The NBA Finals are just getting under way, with the San Antonio Spurs taking Game 1 on the road by a score of 92-88 against the defending champion Miami Heat on Thursday evening.
Although the series has a long way to go, it's not too early for either team's fanbase to envision what a title would look like.
The NBA released mock photos on Instagram of what rings and banners would look like for both teams in the event that they should capture the Larry O'Brien Trophy:
Those ring designs are rather flashy but simplistic, so it will be intriguing to see what the winning squad comes up with as it makes its mark in the NBA record books. On the other hand, any time a banner hangs from a team's rafters, it's a wonderful achievement regardless of the aesthetic look.
It will certainly be interesting, too, to see how the finals progress on the court, because the series should be a nail-biter if the first contest was any indication.
Spurs point guard Tony Parker put up 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, including a clutch bank shot to clinch the game late, as San Antonio overcame a triple-double by league MVP LeBron James to pull out the win in AmericanAirlines Arena.
Three-time NBA Finals MVP Tim Duncan is still getting it done for San Antonio at age 37, as the power forward took advantage of Miami's lack of size to put up 20 points and 14 rebounds. Duncan added four assists and three blocked shots.
The trio of Parker, Duncan and sixth man extraordinaire Manu Ginobili has won the Spurs three NBA titles under head coach Gregg Popovich.
The Spurs outscored the Heat 23-16 in the fourth quarter, largely thanks to Parker's brilliance, and will look to even the series in Game 2 before possibly playing three consecutive times in San Antonio thereafter.
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