A year ago today, I was seeing stars:
At many points in this series the following young men will all be on the court simultaneously: LeBron, Kevin, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Shane Battier and Udonis Haslem. This is a series that any sports fan can get excited about. It’s a series that we should have at least 2 or 3 more chances to see over the next few years. A rivalry to compare to Magic & Bird (hopefully).
A year later, Harden is a star in Houston, Westbrook got injured and KD couldn't do it alone. Now, three games into a Finals series against the San Antonio Spurs, LeBron may have to try doing it alone as well. I don't like his chances much more than I liked Durant's.
I still say that the Spurs don't shoot that well again. I say LeBron isn't hushed offensively for another game. Not one more. I say that Wade and Bosh find their mojo again. And while the Spurs still may win, I'll take the Heat. In 6. And like my chances.
As to last year's finals. I still believe that we'll see at least two more Durant vs. LeBron series, but I'm not nearly as certain they will be Thunder vs. Heat series.