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PBT Extra: Previewing Heat/Spurs NBA Finals Game 7

Jun 19, 2013, 9:29 PM EDT

Game 7 of the NBA Finals. It doesn’t get any better than this.

Kay Adams and I take a look forward to Thursday night’s game with a quick look back at Game 6 (no, Chris Bosh should not have been called for a foul on that last shot) then we start talking about how tired the Spurs seemed after that game (Tony Parker was out part of the overtime with cramps, Tim Duncan played 45 minutes), but if there’s one team that could bounce back from that emotional loss it is the Spurs.

San Antonio will execute like always (well, except for the fourth quarter of Game 6). The question is will their legs hold up? To me that could decide Game 7.

  1. aboogy123456 - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    I’m confused why a lot of people such as lebron are saying that Game 6 was one of the best games ever. I like to see both teams play great ball before I call it a great game. That was one of the worst games i’ve ever seen. The spurs completely choked and threw away a game that they had in their hands. They were bad on offense and defense, and the heat got back into it. Watching them throw that game away was so frustrating. And up until they choked, lebron and the rest of the heat were playing horrible as well. How is that a great game? Exciting, yes it was, but there were long stretches of horrible basketball, whether the heat or the spurs.

    • HotHotHeat - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      It was great because if you didn’t have a dog in the fight you saw a back and forth battle til the end with an unpredictable finish. If Magic Johnson says it’s one of the top three games he’s ever seen then you know it was a great game.

      • condor75 - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:45 AM

        I agree, while I am a Heat fan, that was a great game, perfect, NO, there are no perfect games, this was a big boy game. If you like basketball, you had to like this game

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      all I want to know is LeBron wearing the headband?
      tie em up, game7even, winner take all!

  2. floridascuba1 - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Heat threw away game 1. So heading into game 7 still no answer to who will win. But if the heat play to potential. It will look like game 5 last year. But I doubt it.

  3. jerrysshadescleaner - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Spurs fan here, much respect to both teams, all i got to say is no matter the outcome thursday, its been a great series! Both teams have played thier asses off and have shown they are the best this year, heres to a great game 7! Go Spurs!

  4. logisticalvoices - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    “Is Game 7 A Must Win For the Spurs Or Heat”

    Yes, for either team to win the championship, they must win game 7.

    There Dan, I wrote your article for tomorrow for you!

  5. patfic15 - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    OMG OMG… But will Bron wear his headband???!!??

    …looking forward to what should be a great game. What does Miami have left after that rollercoaster game 6? Manu can’t possibly play any worse in game 7. Gary Neal..Danny Green..y’all still here?

  6. kb2408 - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Spurs will win by 10. Yep, I said it. Manu, Parker and Green will all play better. Manu realizes that this is maybe his last game as a Spur, he will not go out like he did in game six. He owes it to himself, his team and his fans to atone for a horrendous game six. Green and Manu both gave the Spurs very little, yet they still should’ve won game six. Game seven is going to be very similar to game six but this time the Spurs will hold on in the end. They will lead the whole game and not make the same mistakes as the last game. They will do a better job on LeBron and again force him to make jumpers. Timmy doesn’t have to go crazy again either for the Spurs to win. He didn’t go crazy in the 3 games the Spurs have won. He was merely good. But he got help. That’s what’s going to win it for the Spurs tomorrow. They’re going to get contributions from several players. The Spurs have been the better team this series. In a seven game series the best team will win. No home team has lost a game seven since 1978. It is long overdue for it to happen! Coach Pop is the right coach and the Spurs are the right team. I think Wade will be ineffective and LeBron will try to do too much. In the fourth quarter it will be the Heat making the mistakes and it will be the Spurs getting all the lucky breaks that Miami got in game six. The pattern of Miami not being able to win two in a row will continue! Spurs 93 Heat 83.

    • kinggw - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:19 AM

      Game 7 is going to be similar to Game 6? So the Spurs are going to get 25 first half points from Duncan, Parker is not going to record a turnover, Leonard is going for 22 and 11 and the Spurs are going to hold Wade and Bosh to a combined 24 points on 11-27 shooting and Lebron is going to start 3-12 again?

      You’ve got to be kidding. How could the Spurs be better against Lebron? The Spurs are a good defensive team but its highly unlikely that they will be able to successfully contain the Big 3 on their home floor in consecutive games. The Heat haven’t won two in a row in a while, but after games 2 and 4 the Spurs had the benefit of returning home. Not this time. San Antonio can definitely win game 7, but its alot to ask them to play a third nearly flawless game in Miami.

      • kb2408 - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:49 AM

        Similar in regards to the Spurs controlling the game from start to finish. It may not be “exactly” how they controlled game six but the results will be similar. As for Wade and Bosh, they have been controlled for the better part of the last two series, so I don’t see either one of them exploding in game seven. As a matter of fact, Wade is even more hobbled now than he was to start this series. As for LeBron, he’s shooting 43% for the Finals. That’s down 15% from the reg. season! Take away one good game and one good quarter and his percentage is even worse. My point is, whatever they have been doing to contain him has largely been working. They let him get loose in game six in the fourth but even with that being the case it basically took the Spurs giving Miami the game for them to win. Has he scored 16 in any other quarter this series? How many points is he averaging for the series? Pop is going to continue to force Miami’s other players to beat them. If they do the Spurs will lose. But I like their chances. All the pressure is still on LeBron and Miami. Remember, according to many “experts” the Spurs weren’t supposed to even be here. I want to see how the Heat handle the pressure of a game seven, in the Finals when they are EXPECTED to win.

      • kb2408 - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:57 AM

        And the Spurs don’t have to pay “flawless” to win. Miami is not a juggernaut. They just have to play pretty much like they’ve played the whole series. Take care of the ball better, make a few 3’s and defend like it’s do or die.

      • gofinsgoheatfloria - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        kb2408: Yes, there’s pressure from being expected to win, but the pressure last year of having not lived up to expectations the year before is gone. I don’t know how those balance out. I think it may come down to something else: who can stave off exhaustion longer? Both teams have been playing for two weeks against a tempo that they encountered only a few times, if any, during the season. Does Wade’s knee get worse? Does Parker cramp again? Which shooter’s stroke is affected just a teeny bit, but enough to matter, as the game approaches the finish line? I don’t see how to predict that kind of thing.

    • omahakidw - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      You really need to get-in-touch with the reality of this particular game. While their might be some unexplainable logic here, its gonna be a blow-out, however Miami will be the victor by at least 15 pts.

  7. loyalraven - Jun 20, 2013 at 4:31 AM

    Boohoo San Antonio..

    Stop crying already.

  8. cantonbound13 - Jun 20, 2013 at 6:23 AM

    Spurs will win & the bandwagoners will go in hiding.

    • HotHotHeat - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:01 AM

      I thought it was rigged by Stern for the Heat to win???? Or was it rigged to get to a game 7.

      • rod2771 - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:29 AM

        You’ll have to forgive Ritchie, he ate some bad deli meat. Even he can’t keep his wild conspiracies straight.

      • heat256 - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:41 AM

        That dope doesn’t know jack about basketball. Hell, the only reason he can get his undies on in the morning is he knows the yellow stains mean front and brown ones go in the back.

        If the Heat give max effort, and still lose, then there would be nothing else to say except kudos to the Spurs. All you can ask is that they play their hardest just one last time.

      • omahakidw - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        The only thing that might be rigged is your Brain. Probably when you took it out to charge it, the outlet you used to plug-it-in shorted out

    • hehateme2 - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:26 AM

      Let’s just hope that YOU will go into hiding when the HEAT repeats. That would be sweet.

    • omahakidw - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      They`ll get beat badly period. Battier will come to play and start dropping three`s.

  9. Sam Spade - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Heat by 25. #MiamiDynasty

  10. patfic15 - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Bet everybody stays tonight.

  11. klownboy - Jun 20, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Why do I have a feeling that tonight’s game is going to be a blowout? I think this game may be over by halftime because I think the Spurs left it all on the court last game. Could you imagine how a team must feel losing a chance at a title when it could grasp it? Seeing the police tape about to wrap around the court and the trophy courtside while letting a 5-point lead with 20 seconds to go slip away?

    I may have gotten my “Heat in 6” prediction wrong but they should win big tonight.

    • omahakidw - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      Your forgiven for your prediction however you have corrected it so its gonna be OK

  12. markv00 - Jun 20, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    I am a big Spurs fan here in SA. So I gotta dislike any team standing in the way. But I do respect each opponent, they’re pros. The Heat played one heck of a 4th quarter in game 6. Yeah, the Spurs didn’t execute they way they normally would have to close this out, so it was a combination of things. I’m glad Joey Crawfords team didn’t decide the game. Last potential foul call doesn’t matter, it shouldn’t have come down to that, never leave the game in someone elses hands. Manu was terrible down the stretch, heck most of the series, but we’ve lived by him and went down with him. Not a Lebron fan, but the kid stepped up and helped put his team in a position to win. As a Spurs fan I’ve learned to embrace Pop’s approach to wins and losses. The better team won game 6, the Heat executed when it mattered, our guys didn’t. Being a Spurs fan means you have to love the game at its fundamentals. I do. If he Heat win, yeah it will suck, but they did what they needed to do to be in this position. If the Spurs win, even better, 5-0 in the finals would put them in that elite class of Champions. I hope they are mentally ready, they should be. No one knows how this will turn out, all just guesses. It should be one hell of a game though, both teams will leave it on the floor. I hope our guys get the huge credit they deserve if they win…from the Heat fans and the media. NO EXCUSES either way, it’s a Big Boys Game and it’s supposed to be hard it’s the Finals. Man, what a series. GO SPURS GO!!!

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