Tim Duncan, after the Spurs beat the Thunder in Game 6, didn’t mince words during his on-court interview with David Aldridge.
“We’ve got four more to win. We’ll do it this time.”
In his postgame press conference, Duncan expanded.
“We’re happy that it’s the Heat again,” Duncan said. “We’ll be ready for them. We’ve got some experience, obviously, from last year against them, and we’ll go back and look at some film. And we’ve got that bad taste in our mouths still. Hopefully, we’ll be ready to take it this time.”
LeBron James heard him loud and clear.
Ethan Skolnick of Bleacher Report:
To some degree, I think this is LeBron just looking for motivation, contriving a way to work himself up.
There is a perception by many fans the Spurs represent the best of professional sports and the Heat the worst. For these people, it’s wrong that LeBron, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh took their futures into their own hands and signed with the Heat. The Spurs did it the right way – sitting their injured superstar as long as possible, tanking, lucking into a No. 1 pick, drafting a future Hall of Famer and building around him for nearly two decades. Or something like that.
Anyway, I’ve never seen Duncan and the Spurs feed into that narrative by declaring a moral supremacy to Miami, but that doesn’t mean LeBron can’t project those opinions onto the Spurs themselves anyway. Whatever gets him in the right state of mind for the NBA Finals.
Duncan has a much easier task in that regard. He just has to think about last year.