I’m still shocked at how intense this year’s NBA finals have been - both Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs are very well matched.
Once again James, Bosh, and Wade were the centre of attention going into this game. Likewise, Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Danny Green were under a lot of pressure to perform as well.
I believe both teams big three combinations played exceptionally well. But what’s even more impressive to me is which players stepped up when the players mentioned above began to tire.
For Miami Heat it was Mario Chalmers, who actually surpassed Dwayne Wade on the scoresheet tallying an impressive 20 points. And of course, Ray Allen, who scored the three point shot that sent the game to overtime.
For San Antonio Spurs, it was Kawhi Leonard who scored a total of 22 points. Now I’m not going to lie, there were quite a few points in this game where I thought the Heat were going to lose.
King James wasn’t making many of his shots in the first quarter, and even missed a couple of key free throws. Going into this game, James took it upon himself to do better, and lift his team to victory. But at the beginning of the game, James didn’t look like the king of the court at all.
The Miami Heat players didn’t seem to have a response for the aggressive play of Spurs' veteran Tim Duncan. I actually lost count of how many plays where I saw Duncan run in, and bank one in off the glass. Most of Tim Duncan’s 30 points came from driving to the net, and out working the Heat defence.
Throughout the game, both these teams made some costly errors. I believe that’s one of the main reasons the game stayed close. Each team was able to battle back into the game using their top players. Miami Heat were able to feed off the energy of the home crowd, and key three point shots from Allen, Chalmers, James and Miller helped change the momentum in the game. The Miami Heat defence did an excellent job shutting down players like Manu Ginobili and Danny Green as well.
In the end, a 32-point performance from King James was just enough to force a game seven in San Antonio on Thursday. I believe this was an incredible comeback for the Miami Heat.
But let’s face it winning on the road will be an even tougher task. And tonight’s victory was far too close to a defeat in my mind. I’m sure head coach Erik Spoelstra is saying something similar to his squad of players.
I believe it’s only fitting that a series with two teams that are so well matched goes to game seven. The question now becomes which group of veterans will outlast the other? Will the Miami Heat and King James be able to sustain this momentum on the road? Or will Tony Parker and the home fans lift the Spurs to victory?
One thing is certain: both teams will be analysing every minute of game six. I can’t wait to see which team’s big three will be hoisting the trophy on Thursday.
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