Thursday, June 27, 2013
Behind The Scoreboard
It took the loss of a headband and the loss of a shoe (temporarily), but the Miami Heat burned the San Antonio Spurs in overtime. The Spurs came out and, as has been their standard, took an early lead in game six. But they seemed to forget the Heat was at home.
The Spurs were looking for a fifth title and an early exit. San Antonio’s big three had closed out four of the finals together in the last decade. And they had done it all under the same mentor, the white-haired Greg Popovich. And they battled hard to insult the Heat in their own arena. However, they made one tactical error – they made the King mad. Well, he said he was mad and a king should know. This was after he had lost the patented headband on a shot attempt. James stated that when he saw the court crew bringing out and stringing the yellow cordon rope and his team was down by five points with 21 seconds left, “I felt like they were trying to bury us alive,” Teammate Mike Miller lost a shoe and had to make his trey without the left sneaker. The rumor is that bidding for the pedal adornment has already begun on E-bay.
Things had already become sticky, icky and dismal for the Heat. James trimmed the lead by three from long range. Ray Allen grabbed the defending champs a fifth quarter with another trey. Miami went on to gain a game seven. Some of the crowd which had provided the thunderous applause for the Heat had left the arena when it looked as if the Spurs were going to win; however, they didn’t make it to the parking lot before the OT was announced. They were denied re-entry. Chris Bosh, who heard that the defecting (?) fans had bolted, had some unkind words for them.
I won’t belabor the victory in game seven other than remarking on the majestic (or does magnificent sound more appropriate?) performance of the King – six big threes and an MVP trophy (to match the one from last season). The Spurs had their moments but just weren’t up to the monumental task.
I appreciate all the many comments, pros and cons, on these playoff series. I had told Dorothy Walton (Robinson’s Drugs) that I would mention her only if the Spurs won. However, she was so earnest and adroit (and almost right), in her assessment of game six, she is totally worthy of the recognition. I must admit that game six was the only game in which I had any serious doubts.
It matters not where your ultimate loyalties lie; you have to give both of the teams boundless credit for the great entertainment factor. And the King didn’t say that he was going to Disney Land, but he did say that he was going to get married.
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