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Boris Diaw says he still thinks about Finals loss to Heat

Aug 27, 2013, 4:25 PM EDT

San Antonio Spurs' Duncan congratulates teammate Diaw during a time out during first quarter play against the Miami Heat in Game 5 of their NBA Finals basketball series in San Antonio Reuters

The Finals series between the Heat and the Spurs was epic not only because it took all seven games to decide, but because of the extremely high overall level of play that was displayed by both teams throughout.

It’s also likely to be among the most painful to remember by the losing team’s players.

San Antonio held a 3-2 series lead in Game 6, and was up by five with 28 seconds to play before Miami made its somewhat miraculous comeback. Without another season yet started to give the Spurs new memories to bury these ones that are just two months old, it’s not surprising that the way their championship chase ended is still on their minds.

From Jorge Sierra of HoopsHype:

How was the feeling following the Finals after losing against the Heat?

Boris Diaw: It was tough, it’s never easy to lose. It was a tough time, you think about it… You try to take it off your mind. But there’s nothing you can change about it. Sometimes I still think about it, I’m still very disappointed that we lost. The only thing you can do is come back next year and try to do it again.

Was there one moment at the end of Game 6, before Ray Allen hit the three, that you thought ‘We are champions’?

Boris Diaw: Not champions but when we were +5 of course we were like, ‘OK, that’s pretty good so far’. We were pretty close but we weren’t champions yet.

The three from Ray Allen will go down as one of the biggest shots in NBA history, and the Spurs can take some comfort in knowing that’s only part of what it took to beat them in the series. Over time, the frustration may subside. But it’s still too fresh to be forgotten about just yet.

  1. divan22 - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    I’m not a fan of either team, but even I still think about that series. Can’t imagine how a Spurs player or fan could possibly get over that anytime soon. That’s as heartbreaking a loss as I’ve ever seen.

    It’s one thing to lose a close game/series that could’ve gone either way. It’s another thing to lose a game/series that was all but OVER, to the point where the trophy presentation preparations had started and fans were rushing to the exits.

  2. losanginsight - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Don’t worry Boris. Everyone with a DVR was able to see Lebrons toe on the line when he made his 3. Everyone knows the refs are supposed to look at every 3 but they magically didn’t review it.

  3. redbullenergydrink - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Game 6 was just EPIC. Unbelievable how it ended.

    • bougin89 - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:16 PM

      It’s crazy to think such a disciplined, experienced team like the Spurs played so poorly down the stretch. They had it and let it go.

      • adoombray - Aug 28, 2013 at 12:57 AM

        If Duncan is on the floor, he gets the rebound because he’s frickin TIM DUNCAN. While I agree with Barkley that we are too much of a culture that has to blame people instead of just praising really good plays, Pop got too cute with his sub in sub out strategy. He doesn’t take enough flak for it because he is treated as a saint by the sports media (even though he hates them lol). he over thought a ring.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Aug 28, 2013 at 5:06 AM

        Pop also messed up after the Allen 3 when, after the review, he dubbed in Duncan for the inbound. That’s a technical foul that went uncalled and unnoticed by the refs, the Heat, the announcers, and pretty much everyone else in the world except for a few smart commenters here on PBT.

        Imagine if the T got called and Ray hit the GW FT bc of a substitution mistake. I’d say Pop would have taken some flak for that.

  4. vi3tguy415 - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    i wanted the spurs to win so bad. so so bad. almost threw a chair at the tv. that’s how bad I wanted them to win. they choked by time. Don’t want to be mean but whenever I think of it, all I can say in my head is “what a bunch of dumbass”.

  5. panchopolarbear - Aug 27, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    What a shot by Ray Allen. Game 6 was so epic.

    • 00maltliquor - Aug 27, 2013 at 11:05 PM

      And LeBron. Ray Allen’s was the most memorable, but they wouldn’t have been in that position without LBJ’s 3 first.

  6. kingwithringz - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Suck it up Boris. Spurs have four championships.

    • divan22 - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:44 PM

      …but Boris has 0, so what’s your point?

      • kingwithringz - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:12 PM

        You’re right. And my HEAT have three. Your point?

  7. 1972wasalongtimeago - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    That’s why the 2013 Finals was so great. Everyone thinks about it. Could have been the best Finals ever. A bounce here or there separates a lifetime of joy from one of depression (at least over this). But even though it was just a basketball series, the joy or sadness will last for all of us forever. Finally Forever.

    • miamatt - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:15 PM

      Basketball at it’s finest. Don’t know if I’ve ever seen a team walk the razor’s edge quite like the Miami Heat.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Aug 27, 2013 at 10:13 PM

        Truer words never spoken. And a week from Sunday, we’ll pay our penance. Dolphins season starts. It’s the figurative check we have to write to the sports gods in exchange for our good fortune with the Heat.

        Good luck bro

  8. powerpc20 - Aug 27, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    i bet cantonbound13 still thinks about the Finals too as he cries himself to sleep every night.

  9. 00maltliquor - Aug 27, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    “somewhat miraculous comeback”? SOMEWHAT!!??? WHAAAT??

  10. bowwserr - Aug 28, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    @adoombray — As a Spurs fan, it hurts how right your comment is. That was bad on Pop and Pop doesn’t usually get called out. Such an amazing, painful series…

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