Game 6 was a game for the ages, can the Spurs recover for Game 7?
In what was undoubtedly one of the best NBA Finals games played, at least in recent memory, there are lots of questions to be asked. Can the Spurs recover from such a devastating loss? Will a team finally, win 2 games in a row in this series? Can Tim Duncan come close to duplicating his spectacular first half performance, at 37 years old? But maybe the biggest question I have is; will Lebron James wear his headband for Game 7? I think there is a strong case for him not to wear it ever again. Lebron had a triple-double, 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. However, after losing the headband, Lebron scored 18 points in the 4th quarter alone, and 5 more points in overtime, while also turning up the heat on defense to suffocate the Spurs offense. Lebron lost the headband on a drive to the hoop, and never put it back on. In a game filled with signature moments, was this the signature moment that changed the momentum of the game? Hard to say, but Game 6 of these NBA Finals will be remembered for some time. However, the Spurs need to forget it as soon, as possible.
If there is one team, that can recover from a crushing loss like this, it’s definitely the Spurs. One thing that can’t be understated, is there are usually, minimal to no sustained momentum between games in playoff series like these. All you have to do is look back at this series, to confirm that. Game 6, is the only game to come down to the final minutes, and really even the 4th quarter to be honest. So, to say the Spurs are dead, is definitely not logical thinking, but to think it’s going to be easy for the veteran, older Spurs to shake off the devastation of this loss is just as illogical. Greg Popovich, has proven himself to be the best coach in the NBA. Some of the blame for this loss are in his hands, however. The biggest one for me, was not calling a timeout in overtime, to get Tony Parker on the floor for the final possession. Besides game 5, Manu Ginobili has been a turnover machine. To not call a timeout, to get Parker in the game, and have the inbound pass from halfcourt was a terrible mistake. A mistake, that may have cost the Spurs their 5th NBA title.
Another thing to consider, is how will the Miami Heat handle a memorable, comeback like this? The Heat have shown no consistency in these playoffs, so to think the Heat are just going to come out and play a stellar game 7, is highly questionable. Like the Spurs, they must also, put this game behind them. Miami, seems to be a team that feeds off their own adversity, a lot better than their triumphs. What a triumph it was. Declared dead by even some of their fans, who left the arena, Lebron, Ray Allen, Chris Bosh, and Mario Chalmers ( let’s not forget the game he had ) led the Heat back. As epic, as the comeback was, where was that intensity from the start of the game? The Heat did not show the intensity of a team that was on the brink of elimination, on it’s home floor. So, who knows what to expect from the Heat, Thursday night. How will Erik Spoelstra keep his team focused? Does Greg Popovich have anymore bullets in his coaching gun? Does Tim Duncan and the rest of the Spurs have anything left in the tank, and can they regain their focus? So, many questions, all the answers will come in Game 7. With or without Lebron’s headband.