The Miami Heat were able to bounce the Brooklyn Nets and Indiana Pacers in series where revenge was a motivating factor for their opponent. That theme continues and intensifies in the NBA Finals as the San Antonio Spurs will be welcoming the Heat to Texas for the start of the Finals this week.
Despite always remaining focused and not spending too much attention on things outside of the playbook, Heat players like Chris Bosh are well aware that revenge is yet again a theme in this series and it’s perhaps the most prevalent and dangerous it’s been.
As Ira Winderman passes along, Bosh notes that this Spurs team — like the Pacers before them — are fueled and motivated by the element of revenge after the way things ended in the 2013 NBA Finals.
“Oh, yeah, absolutely. We know what that feels like,” he said. “Yeah, I mean, it’s extra motivation for those guys … we understand that. … So it’s just something that we have to deal with, and we know that they’re going to be very passionate, and they’re going to play some good basketball.”
The Heat are well equipped to deal with revenge and the Spurs will be no different, but they’re more dangerous in that they’re markedly better than both the Nets and Pacers which poses a major threat for the Heat and their quest to win a third straight title.