Sports — 21 June 2013

I have to give credit to the Miami Heat and Lebron James. They took the best punches San Antonio had to offer it both game 6 and game 7 of the NBA Finals, and in the end Lebron and company persevered to their second straight Title. How good was Lebron in game 7? On a night when Ray Allen, Chris Bosh, and Mike Miller went scoreless, Lebron had his best game of the series. James finished with 37 points and 12 rebounds, and scored 5 of the Heat’s 12 three-point field goals. Even more impressive was his mid-range game. James hit a number of highly contested jumpers down the stretch. He shined brightest on the biggest stage when his team needed him most. Make that two rings for the Big 3, and three straight trips to the Finals. While the offense always gets all the attention, don’t overlook the defense. The Heat held the Spurs to just 38% in game 7, and Danny Green hit only 2 of 19 shots in the final two games of the series. Keep in mind, Green set a Finals mark by hitting 25 3′s in the first five games.

The series will be remembered for game 6, and how the Heat overcame a five-point deficit with 28-seconds to play to tie the game and win in overtime. And for the Spurs, they will regret that collapse for years to come. I give credit to the Spurs for their mental-toughness. Most teams would have been blown-out after collapsing like they did in game 6, yet there they were at the end of game 7 with a chance. Erik Spoelstra will never get the credit he deserves due to the talent he has in the Big 3. However, the Heat are only one of five teams to win consecutive titles in the last 40-years. Congratulations to both the Spurs and Heat for giving us one of the best Finals we have seen in a number of years. Hard fought and well-played. My kind of basketball.

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