I would love the 2014 Finals come down to the Heat vs Rockets, Thunder vs Bulls, Knicks vs Warriors, Grizzles vs Nets, or Rockets vs Pacers
Anyone that wants to see knicks and warriors in the finals need to be investigated
Why? Stephen Curry at MSG is as good as it gets and I can't imagine how awesome Oracle would be in the NBA Finals.
There's a lot of little subplots such as David Lee versus his former team, the Knicks fans badly wanting their team to draft Curry, Mark Jackson being a former Knick, etc. etc. etc.
Seems like a win-win for both the fans and the league.
No Spurs? Are you kidding me?
Spurs been to the Finals countless amount of times in the 2000's, time for new teams to come out the West...The Thunder I even wouldn't mind because they only got to the Finals once
are gonna 3peat didn't see any significant enough moves to shake em. It's almost pointless to watch....
The Heat lost their first year to the Mavs. They were down 3-2 to the Celtics in their second year and also down 2-1 to the Pacers in their second year. In their 3rd year, they went to 7 games with the Pacers, and if Chris Bosh doesn't make a rebound or Ray Allen doesn't hit a last second 3 they lose in 6 games to the Spurs. Not to mention Duncan had a chance to tie it with under a minute in game 7.
Everyone seems to act like it was easy for the Heat to win these last two, when really it took A LOT of heroics and big play when it was needed. Beasley could very easily be rather useless or be decent (No reason for them to not pick him up though), and Oden could be a good guy off the bench but who knows if he can stay away from injuries. While the Pacers added some great pieces; mainly Scola and Watson, who will help their bench which was rather awful last year. I'd say that's a bigger improvement than the Heat and don't forget this Pacers team still brought them to a Game 7. Also, the Heat have a new team to face in the Nets who could very well be the most deep and experienced team in the league. Facing at least two of the Bulls/Pacers/Nets in the playoffs could REALLY ware down a team in the playoffs going into the Finals.
Not saying the Heat aren't the favorite, but it is in no way automatic and it'll be an even harder challenge in my opinion. In my opinion, this year will be very entertaining.
The Heat have been in the last three NBA Finals. I'm tired of seeing them.
I'd like to see the Pacers or Bulls representing the East and the Thunder, Clippers, Warriors or Rockets representing the West.
I would love to see the Grizzlies get to the Finals, wouldn't care who they play. Grizz vs. Heat would be great.
From a ratings stand point and entertainment value Heat vs. Clippers would be great. I also like rivalries so a Heat and
Thunder rematch would be great.
The Rockets would be a great draw. A 20 reunion with the Knicks would be fun.
Spurs vs. Pacers would be the most "boring" for casual fans but would probably be a fascinating
matchup for true basketball fans. Similar to a Pacers vs. Grizzlies Finals.
Although, the people's choice for an NBA Finals would be the Heat vs. the Warriors. Electrifying scorers, 3 point shooters,
good athletes, and solid big men. The Heat are the biggest draw, and the Warriors would get that San Francisco/Oakland/Silicon Valley TV market.
Oops, forgot about Jeremy Lin and that Asian thing. Heat vs. Rockets would have huge ratings. Internationally plus Houston is a decent TV
market in its own right.
Raptors vs anybody lol
Or Nets vs Rockets
Honestly, I don't care as long as a Western team plays someone other than the Heat. Like Spike Lee said, "We can't let them three peat!". My dream would be Thunder vs Pacers.
Bulls vs. Warriors would be a good non-Heat Finals.
The Nets wouldn't be a great draw, but if they played the Spurs it might feature the best matchups.
It would be a rematch from a decade when Kidd played for the Nets. New coach Jason Kidd takes on the
legend Greg Popovich. Kevin Garnett vs. Tim Duncan. Paul Pierce/AK-47. vs. Kawhi Leonard. Deron Williams vs.
Tony Parker. And even Joe Johnson vs. Danny Green/Manu Ginobili. Brook Lopez vs. Tiago Splitter would be a good
contrast in styles. Role players such as Reggie Evans and Matt Bonner would make things interesting too. Duncan would
be vying for his fifth ring while Brooklyn would be trying to bring a title home to NYC.
Gonna be really hard for the Heat this year. Only once has a team made it to the NBA Finals 4 straight times and that was the Celtics in the 80s.
Barring injuries, Brooklyn is super tough.
Indiana, in my opinion, needs better guards period. They should give Hibbert the ball more and George is star in the making.
If Miami gets back to the Finals I'd love to see them face KD and the OKC Thunder. 1vs2
and probably Miami's last shot as currently constructed to make these deep runs
I have to disagree with you. While I HATE Miami, I'm not going to lie to myself and think that the NBA isn't set up for the Heat to win it all every year. With the way the salary cap is now, no team can field a team of stars to match the talent of the Heat (See the Thunder and James Harden). Or if they do they won't be able to get the role players that the Heat can (Take a look at the Bulls, who have been looking for a scorer for years). Not to mention with the current rule changes I just don't see any team being able to stay out of foul trouble or play at the same physicality that the Heat can. I mean when was the last time a team was fielded with two #1 picks, a #2, #4, two #5, and a #6? That is some ridiculous talent, and they aren't what I would call old (like the 07 Celtics). The Heat are still the team to beat
#1 Spurs / Nets
#2 Clippers / Nets (because I am a Celtics fan)
Sigh. 2012 almost paved the way for one last Duncan-Garnett matchup. Would've loved to see it.
Durant-LeBron was a pretty nice consolation though...
I feel like it has to be the heat in the finals with someone from the west.
Rockets - Nets
Clippers - Pacers
Warriors - Bulls
Those teams are on the rise, any combination of them will be a high-quality entertainment.
I want to see Grizzlies-Heat. Great contrast of styles. The Grizzlies are great at taking teams out of their element and winning close games in the play-offs, plus they have shown a great ability to bounce back from blowouts and heartbreaking losses in the past three years. They couldn't handle the Spurs last year and with the West getting even stronger, it will be tough for them to get through, but it would be nice to see a series where each game could potentially be very different from the last.
Pacers-Spurs would also be fantastic, as the Hibbert-Duncan battle in the post would be great and the clash of styles between two well-coached teams would be fun.
Warriors-Heat would be my next choice, just to see some scoring duels between LeBron James and Steph Curry. Great contrast of power and athleticism versus skill and finesse. Also would be a great overdog-underdog matchup, between the former high school phenom and "chosen one" and the small-school NCAA darling.
Portland vs anyone.... Just putting it out there
Portland will likely struggle to even make the playoffs. A championship berth for them would be a pretty huge shocker. I would be surprised if they could compete with the top teams in the east, much less the top teams in the west.
clips vs bulls -
nets - rockets