Some people probably would have preferred to see some fresh faces in the in the Finals. Some would like to have seen Kevin Durant, the league MVP, play on the game’s biggest stage. Some people just really, really hate Miami.
However, even if your heart didn’t want a rematch between San Antonio and Miami, your brain has to admit that is could be pretty awesome. After all, these two teams went seven games last year and gave us one of the greatest Game 6s of all-time, and there is some serious history on the line. If the Spurs win, it will be their fifth championship in six tries, which will cement Tim Duncan’s status as one of the all-time great champions. On the other hand, if the Heat win, LeBron and company will join just the Lakers, Celtics and Bulls as the only team to pull off the rare championship three-peat.
Of course, it’s way too early to call this one of the greatest championship rematches in NBA history. The Finals haven’t even started yet. But there’s definitely potential here. And today, to get you thinking about history, here are the 12 other Finals rematches (back-to-back only), presented in order of greatness.
Take a look, and get pumped for Thursday night!