DAR Sports: 2007 NBA Finals- Spurs vs Cavs

By @TrueGodImmortal

Well, right now, social media is buzzing about the firing of coach David Blatt and how LeBron controls the Cavaliers and their decisions. As the dust continues to settle, today we wanted to look back at the first time LeBron touched the Finals with the Cavs and the result of that moment. The San Antonio Spurs are currently one of the top teams in the league, and they've built a dynasty since winning their championship in 1999. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Michael Finley, Bruce Bowen and more made up this Spurs team who seemed focused and ready to win their 2nd title in 3 years (they had won the 2005 Finals as well, we'll get to that one day in this series).

LeBron was coming into his own, seemingly staking his claim as one of the best players in the game, if not the best player in the game at the time. He led the Cavs during the regular season to the 2nd seed in the East and charted an easy path to the Finals with a first round sweep on the Wizards, and 6 game victories over the Nets and Pistons. The Cavs were heading to the Finals and seemed focused. The Spurs would end up as the no. 3 seed and handily defeat the Nuggets, the Suns, and the Jazz to advance to the Finals. The stage was set. Could the battle tested Spurs handle the young and hungry Cavs, or would the Cavs pull out the victory?

*Game 1

-This was interesting to me. LeBron was locked down, couldn't truly get his momentum going and the Spurs made him pay in the long run during this game. He finished with 14 points on 4/16 shooting, as the Spurs had solid performances from their key and clutch players. The Cavs didn't get dominated in this game, but still suffered a 85-76 loss as Tony Parker stepped up and contributed 27 points and 7 assists to give the Spurs a 1-0 lead in the series. The Cavs would be disappointed, but surely they would come to play in game 2, right?

*Game 2

-Wrong. Well, at least for the first 3 quarters. The Spurs dominated the game in the first 3 quarters and truly showed how much better they were than the Cavs. This was the game that truly proved it. Going into the 4th quarter with a 27 point lead, the Spurs looked invincible. A 25-6 run from the Cavs still wasn't enough to help them, as the Spurs took a 2-0 lead in the series with a 103-92 win. LeBron had a better game with 6 assists and 25 points, but he still looked off in this game. Tony Parker showed out again with 30 points and a superb performance all night. The Spurs were in the driver seat and the Cavs looked sloppy and unfocused. Would Game 3 be any different for the Cavs?

*Game 3

-This game was horrible on both ends it felt like. Spurs weren't very fluid and unfortunately, neither were the Cavs. The Spurs would end up walking away with an uneventful victory 75-72, in a very low scoring game. LeBron would finish with 25 points and 7 assists, while Tony Parker would put up 17 for the Spurs, but this game wasn't anything special by any stretch. The Spurs took a crucial 3-0 lead in the series and with LeBron facing the impossible, could the Cavs fight back in game 4 and extend the series at least?

*Game 4

-For the first three quarters, it seemed as if the Spurs had the Cavs number. The Spurs lead by 11 at one point, until the Cavs rallied and managed to take the lead at one point in the 4th quarter. Despite this, the Spurs fought back with a rally of their own and ended up winning the game and the series in a close one 83-82, to complete the sweep of the Cavs. Unfortunately, for the Cavs, LeBron would have little help in this series and in this game, despite putting up 24 points and 10 assists. It would not be enough. The Spurs rallied together as a team, while the Cavs were essentially just a one man show, similar to the problems that plagued Jordan during the 80s in some ways. For the Spurs, this was the 4th title in 8 years, a great feat for them and a signal of their dominance in the 2000s after the Lakers dynasty had crumbled. Tony Parker would end up crowned as the Finals MVP, and the Spurs would start their celebration right on Cleveland's home.

Your 2007 NBA Champions, San Antonio Spurs!



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