The Finals showdown was supposed to be all about LeBron James and Tim Duncan, the best player of this era against the best player of the last decade.

Then Tony Parker executed his last-second Globetrotter dribbling-act-and-circus shot to beat the shot clock and win Game 1, crashing the 2013 Finals.

But let’s not forget that Parker didn’t fly into South Beach under the NBA radar. He won the Finals MVP in 2007, the last time the Spurs were in the championship round and already has three rings.

“I was 21 when I won my first one,” he said. “I was like, this is going to be easy.”

It never is, but the main reason the Spurs are back here for the first time in six years is Parker.

He finished sixth in MVP voting this past season, which might have been a few places too low, considering how the Spurs ended the regular season as the No. 2 seed in the West. In the playoffs, he showed he was worthy of a higher finish when the Spurs swept the Grizzlies in the Western Conference finals.

Now he’s the one player who falls down before hitting epic shots and manages to keep Erik Spoelstra up at night. When they play Game 2 on Sunday night, James is going to be back on Parker late in the game if it’s close, just as he was when Parker made one of the great plays and shots in Finals history.

He’s had to spend the last few days advising his family and friends to calm down about his heroics.

“I’m like, you have to stop going crazy, we only won one game,” Parker said. “It will only mean something if we win the championship.”