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Simul-Diary of NBA Finals Game 7 June 21, 2013

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NBA Finals 2013 Game 7
Let’s pick up where I finished my sandwich: 3:30 left in the 1st quarter. 15-10 San Antonio. The ESPN Insider ‘cappers were leaning under. I definitely agreed. Last 3 Game 7’s were all no higher than 170 points or so. This is on pace for that.

3:00 left – looks like refs are letting them play ever since they ticky-tacked Ginobli out earlier with his second. Lot of banging going down low. 

2:12 – Surprised Duncan can’t take Birdman easier. I’m agreeing with JVG – defense is not the greatest. Offenses look notably tired. It’s amazing how hard slowing down LBJ is. Testament to how great he is and how good the Pop adjustments over the series have been.

1:27– Ginobli misses a stepback 3 right after Battier canned a 3. Then the Heat come down, Chalmers miss and Birdman cleans up a tip. 15-15. All Tied.

48.9 – Lebron throws up a knuckleball (gross). Diaw’s box out was just a grab, foul. Right after? Battier 3 to take the lead at 18-15. That’s [2011-2012 playoff] Battier off of none other than a Ray Allen drive. What year is this?

21.9 – Spurs answer to the first Heat lead? Leonard iso from the top of the key and draws a foul on Lebron on a great take to the hole.
Ouch. Promptly misses a free throw. Looks like those problems aren’t solved. Hits 2nd. 16-18 Heat.

12.2 – Just saw Coach Pop’s interview is coming up. That’ll be hilarious. What do the Heat get for their last possession – nasty (not good nasty) fadeaway jumper leaning out of bounds. That’s not what they wanted. 16-18 Heat end of quarter.

That LBJ commercial with the headphones – hoping that goes away after the finals but it definitely draws your attention.

Coach Pop got one question from Doris Burke. And he answered with “Bad offense”. Very thorough. Thanks, Pop.

2nd Quarter

11:26 – Solid grab by Splitter on Birdman. Doesn’t seem the refs appreciate the little things on the loose balls today. Response? Battier 3 (now 3-3) to make it 21-16.

10:48 – Splitter ugliness. He’s now -3 quickly.

10:30 – Scratch that, TP heard it and made it -1. Get Splitter out!

10:03 – Maybe I spoke too soon because the Spurs get a turnover by Chalmers that is converted for Spurs points by Splitter on a beautiful pass by TP. 20-21. Sheesh. (TS +1)

Just showed that Ray Allen has 11 Game 7’s in history. Bill Russell has 10 Game 7’s. All wins. It’s ridiculous how much of a winner he was. Nick, I’ve decided – Russell is my #1 Center. Sorry Kareem.

9:30 – Heat just got 3 boards off of maybe 5 tips? Results in a Chalmers reverse lay-up to stop the Spurs’ run. Then TP gets rejected by Wade on the weak side (while getting creamed, no call).

9:00 – On the inbounds, TP gets fouled cutting to the lane. Heat should probably review “keep sight of man and ball” because they suck at it. 22-23.

8:47 – Good shot by Wade from outside – knees looked decent there. 22-25.

8:40 – Pop sounded a bit like John Cusack in 2012 there. Kinda worried me. Not a good foreshadowing. TP and Dwade trade buckets before a ridiculous and-1 by Duncan. Duncan going to the line after drawing a third on Bosh. 26-27.

7:46 – Yeah, almost midway through the 2nd quarter and that was the first mention of Bosh. Can you tell how much I like him? 27-27.

7:22 – Keep trying to stress how good defense is in this game. Totally disagree. Tired legs and shitty offense. Duncan couldn’t handle the TP pass – little low but come on, it’s not like you’re almost 40!

6:40 – Timeout and TP and LBJ talking to the ref. Duncan comes over and grabs TP by the jersey. Drags him away. Awesome. Still 27-27. JVG mentions how it was 3 NBA Finals MVP’s right there in the mix and that made me think how hilarious/awesome it would be if Finals MVP’s were as random as Super Bowl ones.

6:30 – Ridiculous LBJ and-1 as he throws it up over his shoulder and gets the foul. On the other side, TP gets shoved – no call. BOOOO!

5:40 – James feeling it because he just took a total iso at top of the key 3. 27-33. At least Juwan Howard is cheering? I like the nod. Play the percentages. 29% from downtown in the Finals – keep shooting.

5:05 – Gary Neal prayer at the shot clock expiration for 3 off glass. 30-33. Then Chalmers for some reason goes into iso-mode and gets a shot to rattle in. TP to the bench for rest. So the Spurs go back to Duncan inside (who has 3 steals…).

3:30 – Not sure what just happened. Leonard gets hacked, blocked, misses, loses the ball to Birdman. Tipped on the way down twice before DWade just gets a jumper on the left wing. 32-37. Then Ginobli eurosteps through the defense for a gorgeous reverse. 34-37.

2:45 – Can’t let LBJ get a corner 3 from the right side. Saw his percentages the other day and he shoots way too well from there. 36-40. Foul on the hip of Danny Green low. 38-40. For everything the Heat do, the Spurs have an answer. And that was a shove off but they’ll take it if that means LBJ throws up a heat-check 3, which turns into a transition bucket for the Spurs. Tied. 40’s.

1:32 – I can practically hear Pop silently daring Lebron to shoot these threes. Tough to see that Ginobli moving with the eurostep to get a charge. Not to mention Wade shoved him… and then gets a beautiful fade lefty hook (pretty!)  from the free throw line. 42-42.
24.5 – Green puts up an ugly floater – he’s not TP. He’s 0-2 or 3, not sure. Wade critical so far at the half as he buries one with under a second half. 7-12 with 14 points. 15 points for LBJ. 13/10 for TD/TP but TP hasn’t been efficient. Not many foul calls. 44-46 Heat.

Skipped halftime show. Trying to finish, sorry ABC/TNT fellows.

Sheesh, 35% FG% for SA. 43% for Miami. 5-14 from downtown for Miami, 2-7 for the Spurs. +11 margin in free throws for the Spurs. Yup, those stats seemed a bit backward from the Spurs’ wins, but I’m sure that they will take it considering they are only down 2.

Like to point out that the Spurs have 24 points in the paint, 2 threes and 14 free throws. Yes, that’s all 44 of their points. Most efficient shots.

3rd Quarter

12:00 – Heat start with a miss and Leonard comes down and hits a nice right-handed jump hook on a drive/pivot in the lane. 46-46.

11:00 – Chalmers has a drive and deep floater to pull back ahead. 48-46.

10:45 – Leonard takes Miller in the post, steps back and shoots right over Miller for an and-1. Does he hit the free throw? NOPE. That is going to suck later. 48-48.

10:15 – Duncan can’t buy a foul on that drive. Ends up giving LBJ a wide open 3 on the other end after a miniscrum. Right corner. That’s his best one. 48-51.

9:27 – Hahaha, Chalmers just picks up a foul that likely could’ve been a charge on him. He quickly starts toward LBJ saying “Trust me, trust me”. Pretty sure LBJ wasn’t hearing it because he followed it up with a “Come on, man.” 1 of 2. 50-52.

8:48 – TERRIBLE PASS by Green on a break after an ugly Chalmers miss from downtown. Leads to a LBJ pass to Wade for the dunk. 54-52. Good follow up defense on the next possession by Bosh on Duncan. For 3 fouls, he’s doing well this quarter.

7:50 – And right as I say that, more good defense after a timeout but they come in to Duncan, fadeaway jumper that he drills. 54-54. Next play? Chalmers airball 3. Awesome gameplan. Not sure Spoelstra and Lebron drew that up for the second half. Highly doubt it.

7:05 – I don’t mind being on the record as saying I want to see T-Mac on the floor here instead of Danny Green. Can’t be any worse, right? Balky knee Wade versus back spasm T-Mac? Danny Green needs to hit a three before Pop has a fit. (Another miss right after).

5:55 – I thought a chicken wing/elbow was an offensive foul but no. Pretty drive by Wade otherwise. 54-56. Then BOOM Danny Green 3. Hallelujah. He walked to the line and pulled up. 57-56. Guess who shot the next one? Yup, Mario Chalmers. Guess what happened? Yup, a brick.

4:49 – Too much dribbling on the Spurs possession next by Parker. Yuck. Still stressing the bad offense thing.

4:30 – Shit, another Lebron 3. Really? 57-59.

3:45 – Smart foul on Neal after Parker doesn’t get a layup high enough off the glass resulting in a Heat transition. Foul Lebron on the floor before he passes back to RayRay. And then he hits again from downtown. 57-62.

3:24 – Kawhi just beasts through Ray Allen and Chris Bosh for a reverse layup and-1. Hits the free throw! 60-62.

3:12 – I just don’t understand why Lebron can shove a hand off of him without it being offensive and then take another step and get a foul on the shot. It’s either offensive or defensive and on the floor. Stupid.60-64 after two free throws.

2:55 – Yeah… Diaw 3 pointer to get within 1. Amazing. This must be ‘06? Then he fakes a 3 on the next possession and gets a high-low pass to Duncan for the make. Lead. 65-64.

And my buddy who just landed just blew the result of the game for me. That was fun while it lasted. But… let’s finish this up somewhat half-ass blind?

2:18 – Ginobli 3-6 with 10 points and no turnovers. Just driving all day. Still a quiet, important 10.

1:36 – Ray’s 0-4 this game. Ugliness and rushed. Then Lebron fades too much on the next play for a brick. 67-66 Spurs.

46.4 – Wow, Gary Neal got a huge jump and running hook shot to drop in to make it 69-66. Battier follow to tie it up at 69. Jeez. 4-4. I like Shane but not for the Heat in a Game 7… come on.

5.2 – Ginobli with a ridiculous angle to pull the lead 71-69. Followed by a pullup jumper at the buzzer by Chalmers from about 28 feet. It’s definitely turning into one of those games. 71-72 Heat end of 3.

4th Quarter

12:00 – Duncan and Parker start the 4th on the bench. Leonard gets another runner that didn’t go followed by a Battier three to go 5-5 and extend the lead to 71-75. This may get out of hand, you can feel it.

11:08 – “Let’s Go heat” chant rings out and it just doesn’t sound genuine. You can tell only ¼ of the fans are on their feet. Quite depressing. They don’t deserve a ring.

10:28 – Nobody blocks out Leonard and he gets the free tip-in. That was only his 2nd board of the 2nd half after 10 in the first. 73-75.

10:07 – Lebron seems flabbergasted after getting whistled for his 2nd foul. And the Heat fans are decent at the “Ref you suck” call. Nice.

9:42 – Great block by Duncan on Wade but James is there behind him for a follow foul. Hilarious to see a lane violation. Birdman falls into the lane after seeing Duncan go in. Yuck, Parker dribbles it right off his foot and has to jump it up with Wade. Balky knees vs Frenchman? Wade wins. 73-77.

8:51 – Battier finally misses a three. Turns into a transition bucket for Parker who lobs it up over 3 Heat as Duncan follows in for the two. Wow. 75-77.
JVG mentions Parker looks exhausted. Certainly. Parker is clearly exerting every last ounce of energy and it may not be enough.

7:34 – Danny Green sucks right now. If this causes the Heat to get a clear-path foul, I’ll be irritated. Wade was on the ground. Weak foul, too. No clear-path. Not deprived of an opportunity to score. Correct. Wade gets a jumper anyway. 75-81.

6:57 – I feel Pop saw Ginobli moving without the ball before he even knew what he was doing. That man’s amazing. Then he follows it up by drawing an offensive foul on Bosh and a beautifully quick layup on the left side to make it 77-81.

6:09 – Bosh still has 0 points. Love it.

5:38 – Jumpers, jumpers and more jumpers for the Heat. Midrange all day and they’re dropping for Wade and Lebron. Those are the exact shots you want them to take by the numbers. Issue is that those are averages. This is an above-average game. What can you do?

4:53 – After a terribly long three point shot by Bosh (still 0 points), Parker gets a transition pass to Duncan, who gets fouled. They’re hanging in… 79-83.

4:30 – Lebron with another midrange that goes in. Then Ginobli comes down and drills a 3. Quickly a steal on the inbounds but passes to Green. Guess what? Miss! No tie. 82-85 Heat.

3:21 – Battier 3 in the corner on a breakaway pass from Lebron after Duncan throws it away trying to find Manu. Holy shit. They come immediately down and get Chris Bosh to foul Duncan for number 5 for an and-1. 85-88 still down 3. 24 for Duncan. 6-7 for Battier. 18 points. Old men, Unite!

1:58 – Kawhi, Duncan, Manu vs Lebron, Wade, Battier. Oh, damn! Chalmers must’ve heard me because he tried to take the whole Spurs team on, again. (Lebron disappointed). By the way, before that, Kawhi hit a 3 to get within 2. And now Chalmers misses a free throw. Good one, Mario! 88-90 after the second misses, also!

1:26 – Sad face, Leonard, sad face. Short irons a three. That was like needing a 7-iron for a par 3 and instead you bust out a 9. And Battier damn near clinched this game.

48.3 – Duncan doesn’t take his time on an iso in the paint on Battier. ImageTotally rushed, expecting help. That was disappointing. Finger roll just rolls out. Damn. Timeout, Heat. And that was EMOTION by Duncan, ladies and gentleman. I have $100 on “FUCK!” yelled inside his jersey. Any takers? 88-90.

39.0 – Out of the timeout, we get a Lebron iso dribbling out the clock. Midrange. Drilled. Not sure Pop could live with that on a timeout. I bet he said “don’t let lebron do anything”. Leonard played that way shallow. 88-92, Heat.

23.5 – Ew, out of the timeout they get Duncan in the post and back to Manu. Heat switched it, expertly and Manu jumps out of bounds with nowhere to go. Tosses right to ‘Bron. Championship, guaranteed. I’m very sad for the Spurs. 88-94.

16.3 – Realization? When Lebron is hitting midrange shots, there isn’t a better player. I’d like to bring those numbers up. When he shoots > 45%, what is his record? When he shoots < 45%, what is it? That seems like a decent split considering those are the least efficient shots in basketball. Heat win. 95-88.

Russell and Heat
Popovich is a class act. And I also imagine him having way more fun in all-star games where he gets to coach everyone stress-free. I have a feeling he’s spent a lot of time with a bunch of the other players from other teams.

Lost in this until Dwayne talked to Doris – Ray Allen got another title. Congrats. And Dwayne, you’re screwed at 37. Your knees are shot.

Can we get Birdman flashbacks from previous years tonight? Please.

David Stern finishes with what he wants – a game 7 with his marquee player/team. He didn’t get his Lakers/Kobe/Lebron/Heat.

Of note:
Tony Parker finished with 0 points on 0-4 shooting in the second half. Either that hammy/ankle started acting up or he just didn’t have the legs. Exhaustion may’ve set in at halftime. Danny Green could’ve easily swung this game in his favor if he hit that 3 that would’ve tied it. Can’t really blame Manu for forcing the issue at the end. Timmy missed that gimme on Battier that would have tied it.

So many what ifs that can only be answered in neverland.

So this season ends just like that. Good thing we have the NBA Draft coming up shortly. Here’s to a great new season in the coming months!

Now, can we skip to late August for football/important part of baseball?





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