It feels like the opportunities to make memes and jokes about the Miami Heat and LeBron James are running out, as the San Antonio Spurs need just one more win to seal the deal and become NBA champions.
One of the most impressive things about the Spurs taking a 3-1 lead was how they did it on the road. They didn’t play all that well at home against the Heat, slightly lucking out when LeBron James got cramps in the first game and looking slow in the second game.
But then came the two devastating performances in Miami. They won both games by a combined 40 points as the player criticized more than anyone else, Kawhi Leonard, suddenly turning it up a gear or two on both ends of the floor, and setting himself up to win the Finals MVP.
It’s still not over, and with the talent the Heat have, it’s hard to ignore their ability to bounce back and at least get some respect back with a second win. However, when trying to consider how badly they’ve looked in Games 3 & 4, the likelihood of them suddenly playing like defending champions doesn’t seem that great.