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PBT Podcast: NBA Finals Preview, Heat vs. Spurs

Jun 4, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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One time was just not enough.

The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs are getting together for Part Deux — a rematch of one of the best Finals in recent memory. In the latest edition of the PBT Podcast myself and Eytan Shander of NBC Sports Radio break it all down.

That starts with talking about Tony Parker‘s ankle. From there we talk about legacy implications for the Spurs and the Heat (more specifically for Tim Duncan and LeBron James), plus we get into how much does a healthy Dwyane Wade help Miami out compared to last season? We get into all of that and more, then we make our predictions (and no, we do not agree).

As always, you can listen by hitting play below or  you can listen and subscribe via iTunes.

  1. cantonbound13 - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    5 for Duncan!

  2. jzone954 - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Going to be a great series , Duncan and company looks for redemption, while Lebron and the Heat looking to go 3 straight. Everyone needs to stop acting like Miami hasn’t already beat this same exact team Because they have, and I’m not talking about 5 years ago, I’m talking about basically last week we beat them. That being said San Antonio can totally win this thing and if they do they deserve it. But I’m going to say this one last time because everyone outside of Miami believes Miami still has to beat San Antonio when it should read San Antonio has to beat Miami , with everybody there opinions and breakdowns and yadda yadda,…..THE MIAMI HEAT HAS ALREADY BEAT THIS VERY SAME TEAM… We comin!!!

    • kb2408 - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:10 AM

      “We” comin? When did jzone become a Heat? As for the Heat having already beaten the Spurs…that’s true, “technically.” But most people, outside of Miami, that watched that series know the best team didn’t win. The best team gave a title away. To quote Timmie, “this time we will get it done.” Spurs in 5 or 6….and yes, I will be here to remind you of my PREDICTION.

      • heat256 - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:58 AM

        Just like that Pacers series win…or the Nets…you should really open up a palm reader shop with your “master” predictions.

      • packergator - Jun 4, 2014 at 4:26 PM

        Just like the Pacers were finally going to get it done this year? Talk is cheap. None of that stuff matters once the ball is tipped anyway.

  3. prareedoggin - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    They didn’t give it away. Ray Allen’s shot didn’t win the title. The Heat still had to win OT in game 6 and still had to win game 7. They did and the spurs couldn’t. Better team won. Your hate if a potential dynasty is causing you to not see it. That’s a woman trait

  4. jzone954 - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Kb24. You never said “we” declaring your team when the lakers were actually good ? Son I swear you’re the biggest hypocrite on this forum.

    • kb2408 - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:16 AM

      Unlike you, I’m still here when my team is down. That’s because I ride with them in the good and the bad times. I’ve been a LAKERS fan since 1979!! You, on the other hand, will disappear after the Heat’s run is over. So, by my estimation, you have approximately two weeks before you exit stage left. I betcha you’re the type of dude that would walk out on your team in game 6 of a close game then beg and plead to be let back in the arena. Good day, sir, see you tomorrow.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 4, 2014 at 3:00 PM

        Your team seems to be whoever the Heat are playing. We’ve seen you far more passionate about the Nets and Pacers this year than you were about the Lakers.

  5. jzone954 - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    *shot lmao. Sorry

  6. jzone954 - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    How can a laker fan moan about Ray Allen’s shot that tied the game, when Robert Horry actually helped save an seal a ring for the lakers…..with a big shot , like I said you’re a hypocrite.

  7. jzone954 - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Unlike me?! Lmmmmmaaaooo. You have issues bro. All of a sudden because of the Heat now there’s rules and a code on how to be a real fan? Please…
    It’s honestly LAUGHABLE how hurt and crazy you all get because of Miami. A real fan?!?!? Lmao

    • finsfan71 - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:34 PM

      Nailed it! These “real” fans take themselves much too seriously. Just a bunch of sports nerds. The fact is when their team sucks there’s nothing much to talk about except to knock the competition. I guess that’s the part that makes them “real fans.” Miami fans do disappear when their team sucks, it’s called losing gracefully. The Knicks suck, the Lakers sucks, the Celtics suck, yet they can only deal with the pain by insulting Heat fans. You’re not a super fan, you’re a super geek.

  8. goldmember21 - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Lakers in 5

    • finsfan71 - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:35 PM

      5 what, years?

  9. cantonbound13 - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    The bandwagon fans are getting restless

    • finsfan71 - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:49 PM

      Now Richie, how do you expect to sell your quota of rancid deli meat if you live on the pbt website 24/7? Insert bandwagon retort here ——>

  10. jzone954 - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    (Urkle voice) “Miami heat fans aren’t real fans like we are”…LMAO , please…

  11. prareedoggin - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    Canton, KB, and newyorkball all own LeBron jerseys

  12. prareedoggin - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    And use the Heat in NBA2K

  13. prareedoggin - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    And watch all the Heat games and comment on all Heat posts…. There Heat fans in disguise

  14. papichulo55 - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Rooting for the Heat to win does not need to automatically translate into disrespect and hate towards the Spurs. The Spurs truly are the closest team that resembles the Celtics Dynasty. They play with great discipline and emphasize teamwork. But they also twice failed to close-out the Heat. Once is a mistake, twice is a pattern. There have been many stats posted showing how and why the Spurs failed to get it done last year, and why this year will be different. Some of those posts looks like it took a lot of time and effort to research. But the very obvious reason is that the Heat simply refused to lose! And that has not changed in 2014.

    LBJ is a unique talent and the formation of the Heat is the future of the League. I have seen a lot of basketball, and loved the game for many years. I am fortunate enough to have seen Russell and Cousy play the Knicks at the old Garden on Eighth Ave. I saw Connie Hawkins, a young Wilt, and Earl The Goat take a 50-cent piece from the top of the backboard at Ruckers Park. Trust me, LBJ is special! There hasn’t been anyone like him. The Heat will not be defeated by these Spurs, or anyone else, as long as LBJ is teamed with the right teammates.

    Again, I applaud the career of Tim Duncan and the team culture of these Spurs, but its time to move aside. I expect a great series and hope that everyone stays healthy.

  15. wordyduke - Jun 4, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Spurs, 1997-8 until now, the Duncan years, 950-396, .706, regular-season record.

    Celtics, 1957-1969, the Russell years, 716-299, .705.

    Two dynasties. I don’t know if any other team has such a record for the period it was centered around its greatest player.

    • papichulo55 - Jun 4, 2014 at 2:32 PM

      OK. Im sure that LBJ and Wade, being great students of the game, knows and respects this. But the Spurs place in history will have nothing to do with the Tipoff tomorrow night. The Heat are laser focused on making their own history.

      Good luck and enjoy the game.

    • antistratfordian - Jun 4, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      Um… Russell was part of a dynasty because of what they did in the playoffs. No one calls the 60’s Celtics a dynasty because of their regular season record.

      This is Duncan’s very first time going to the finals in back-to-back seasons.

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