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Spurs can find comfort in historic Game 7 success of Game 6 losers

Jun 20, 2013, 6:20 PM EDT

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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.

  1. JHathwell - Jun 20, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Spurs can find additional comfort in the fact that:

    A) they have never lost an NBA Finals.
    B) they have yet to lose back-to-back games in these playoffs.
    C) Lebron James is not clutch.

    • pmx8411 - Jun 20, 2013 at 6:44 PM

      LBJ may not be clutch but JESUS SHUTTLESWORTH IS

  2. dolphindubs - Jun 20, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Are you trying to make Spurs fans heads explode? “You have a chance, but not really, but maybe, but not really…

  3. Todd Berkun - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    I guess I don’t understand the article. It says game 6 losers are 10 and 7 in the finals, but that only one team in the last 27 years to do it is the Spurs. Is that to say that the other 9 winners all came more than 27 years ago?

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