Dang! That was a tough loss. Great game though by both teams. Excellent basketball on both sides. Congrats to the Heat on pulling that one out. I'm afraid the Spurs needed to win this one. But they've proven they can come back from every loss. So we'll see. Hope they can do it.
Popovich has to own this loss. Spurs should have fouled when they were up by three with 29 seconds left. All they had to do was prevent a 3 pointer or a "and one." But they didn't foul and the Heat got the three they needed in the waning seconds.
Popovich will be questioned for sticking with Ginobli. But I can live with that decision. Ginobli played poorly, but he is one of the Spurs best players and Popovich had confidence in him. More questionable was why the Spurs got away from Duncan in the second half. He dominated in the first half. But no reason for the Spurs to blow a five point lead that late in regulation.
Lebron decided to play like a man in the fourth quarter. Which once again begs the question: why doesn't he play like that all the time? Even if the Heat win game 7 and Lebron scores 50, that still won't negate a lot of warranted criticism of Lebron and the Heat. They have continued to underachieve, and I continue to call them soft.
But that was a great basketball game all the way around. One of the best NBA games I've ever seen. Congrats to Miami on pulling out a tremendous victory. I think they win game 7 easily. Spurs needed to close it out tonight, and they blew it. I don't see them bouncing back from this one. But one thing about this series is that it's completely unpredictable. So I shouldn't count them out.
I don't have the energy to break out your comments, so I'll address them in general (I nearly took a bar apart in the last 8 minutes of the game).
Yeah, I don't understand why the Spurs didn't foul then.
Lebron has lived down to your expectations most of this series. He has been "soft" beyond belief and it is embarrassing. Worse is his entitled looks for fouls. Tonight with just minutes left in a likely loss he sat on the floor yelling for a foul while the Spurs drove the ball up the court. I would (wow I actually cursed there) have a long and spirited talk about his seeming attempts to merely draw fouls without driving for the shot then getting back on defense.
Given the fact I nearly killed people tonight over this game (a lot of non basketball fans showed up at the bar to cheer against Lebron or just keep whining about fouls which nearly started a race war), I am not sure you can count San Antonio out. One thing is certain, they played a great game tonight and the Heat didn't, and the Spurs lost.
But I could see the Spurs winning game seven. The have better coaching. Deeper pool of talent and experience. It's Miami's series to lose and what I saw tonight wasn't too reassuring. San Antonio ain't gonna be shook like Miami seems capable of.
I wouldn't bet on the next game give the odds right now. I wouldn't've bet tonight either.
Lebron for his own sense of sanity better pull off an amazing performance in game seven win or lose.
So Gebre, let's say Lebron closes game seven huge with a win, who does the series MVP go to?
Could you be looking at the losing squad getting an MVP nod? Green or Duncan?
I don't see how Lebron earns it, unless maybe he single handedly wins game seven in a close out manner.
Good thoughts brother. Do I dare say we agree in our assessment?
If Lebron dominates game 7 then I give him the MVP of the series. His performance in tonight's fourth quarter was excellent. If he plays four quarters like that in game 7, then those combined 5 quarters will have been the difference in the series. So I'd give it to him.
But even if the Spurs lose, I'm convinced that Tim Duncan is a better player than Lebron. At least right now. Lebron has lots of years left and he'll only get better. But Duncan is much more consistent right now. I hope the Spurs will use him for four quarters in game 7 like they used him in the first two quarters of tonight's game.
From a raw statistical analysis, Lebron is simply the best player in the series, but I am not sure if that necessarily translates immediately into being an MVP, as counter-intuitive as that sounds.
I think leadership and how someone handles themselves on the court and some other so-called intangibles should be considered and can't help but be considered.
I dunno, I just don't like Lebron's attitude during this series and wouldn't mind seeing the Heat take the series and give Duncan the MVP. He is implacable, honest, and humble. A real sportsman along with being the real center of the team on the court rather than Lebron who is at best a catalyst and sometime leader. He is only 28 which I constantly find myself reminding people of. I don't know what they expected from a 25 year old when he moved to Miami or even a 28 year old in terms of team leadership.
Given his absurd talent, absurd remuneration for that talent, he has held it together as well as any young person I imagine could.
Stats are going to lead you to Lebron in nearly any series, as he is simply the greatest basketball player alive.
Part of me would like to see Duncan get some accolade and perhaps take a little from Lebron. Unlike the haters I was around tonight, I think it would be good for him in the long run and the league to recognize the consistency of character, poise, and performance of Duncan.
Then boot that straw man of a coach in Miami and get someone who can coach Lebron and really develop him into the potential he has to become the sort of presence Duncan is on the court. If can't coach your star, you can't coach anyone else.
I am wired and tired, so with a grain of salt.