A 2nd Chance

LeBron James 2013

The Miami Heat are your 2013 NBA Champions after defeating the San Antonio Spurs 95-88. That sounds like a stretch considering they were 28seconds away on Tuesday from losing on their home floor to the San Antonio Spurs. But with a clutch Ray Allen three pointer to tie the game, which was the biggest shot of his career. It gave the Heat life and a second chance. They capitalized on it and forced a game 7. Tonight Lebron, Dwayne Wade, and even Shane Battier stepped up when their team needed them the most and made big shot after big shot. Chris Bosh was no where to be found as he finished with 0 points and 7rebs something you wouldn’t expect from a max player, but Bosh will be remembered for his big rebound in game 6. Shane Battier filled Bosh roll as he made 6 big threes and finished with 18pts after getting a couple of DNPS during the playoffs. Spurs gave Lebron and DWade the jump shot all series long, and tonight they made them pay every time. Lebron finished with a game high 37 pts, and DWade added 23pts. I was waiting for them to miss all 2nd half because it looked too good to be true, but Lebron and Wade made every possession count. Lebron made a clutch shot to make it 92-88 and then followed that up with a steal thanks to another Manu Ginobili turnover, and then he walked to the line to make two huge free throws and the Heat never looked back. Lebron is now in good company as he is the third player in NBA history to win a NBA Finals MVP, and NBA League MVP in back to back years. The only two other players to do so were Michael Jordan and Larry Bird.

For the Spurs this one stings. Tim Duncan had another great game as he finished with 24pts and 12rebs, but missed a crucial shot to tie the game with 50seconds left when he had Shane Battier guarding him. Danny Green was big early on in the series when people thought he should be Finals MVP, but when the Spurs needed him in game 6 and 7 he went 2-19. Manu Ginobili made some key turnovers in game 6 and 7, but he showed up scoring wise tonight scoring 18pts. One guy the Spurs could have used in this series was Stephen Jackson the one they cut towards the end of the year because he felt he was better than Manu Ginobili and Danny Green. Can you imagine how much of a difference he would of made in game 6 and 7? I know he could of made a couple of those shots Danny Green couldn’t in these last two games. Can’t forget about Tony Parker either who was a shell of himself going 3-12 tonight. I know Lebron was guarding him sometimes but Tony Parker wasn’t the MVP Tony Parker we’ve seen all season long. One positive sign the Spurs had throughout the series was 2nd year forward Kawhi Leonard who showed up all series and had a big game 7 with 19pts and 16rebs. I think it’s safe to say the Spurs have found themselves a face of the franchise once Tim Duncan decides to hang it up. I know coach Pop will have some regrets and wish he did somethings differently in this series. I also was curious as to why Popovich was hugging on DWade and Lebron like he wasn’t upset that they loss game 7. He bear hugged DWade and Lebron like they just graduated from College.

This was probably the Spurs best shot at winning the title. I don’t see them getting to the Finals next year. The Thunder will be back, and the Western Conference will certainly be improved. For the Heat they will look to three peat next year, but that won’t be easy. They’ll be tested next year with the Eastern Conference only getting better and improving every year. A healthy Derrick Rose should be ready to go at the start of next year, and those Indiana Pacers with their superstar Paul George, who sent the Heat to seven games themselves will be improved. I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Heat attempt to trade Chris Bosh this off season to add a legitimate force in the paint.  This game tonight was certainly earned and I’m very impressed with how Lebron and Dwayne Wade played tonight. Next year will definitely be a great NBA season. But for now congrats to the 2013 NBA Final Champions

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