After Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final between the Pacers and the Heat , I asked my nephew who he thought was going to win . Like me , he is not a Heat fan but he said that no matter if the Pacers won Game 6 , it would only prolong the agony ; there was no way Miami would lose Game 7 at home . While knowing in my heart of hearts that he was right , I allowed myself a moment of hope when the Pacers jumped off to an early lead in the decider. Then James took over and the game and the series was decided by halftime .
The Miami – San Antonio series kicks off tonight and it should be a close one , a good one but I don’t need to ask anyone who’s going to win. Skip Bayless has already picked the Spurs to win in seven and that’s a certain kiss of death. He trots out a number of reasons why San Antonio will prevail one of which is that DWade will be ineffective because he will be fruitlessly chasing Tony Parker all over the court , tiring himself out and becoming a non-factor.
Be that as it may , I can think of many reasons why Miami should prevail the chief one being that LeBron James is in a class by himself and that the Spurs have no one to contain him . Indiana had the 7-2 Hibbert guarding the paint , contesting the middle and , good as Tim Duncan is, he doesn’t provide nearly the same defensive presence. I can’t imagine that Chris Bosh will pull of another disappearing act or that Shane Battier and Ray Allen will be as ineffectual as they were against Indiana. And then of course there is the home -court advantage that Miami enjoys . For San Antonio , Tony Parker is at the top of his game and Greg Popovich has them playing like a well oiled machine but all that will do is make the series close . Miami in 7.