Jun 20, 2013, 6:20 PM EDT
The Spurs seemed to be in a fragile mental state after losing Game 6 of the NBA Finals, which is pretty understandable. They were moments from winning a championship, and those opportunities are extremely rare, even for a team as accomplished as San Antonio.
Now, 48 hours later the Spurs must push all that aside and play again for a title. It’s not an easy task, but they can take find comfort in historic results
In NBA Finals history, Game 6 losers have gone 10-7 in Game 7.
Of course, 17 games isn’t much precedent, but the only team in the last 29 years to win a Finals Game 7 after dropping Game 6 was the 2005 Spurs, which featured the same Tim Duncan–Tony Parker–Manu Ginobili core these Spurs do. If anyone should know how to bounce back in these circumstances, it’s them.
Unfortunately for San Antonio, these aren’t quite the same circumstances. Unlike 2005, when the Spurs beat the Pistons in San Antonio, Game 7 will be played in Miami. Road teams in Game 7 of the NBA Finals are 3-14 and haven’t won since the Washington Bullets in 1978.
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