Throughout the past six weeks, NBA fans have seen a series of upsets, buzzer beaters, 7th game craziness, groundbreaking slam dunks and endless excitement. Soon, we’ll be treated to a rematch that’s shaping up to be one brilliant showdown. It’s the first time we’ve seen a Finals rematch since the 90s, and the collection of talent on both sides is unparalleled in recent history. The questions and predictions are flying, Can the Heat land their third straight championship? What do Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan have up their sleeves? Can they contain the “Michael Jordan of our Era”? Before it all begins on Thursday, let’s take a look back at some of the greatest moments of the 2014 Playoffs so far.
Damian Lillard’s game-winning basket
After an exciting back-and-forth series, The Trail Blazers were 2 points behind the Rockets in game 7 with only 9 seconds to go. The team had not won a series in 14 years. Damian Lillard fed on the pressure, and made a staggering last minute three-pointer for the game. Amazing.
Kevin Durant’s humble MVP acceptance speech
The Thunder forward accepted his first MVP award, and while fighting back tears, gave an emotional and grateful acceptance speech. Durant solidified his reputation as a class act.
We Are One
After swarming news reports and press surrounding The Clippers, the team lead the We Are One movement, displaying unity, harmony and sportsmanship. Other teams mirrored the movement, and fans banded together to show their support.
The Tomahawk Slam heard ‘round the world
In game 5 of the Spurs vs. Thunder, Russell Westbrook strikes with an outrageous Tomahawk Slam to set the momentum high. This is the stuff of legendary slam dunks.
LeBron James’ amazing reverse dunk
Game 4 vs. the Pacers, and James appeared unstoppable on the court. He blazed past defenders and makes an extremely difficult shot look effortless. You can watch the wild backwards dunk here.