Crushing losses happen in the NBA Finals, but not like this, and not to this team. The Spurs have won four championships since 1999, and shockingly have never trailed in an NBA Finals on their way to a 4-0 record in the championship round. Missed free throws and Ginobili’s eight turnovers doomed the most mentally strong team in the NBA on basketball’s greatest stage.
What remains is a winner-take-all Game 7 for the NBA Championship and so much more. There is so much at stake for all involved. Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich going for a fifth title in 14 years to put themselves as the third best coach-player duo in NBA history. Tony Parker could win his fourth title and stake his claim as the game¹s greatest point guard since Earvin “Magic” Johnson.
On the flip side the Miami Heat face a mountain of criticism which is waiting for them following a loss at all times.
LeBron James faces skeptics at every turn and one late game misstep, turnover or missed shot will bring the barrage of hatred and talk of his legacy. A loss will ratchet up talk about trading Chris Bosh and breaking up Miami’s Big 3. James has a chance to repeat as a champion, which is something not many players can attach to their legacy.
No one knows what to expect in Game 7, and that¹s what is going to make tonight so special.