By:Kyle Caso


4 wins away from the NBA finals; 4 wins away from having a chance to hoist the Larry O'Brien trophy. This is what 30 teams prepare for every year; to be able to put themselves in a position to win this glorified trophy and be a top of the basketball world for 365 days. Yet as in every sport there can only be one. 

In the Eastern Conference Finals the Pacers took Game 1 in blowout fashion, but history tells us that the Heat don't lose back-to-back games as this trend continued. Game 2 would feature an offensive explosion from Lance Stephenson in the first half but Norris Cole was told something and whatever it was it held Stephenson to only 2 points in the fourth quarter. Speaking of the fourth quarter after a scuffle with Paul George and D-Wade which result in a knee-to-head contact of George per Wade, George was held in check for the fourth quarter. Meanwhile Lebron and D-Wade carried the Heat as they score 20 of the Heat’s 22 fourth quarter en route to a Game 2 win. This would tie the Eastern Conference Finals and give home court back to the Heat.

On the other side the Ibaka-less Thunder were simply eviscerated, to put it kindly,  by the Spurs under the command of one of the greatest basketball minds of the 21st century, Greg Popovich. Greg Popovich has proven again that team fundamentals always beat isolation based offense s. With Ibaka out Tim Duncan is averaging 20 and 10 in the series, as the Spurs dominated the paint in both games en route to a commanding 2-0 series lead.