The Miami Heat became only the third franchise and first team in 27 years to make it to four straight NBA Finals this year and boy, did they do so in style. They flew through the Eastern Conference and absolutely steam rolled the Indiana Pacers with a 117-92 blow out win in Game 6.
That means they will now face the San Antonio Spurs but they will have an additional incentive: it’s is an opportunity to get revenge on an opponent that beat them at the big stage. Something which the Heat themselves were never afforded the chance to do.
And according to Chris Bosh, they never will.
“They [Spurs or OKC) will be hungry to take us down,” he said during the post-game conference following Game 6. “We know what that feels like. We weren’t awarded the opportunity to play the team that put us out. We would still like that opportunity, but it’ll never happen.”
Bosh was referring to the 2011 NBA Championship against the Dallas Mavericks, which Miami lost 4-2 during the “Big 3’s” first season together. LeBron James was a no-show and Dirk Nowitzki tormented Bosh and the rest of the Heat front line.
However, the Mavs have since got rid of key members of that title winning squad (i.e. Tyson Chandler and Jason Terry), in the hopes of acquiring a superstar, a la Dwight Howard or Deron Williams (back when he was still considered to be one the best point guards in the game). Unfortunately, their hunt hasn’t been a successful one. Howard chose division rivals Houston, while Williams opted to stick with Brooklyn, and they haven’t been anywhere near contending for a title.
Instead, Dirk and Co. have either been unceremoniously bounced out of the Playoffs in the opening round or failed to even make it to the post season over the past few seasons, just as they did in 2012-13.
Exactly what Bosh meant by: “It’ll never happen,” is mystery but we can be certain there is no way he is ruling out Miami challenging for the NBA Finals anytime soon, so the only possible explanation is that he doesn’t think Dallas will be in the championship contender conversation anytime soon.
What say you Mark Cuban?
As for this year’s Finals, Bosh better be ready and bring his A-game right from the tip because San Antonio will be in an unforgiving mood after last year’s heart break.
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