The 2013 NBA Finals will go down as a classic. Game 6 was clearly the apex with it’s endless amount of memorable moments but last night’s game 7 certainly lived up to the quality of the rest of the series. Both teams looked exactly how many expected: having battled through a crazy series only to settle it all with a final 7th game. The Spurs showed lots of heart all the way to the finish but it was simply Miami’s night and the Heat walked away with the championship trophy. Of course there are things you can point out about the Spurs’ approach and game plan (daring LeBron and Wade to shoot) but it was never a question of effort or wanting it less than the Heat. With less than a minute left in the game and the chance to tie, Duncan missed a shot in the lane that he’s made thousands of times. I found it impossible not feel bad for Duncan after he missed that shot. Uncanny and unfortunate for San Antonio but it was the shot that sealed their fate as the second place team. Manu Ginobili is the easy scapegoat for this loss but Danny Green’s normally efficient shot from behind the arc was nowhere to be found. Also, those were some REALLY questionable play calls by Popovich towards the end of the game. But it’s not all doom and gloom for the Spurs. Well, if Kawhi Leonard can make his free throws, then the young man looks to have all the tools of being a future all-star and potentially a superstar. Nothing but respect from myself and NBA fans around the world for the Spurs in their loss.
Unfortunately for Heat haters around the country (there are a lot) it was Miami’s night, repeating as champions of the NBA and are once again kings of the basketball world. LeBron James was phenomenal (37 pts, 12 reb, 4 ast) and was awarded the Finals MVP for a second straight year. But even though James was the best player on the court last night, Dwyane Wade came up big with his shooting from the floor and Shane Battier got hot from behind the arc to add more scoring. Miami taking advantage of the shooting opportunities given to them was the stuff of champions and it was enough to take home the title. Who’s the happiest about winning the title? Well, obviously the teammates winning their first title but even more that guy named Chris Bosh. Zero points last night Bosh? Are you kidding me? Bosh was clearly going to be the target of all targets to blame had Miami not been able to win last night’ game. Hind sight though, as the celebration continues in South Beach and now going forward the word “dynasty” starts to be thrown around. It’s a little early for that because I think that a team needs to win at least three titles in 4-5 years to be considered a true dynasty. Remember that LeBron was VERY close to being 1-3 in the Finals with another summer of questions so let’s calm down for a second and continue to celebrate or hate on this Miami Heat team. We have all summer to discuss and debate the long term implications.
Where do I even begin to discuss last night’s game? We’ll defer to LeBron James on this one, quoted as saying “It’s by far the best game I’ve ever been a part of,” after his triple-double performance led the Heat to a crazy victory in overtime. As always in these situations, I have to ask: was this more of a Spurs loss or a Heat win? All signs point to the fact that the Spurs had this game, had it on two occasions. First it was during the 3rd quarter, holding a 12 point lead with only 1 minute left in the quarter and a chance to really put a strangle on the game in the 4th. The second time was of course in the final minute following two incredibly clutch plays by Tony Parker who, up to that point, was having a less than stellar game. I thought to myself “Wow…that’s the game, Parker has the MVP” but then all hell broke loose and like the rest of the series, no one could predict what happened. Poor Kawhi Leonard, he had the dunk of the night right over (one shoe) Mike Miller but couldn’t complete the two most important points of the night. Then the game essentially came down to a couple of offensive rebounds by Miami, resulting in massive 3s by both LeBron and Ray Allen. Allen’s 3 to tie the game was the most clutch shot of the year.
From Tim Duncan’s incredible first half (feels like a wasted effort now) to LeBron’s choice to ignore his headband and essentially go beast mode in the 4th quarter. An incredible game all around but a part of me can’t help but feel that it was the Spurs best opportunity to win the series. Can the Spurs win game 7 on the road? History says they can’t, the last time a team to win the NBA title on the road in a game 7 was the Washington Bullets in 1978. But I can’t put anything above this Spurs team. Or above this series because it’s simply been too unpredictable and every game has something new in store for the fans. Neither team can win two in a row. If the Spurs want to win the game, they’re going to have to set the tone early. Oh yeah, Manu Ginobili: stop turning the ball over at the most critical points in the game. Was Ginobili fouled on that final possession in the lane with a couple of seconds left in OT? Probably but I know this league too well to not expect the officials to make a call there. Certainly more of a foul than the Chris Bosh block to the end the game on the desperation 3 by Danny Green. I’m sticking with my prediction (winner of game 6 wins the series) but at the same time, i’ve learned that the sky is the limit for this series.
As last night’s game was going on, I couldn’t help but feel that Spurs were just waiting for the right moment to strike. Taking the Heat’s punches with the type of poise that you’d expect from a rested, experienced veteran squad that has been there and done that. Sure, it’s been six years since the Spurs were in the Finals but it looked like another routine win last night. LeBron’s triple-double wasn’t enough for Miami as San Antonio used a strong 4th quarter to come from behind and steal game 1 of the Finals. The Spurs actually showed a bit of rust, not rest, during most of the 1st quarter but Miami wasn’t able to completely take control of the game. Tim Duncan started 0 for 5 from the field but then bounced back greatly, finishing with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Duncan was the anchor for the Spurs but the spark was clearly Tony Parker and even though Parker’s stat line (21 pts, 6 ast) wasn’t great, he was a match up nightmare for the Heat all night long. Anytime the Heat were trying to extended their lead (up by 7 in the 3rd) there was Parker, making a big play to keep the Spurs in the game. Honestly, I have no idea how Parker got this shot off to clinch the game. Then came the 4th quarter and the Spurs experience took over while Miami seemed a bit fatigued, looking every bit like a team that had just been through a tough 7-game series.
So what must the Heat do to avoid a deadly 0-2 hole? For starters, Chris Bosh can’t be taking 3-point shots from that part of the arc in a clutch situation. If i’m on defense, I can live with Bosh shooting a 3 from anywhere that’s not the corner of the floor. LeBron certainly did everything that he could (18 pts, 18 reb, 10 ast) but when it came to the 4th quarter, he had very little support. Dwyane Wade actually had a good game up to that point but was held to 0 points in the 4th while Bosh only had 2 in the period. Was fatigue the greatest factor for Miami during that period? The Spurs make teams work for the points and don’t beat themselves. Yes, San Antonio had a bit of luck with that Parker shot but then again, the Spurs put themselves in the lead on that possession. Miami was leading throughout the game but when it mattered most, the Spurs experience and their superior coaching was evident. If I had to bet, i’d say that Miami bounces back but it’ll be interesting how they do it. Will we see a masterful performance by LeBron? This series has the potential to be a classic one. Stay tuned.
I love these micro-movies that the NBA has on their YouTube channel. I just wish they’d do them for the conference finals or even earlier in the playoffs.
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NBA Star Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat was spotted strolling through the luxuriously ultra-exclusive streets of St. Tropez with wifie Adrienne Nicole Williams. The couple temporarily tied the knot back in April, so let’s see how long it takes Chris Bosh to cheat with some Miami Beach hottie. I understand that’s a mean & inconsiderate thing to say, but let’s face it, the dude is a professional athlete after all and there are only so many women a single dude can resist when he’s on the road with his team.
And for the record, even though he’s off the court, Chris is still sporting his shoe sponsor! Here’s a closer look:
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First & foremost, major congrats to Dirk Nowitzki & the Dallas Mavs. Considering how this will be his only championship, let’s hope he’s relishing in the moment. Personally, I was hoping for a game 7 b/c the finals have kicked serious ass, but sadly that’s not going to happen.
Let’s admit it, the media was aching to see LeBron James fail, so get ready to have an entire summer filled with LeBron-related stories about how he’s a choke-artist, possibly too soft when it comes time to go all in, made a huge mistake w/ Miami & God knows what else. People fail to realize that the dude is simply taking baby steps toward a crazy championship streak. I think he’ll probably have a seizure when he finally wins it b/c come on now, it’s only time until the inevitable!
NBA FREAKS: What’s your take on all this?
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First of all, what’s up with the seven day break between the conference finals & the finals?! You’d think they’d at least have one game over the long weekend, but I guess the NBA decided to give everyone a vacation. Oh well.
I’m pulling for the Heat, but would not mind seeing Dirk & Co. pull through since he probably won’t have another opportunity. That’s why it’s kinda sad that Dallas has to face off against the triple threat of LeBron, D. Wade & Bosh, but I still think they can exploit certain matchups & sneak out an upset. While Miami obviously has the blockbuster stars, I still think Dallas has the far deeper team.
Anyway, for those of you who’ve been following the playoffs, sound off below with your thoughts, predictions, analysis, cheap shots at Kobe for getting booted, etc, etc.
May the best team win!!
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Most definitely, the party to hit this past Saturday night following the dunk contest was a charity dinner thrown by Jay-Z, NBA All-Star LeBron James, Sprite & Bing (let’s just say there was a shit load cash behind the party)! The event was held at Craft in Century City (owned by Top Chef judge, Tom Colicchio–the “bald dude”).
The three starters for the Heat were on hand with their delicious lady-friends & not surprisingly, D. Wade’s Gabby Union was by far the hottest in attendance. That woman is like fine milk-chocolately wine, damn it!! D-D-D-D-DAAAYUMMMM!!
Others in attendance included Rihanna (celebrated her 23rd birthday yesterday!!), John Legend, Ciara , Brandy, Jamie Foxx, Melanie Fiona and more big-doggs. Here’s a pic of future billionaires Jay-Z & LeBron:
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These were snapped last night as Chris Bosh & his fiancee Adrienne Williams finished up dinner in Miami.
Just like we told Nicki: DON’T DO IT, CHRIS!!
What’s the point of being an obscenely rich basketball player living in Hottie Heaven (Miami Beach) & then mummifying your penis in a definitely temporary & potentially costly marriage? Why don’t learn from LeBron & just have a long-term girlfriend? Any which way you do the math, the result will always be to remain single & date, especially if you’re a NBA basketball player.
And for those of you bastards who don’t know, Chris Bosh already has a baby-momma, so you’d think he learn from that experience. Read more about it below:
On March 24, 2009, it was reported that Bosh’s former girlfriend, Allison Mathis, was seeking child support and sole custody of their child. Mathis alleged that when she was seven months pregnant, Bosh stopped supporting her financially and tried to remove her from their home. Three days later, it was reported that the dispute was only over the amount Bosh paid. Mathis’ lawyer also told the press, “My client very much wanted this dispute to remain private. Certainly this thing did not get started by anything on our side… She is very distressed that somehow this thing got into the newspapers. She wants Trinity to have a good relationship with her dad, Chris Bosh, and adverse publicity makes that more difficult.” [Source]