat represent the new guard, fresher legs, more athleticism, and more talent. Garnett and Rajon Rondo are such competitors that they did not stay on the court after Saturday's, leaving the floor before congratulating the victorious Miami Heat.
Many are picking Oklahoma City, however, they can't yet because this series can go either way. This will be an exciting, fast paced bonanza that should offer great theatre.
Let the games begin.