Let's start off by saying what a h*ll of a finals it has been! Every game has been entertaining. It's amazing to see Duncan play at the level he is, especially at his age.
But this is where the shocking fact comes in: The series is tied despite Miami not playing their best basketball. I have watched the heat's defense be terrible all series compared to last year. One can argue that maybe it's not the Heat's defense and it's just the fact that the spurs are that great, but truly, the heat's defense is severely poor this entire series.
However, I am enjoying d-wade (my favorite player) getting off to a great start each game (well most of the games) and seeing the team pull through 3 times now. I also would like to take a moment to put an end to the mj comparison of lebron and mj. I want you to understand that I am not putting a negative spin on this, however, I am simply stating they are different players. Lebron, to me, is a super athletic magic johnson and also better in the post and a better defender as well. The only thing in common with lebron and mj is their athletic ability. Their post moves are drastically different. Mj also had an amazing jump shot while lebron's is not as consistent (it could be next year or the year after if he puts in more work).
In addition, I would like to point out that many people on here are severely angry and biased about the "late no calls". Let's put an end to this. Ginobli clearly traveled and that's why there was a no-call. I would also like to say that all game, there have been missed calls on both ends of the court. Honestly, I think these refs are just letting them play.
Lastly, I want to make a prediction, but not a guarantee. What I saw from game 6 was the best the spurs could play and it still wasn't enough. Sir Duncan played as if it was the 2nd half of game 7, 2005 where he went f*cking nuts on the pistons... and it still wasn't enough. Parker was unbelievable, and it still wasn't enough. Leonard and his amazing defense... and let's not forget that amazing dunk... still was not enough. I think the Heat have finally figured things out and I predict they'll win game 7.
Unfortunately, I think Miami wins game 7 too. But dont count out the Spurs. Gonna be a war on Thursday. Btw, what do the '78 Washington Bullets and the Celtics of '69 and '74 have in common? Answer: All 3 teams won the NBA Championship by winning game 7 on the road. Its tough, but it can be done. Like I said, its gonna be an all out war but in the end I gotta feeling Miami will come out on top.
just a side note, parker was 6 for 23.. stunk it up. but agreed, I say heat in 7 but who knows in this series??
The Heat either blow the Spurs out, or the Spurs win in my opinion. It's been a series of adjustments and the team who lost the previous game has won each time.
I am also afraid that the Heat will win. I am still waiting for an out of this world performance of Lebron and I predict that it will happen in game 7.
Duncan is running on fumes on the 4th, he miss shots that was easy for him, coach pop anchor for defense is duncan, splitter is a role player, they surely miss the presence of robinson,
manu and parker didn't played there best on game 6, hope those 2 bounce back with a hell of a game, cause i bet all my money to the spurs
go spurs! #spursforlife!
"they surely miss the presence of robinson"
You realize they played without him for 10 years already right?
That's like saying, "the Heat surely miss the presence of Alonzo Mourning"
As someone else said Parker was 6-23, Ginobli had 9 points and Danny Green made 1 shot. Duncan and Leonard performed above expectations, but I think that the first 3 I mentioned will do much better in Game 7. And there is no way in hell San Antonio shoots 27% from 3 again.
Miami should get a better offensive game from Bosh and Wade, but probably won't get 20 from Chalmers. Last night San Antonio absolutely packed it in defensively and took away all driving lanes. It was clear that the Heat were frustrated and forcing the action. The only thing that saved them was shooting 57% from 3.
The only way I see MIami winning is if they reward the Heat players forcing the action, with free throws. So many times last night Wade and Bron initiated the contact while San Antonio jumped straight up. The refs did not call those fouls and you could see that it frustrated them. They threw their hands up, glared at the refs and were slow to get back on D which often times created opportunities for the Spurs. Not being able to get out in transition or drive the lane really takes the Heat out of their game. It will be interesting to see how the game is officiated. If the Heat get those calls in Game 7 it could be the difference.
Yeah, how exactly did the Spurs play their best game? Ginobli was abominably bad, Parker had a bad game, Green was nonexistent, and Duncan, after a historic first half had 5 points the rest of the game (All in the third).
I hate when people say "The Heat are struggling and only down 6". No, most of the time a few select players are struggling, but the defense is their and other guys are stepping up. If the Heat were struggling, the other team would be winning by double digits.
This series has shown game to game momentum has meant nothing. But I honestly have no clue who is going to win this game. The Heat have too many highs and lows to act as if this is a foregone conclusion for them.
I have a hard time seeing the Spurs win this series after Game 6. They were up 5 with 28 seconds left. I dont see them getting a better opportunity then that to win the game. 4 possessions and all they had to do was not give up 2 3's or score 2 points and they couldnt do it.
I don't care who wins, as long as the game is as good or better than game 6 to be honest.
The Spurs should have pulled out game 6. They are gassed.
For the Heat, I am sure they are really tired too, but they have several guys playing good basketball: LeBron, Wade, Bosh, Ray Allen, Chalmers, Mike Miller, and Shane Battier. So pretty much all their guys are playing well. Birdman is even back in the rotation and he still has 6 fouls. I think the Heat should play a tight rotation. Basically those first seven guys and then Birdman here and there. Like when they need a shot blocker on the floor or a guy to foul Tim Duncan.
Game 7 is in Miami and the Heat are better built for a Game 7. Two guys can take over a game (LeBron and D Wade), Bosh is very solid on both ends of the floor, and then Allen, Miller, Battier, and Chalmers can shoot the ball at a high rate. I don't think that Norris Cole and Udonis Haslem see much of the floor Thursday night. Even Birdman is in good shape, since the Spurs are electing to bring Tiago Splitter off the bench, which is a good matchup for Birdman.
Oh, but JORDAN never had a Finals series go 7 games (eyes roll).
Bosh said that the fans that left early in game 6,shouldn't come to game 7.......lol
This post sounds like it should be in the Heat section on ESPN. Seriously... Did you watch the game? You think the Spurs played their best game? You think the Heat looked like they've figured things out?
Other than Duncan and Leonard, nobody really played great for the Spurs. Parker made some big shots, but he was 6-23. Manu was terrible. The role players didn't really make a great impact.
And to say the Heat looked like they figured things out is funny. Give them credit for fighting back and making huge shots, but they were on the ropes big time. They were outplayed 75% of the game.
To be real here... And based on what w'eve seen this entire series, game seven could go either way. No team has lost twice in a row in this series.
The Heat have the momentum but I would not rule out the Spurs, maybe Coach Poppovich should have had Duncan on court at the end of regular time as one rebound could have clinched it. I hope the Kawhi Leonard does not get affected by missing the first free throw.
Did you know?
The Miami Heat have been alternating wins/losses since game-1 of the ECF against the Pacers. They haven't lost two straight nor won two straight since winning game 5 vs the Bulls and game 1 vs the Pacers.