It was one of the most entertaing NBA Finals games I have ever watched and thats going back 40 years.
Miami was thirty seconds away from watching an opposing team celebrate a championship on their home court.
The Spurs held a 10-point lead going to the fourth quarter, only to see the Heat take the lead, but San Antonio re-gained lead and in fact led by 5 with under 28 seconds left in regulation.
But Manu Ginobli and Kawhi Leonard each missed a free throw. The Spurs also gave up two offensive rebounds to Miami the led to three-pointers all the while Tim Duncan was on the bench.
Gregg Popovich has won four nba titles, he is considered the best coach in the league, but any other coach but Popovich would be crushed for the final moments of regulation and overtime and how he handled it. Popovich was almost stubborn in his coaching decisions.
Popovich left Manu Ginobli on the court for 35 minutes. He was awful finishing with nine points and eight turnovers. Ginobli had no buisness taking the Spurs final shot in the closing seconds of overtime
Which begs me to aski why Tony Parker was on the bench at that time?
TimDuncan was brilliant in the first half netting 25 points, but went just 2 for 8 after halftime. Parker hit two big shots in the fourth quarter but missed 16 of 23 shots for the game.
Then there's Lebron James, who scored 18 of his 32 points after the start of the fourth quarter and finished with 11 assists and 10 rebounds.
The "LeChoke" phrase would of been the narrative today had the Heat lost. James had two turnovers and two missed shots in the final minute of the regulation. But his three-pointer with 20 seconds left kept Miami alive.
This game featured classic moments withclassic mistakes. The drama and the greatness of Lebron. How can the Spurs bounce back on Thursday? I cant imagine Miami losing game seven.
The last road team to win a Game 7 for the title was the Washington Bullets over the Seattle SuperSonics in 1978.