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.
Boston goalie Tuuska Rask stopped 28 shots for his third shutout of the 2013 playoffs in leading the Bruins to a 2-0 win over Chicago in game three of the Stanley Cup Fianls. Rask is red hot. He has not allowed a goal in the last 122 minutes of this series. He's the reason why Boston is ahead 2-1 against the Blackhawks.
The winner of the series may well be the last team standing. The teams split the first two games , with the Blackhawks winning Game 1 in triple-overtime and the Bruins taking game two in overtime. Last night Boston dominated the play from start to finish.
Chicago was dealt a blow prior to Monday's game when forward Marian Hossa was scratched after being hit by a puck during warm-ups. Boston defensemen Zdeno Chara was also injured in warmups but only needed stitches after his collision with teammate Milan Lucic.
Everything the city of Boston has gone through since the Boston Marathon Bombings, I have found myself rooting for the Bruins, which is taboo in Western, New York but I don't care
The Bruins have won seven straight home playoff game. History is not on Chicago's side, as teams winning Game 3 after splitting the first two games of the finals have gone on to win the Stanley Cup 84% of the time since the best-of-seven format was adopted in 1939.
During commercial breaks last night I did flip over to HBO and watched Die Hard. Over the years that movie has climbed the charts, in fact its one of the few flicks I will stay on rather than going back to a sporting event. Other movies include: Godfather I & II, Gladiator and Josey Wales.
And finally Zach Wheeler makes his long-awaited major league debut for the Mets tonight in Atlanta. The Mets traded Carlos Beltran for the 23-year hard-throwing right-hander in 2011.
Wheeler is the Mets top prospect. Although the team is a lousy team this year, the future does look bright with Wheeler, another flame thrower Matt Harvey anchoring the starting staff, to go along with third baseman David Wright and second baseman Daniel Murphy.
Lebron James looked absent offensively in Sunday's 114-104 loss to San Antonio. James did finish with 25 points on just 8-of-22 shooting, but did not perform as the best player in the world.
With James struggling the Spurs led start to finish. They played as a desperate team. A team that had to win, while Miami played with no sense of urgency.
Manu Ginobili had scored a total of 30 points through the first four games, last night he tallied 24 points and 10 assists.
Making his first start all season, Ginobli lifted the Spurs offense from the opening tip. The 36-year old reminded all of us of how good he has been during his career and can stilbe.
Danny Green has been incredible this series. The North Carolina product set an NBA Finals recored for 3-pointers with 25 against the Heat. Green drained 6-pointers and netted 24 points in game five. If the Spurs go on to win, Green is certainly the mvp.
The defending champion Heat now faces elimination for the second time this postseason and third time since James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh joined forces.
Since the finals went to 2-3-2 format in 1985, only three teams have won the final two games at home, they are he 1988 Los Angeles Lakers against the Detroit Pistons, the 1994 Houston Rockets against the New York Knicks and the 2010 Lakers against the Boston Celtics.
I found myself rooting hard for Phil Mickelson on Sunday at the U.S. Open Championship. Mickelson carried a one-stroke lead into the final round at Merion Golf Club, and in the process took second place at the US Open for the sixth time in his career. Mickelson tied for second with Jason Day, finishing 3 over, two shots behind Justin Rose, who claimed his first major championship
On his 43rd birthday Mickelson summed up the day. Heartbreak I mean, this is tough to swallow after coming so close. This was my best chance of all.”
And finally, on Friday quarterback EJ Manuel signed a four-year deal worth $8.9 million, a day after the Bills closed a three-day mandatory minicamp. The deal does nclude a $4.84 million signing bonus, plus there is an option to add a fifth year to the contract, My only hopes now are that Manuel win the starting qb job for the regular season. I am not the biggest fan of Kevin Kolb, who needs to change his jersey number. I am offended his wears number four. That number, worn by Brett Favre, is reserved for guys who stay on the field.
Kudos to my wife and daughter for a wonderful father's day.
Great players aren't always great, they're only great when they have to be. Down 2-1 in the NBA Finals Lebron James was great in leading Miami to a 109-93 win over San Antonio. The big three played big.
James finished with 33 points and 11 rebounds, Dwayne Wade netted 32 points, and Chris Bosh added 20 points and 13 boards.
Wade has faded in the second half in the first three games of the finals. Wade tood 25 shots, added six steals while reminding us that is one the all-time great 2-guards in the history of the league.
The big three flipped the switch when they needed too. Its been their m.o. all season long. James, Wade and Bosh combined for 85 points.
The Heat only had seven offensive rebounds, but took 15 more shots. The reason they forced 18 San Antontio turnovers.
I thought the winner of Thursday night's game would win the series. The best of seven is now a best of three. And for the record the Heat still have not lost two in a row since Jan. 8 and 10.
Other thoughts I am so Worried about my dog Sparky, who had dizzy spells last night. I am taking him to vet this morning. So stressed out about it.
And my yard is still a mess. This has not been a great week. However, better days are ahead.
Pittsford Mendon's Gavin Hall is taking part in his first PGA Tour major championship with today's start of the U.S. Open Chammpionship.
Gavin qualified for the Open by winning the sectional qualifier. In fact, Hall birdied the last four holes of the qualifier to get into the field .
The 18-year old is set to attend Texas in the fall. The lefty has the all the talent to make it big some day on the tour. A smart, humble kid with a wonderful family. Besides rooting for Tiger to win, I am cheering for Hall to make the cut and be part of the weekend field. Something tells success on the tourn is the future for Hall.
And finally, whats better than overtime playoff hockey. Last night Chicago and Boston played three overtimes, which equates to 1 hour, 52 minutes, 14 seconds of hockey, the fifth-longest game in the history of the Stanley Cup finals. The game featured seven goals and 117 shots.
Since the NHL introduced the best-of-seven format back in 1939, the team that won game one of the finals has gone on to the series over 76% of the time. Boston, who rallied for three goals down in game seven against Toronto, blew a two goal lead with 13 minutes left in regulation.
Glad to see its raining again. Maybe the most despressing start to summer I can ever remember.