June 21, 2013 Leave a comment
Last night the Miami Heat won Game 7 of the NBA Finals. This is their second championship in two years. A great fought game between the Heat and Spurs. The game was intense as ever and this series might go down as one of the best ever to be played. On the Spurs side, they played amazing the entire series but some bad decisions and poor shooting down the stretch did in fact cost them the Championship. The Spurs were in the lead in Game 6 with 25 second left on the clock. The San Antonio Spurs were that close to winning their fifth Championship. Not for Ray Allen and his clutch 3-point shot to but the game into OT, they would have won. The Heat had their backs against the wall and they were able to overcome this and eventually win two games in a row to win their second straight Championship.
Rightfully so, LeBron James was named Finals MVP. James was no doubt the best player in the Finals and he led the Heat to their second straight Championship. LeBron has been taking criticism this entire series because every other game he would come up short and not deliver when the team needed him most. In Game 7, LeBron definitely delivered and silenced the critics. There are still people that say LeBron is not clutch. Again he was able to prove these fans wrong. James was able to hit a mid-range jumper to send the game to a two-possession game and go up by four. Analysts are calling that shot the biggest of LeBron’s career. And with all the pressure in the world on his shoulders, he was able to overcome it and hit that shot that was the dagger and ended the Spurs hopes in wining that game.
Dwayne Wade and Shane Battier were key factors in this game. Wade was able to force himself into the scoring and was able to record a double-double in the close out game. Wade was a huge lift for the team in Game 7. Even with his hurting knees and poor play in the beginning of the series, the last three games of the series Wade was able to overcome everything and help the Heat to the Championship. Shane Battier was huge when he was able to hit six three pointers, and those were key points for him to score. Battier was possibly the MVP of Game 7 but he came up to the challenge like he always has done.
The Spurs have an amazing organization and are always one of the best teams in the NBA but never get the recognition. I have gained so much respect for the team and the players on that team. They played an amazing series and should learn from this situation. They might have lost the series while winning in an elimination game late, but learning from that, they will never let that happen again. Tony Parker proved to be an elite player in the NBA and hopefully he will be able to play for many years to come. Tim Duncan, the Big Fundamental, might have come up short in Game 7 late, but he should be proud of himself. Despite being 37 years old, he played amazing throughout the playoffs and especially in these finals he proved that he could still play. Manu Ginobili did not have his best playoffs, but he had a few shining moments in these playoffs. Manu seemed to be fatigued all throughout the playoffs and he could possibly retire at the years end. For the Spurs young stars in Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, these are two amazing young stars and will be great players in the near future for the Spurs. The Spurs played great and they are a class organization with an amazing coach. You know for a fact they have a shot at this next year if they are able to bring the main pieces back to their team.
This years NBA Finals are one for the ages and I am glad I was able to watch every game. It was an amazing year and it was a great way to end the season. Miami will be the favorites to win next year again. Will they win a third in a row? Or will a team dethrone them?