Still smarting after his squad’s painful defeat at the hands of the Miami Heat in last season’s title series, Tim Duncan nonetheless expressed optimism that the San Antonio Spurs will be able to do better in the Finals this time around towards annexing the franchise’s fifth NBA championship.
Per NBA.com, the two-time MVP is looking forward to bounce back against the Heat in this return engagement. San Antonio had two chances of bagging the NBA Championship last year after going ahead 3 games to the Heat’s 2, but bungled both opportunities as Miami swept the last two matches to cop its 2nd diadem in a row.
“It’s unbelievable to regain that focus after exactly that, that devastating loss we had last year,” Duncan said. “But we’re back here and we’re excited about it and we’ve got four more to win. We’ll do it this time.”
The 38-year-old Wake Forest product has been busy turning back the clock all season long, averaging 15.1 ppg, 9.7 rpg and 1.9 blkpg during the eliminations and upping his scoring to 16.5 per in 18 postseason games so far.
The best-of-seven championship affair between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat is set to commence on Friday, June 6 ( Philippine time).
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