|Posted by Sports With 3 on February 8, 2013 at 6:00 PM|
By: Noah Miller
The 2012-13 NBA season has been a wild, but interesting passage to eminence. I am already foreseeing the NBA Finals teams, and in this article I am going to explain my "Top 3 Perfect NBA Championships."
1.) Miami Heat versus Oklahoma City Thunder
-Player Rivalry: LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant
Last season, the Heat discovered a new rival; the young and energetic Oklahoma City Thunder. Miami faced OKC in the 2012 NBA Finals, and won game 5 to take the series . I am surprised at how strong the perimeter shooting is for both teams. LeBron James and Kevin Durant are hands-down the biggest rivals right now, and it's exciting to watch these players go at it. James brings an all-around game, but Durant brings a perimeter shooting with lights-out accuracy. Dwyane Wade and Russell Westbrook are both studs on the court. Wade brings his amazing cutting skills, and Westbrook brings his aggressive inside and outside style of play. I think both teams bring extreme talent to the table. This would be a game I would put on my bucket list.
2.) New York Knicks vs. San Antonio Spurs
The New York Knicks developed a new team after the playoffs last year, and I love seeing this team play. Carmelo Anthony developed a smooth stroke to his shot, making him destroy others around the 3-point line. I have been raving about Iman Shumpert's game over the past two weeks, and I have been loving his shot and defensive play. The Spurs have aged of the years, but Tony Parker has been impressive lately. Parker has been playing a "John Stockton" type of play, but he has incorporated a scoring edge too. I think the Spurs have matured as a team. San Antonio is looking for another ring, and I think they want to show the fans how they can produce even when they are older.
-Player Rivalry: Carmelo Anthony vs. Tim Duncan
3.) Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers
-Player Rivalry: Paul Pierce vs. Kobe Bryant
By the way both teams are playing, this game will probably never happen this season. Both teams are struggling to stay afloat in their respective conferences. I chose this game, because of the history both teams have against each other. Kobe Bryant facing Paul Pierce in a game that can change history.. what could be any better? Kevin Garnett facing Dwight Howard to see who comes off with the most points and rebounds! Both teams are extremely competitive; they just haven't had a positive season so far. If Rondo was healthy and Howard was 100% it would be even a better game. But, for now, I am just dreaming!