Throwback Thursday: Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs Sweep LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2007
A lot has changed since 2007. Back then, the Spurs’ unquestioned leader Tim Duncan was still trying to carve his way into the record books. Six years later, he’s positioned himself as the greatest power forward in the history of the NBA. That’s no small feat but it could also be a crippling reminder that Duncan, and the Spurs as a unit, are on the downswing of an incredible legacy. On the other hand, the Miami Heat, led by LeBron James, seem to only be getting better, in spite of a hard knock, seven-game series against the Indiana Pacers. Nowadays, it’s foolish to question Bron’s greatness. But in 2007? Well, as we said, things were different.
The Spurs entered the 2007 NBA Finals as heavy favorites over the Cleveland Cavaliers. And for good reason. The Cavs’ supporting cast was far from comparable to the Spurs’ at the time. Not to mention, their leader entered Game 1 as a mere 22-year old yet to reach his prime. Sure enough, the Spurs did as expected and steamrolled the inexperienced Cavaliers four games to none. It was never close. It was never fair.
Six years later and the matchup seems a bit more even. LeBron might have changed scenery but he certainly hasn’t forgot the pain of defeat — especially one so embarrassingly lopsided. We’re going to hold off on sharing our predictions and end with this: We hope to see some amazing hoops. And we hope the best team hoists the O’Brien trophy when it’s all said and done.