LeBron James and the Miami Heat remain atop the NBA, and not even a proud push from the San Antonio Spurs could knock them down.
June 20 holds a special place in Miami Heat history. It’s the anniversary of the team’s first NBA Championship and could become the date when the Big Three hoist a second straight title
Experience or youth? It’s often the difference between winning and losing in sports and Game 7 will feature plenty of both for the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat.
And then there was one. One game to decide the value of a year’s worth of work trying to become NBA champion. For one team, it’s one last shot at glory as the window is nearly closed on a historic run and for the other, immortality winning back-to-back championships.
He arrived in Miami predicting “Not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven” NBA championships, which leaves us to assume that LeBron James bolted Cleveland for South Beach to win eight crowns with the Heat.
In fact, Chris Bosh has a message for those who left early.
This is why there is no finality in sports until it’s time. This is why, win or lose in this epic Game 6 on Tuesday night, there was no defining anything about LeBron James, his career, his place in history — any of it.
The worst possible reason to take a shot is because you think it’s about time you did.
It will be known as the LeBron James Headband Game.
This might be why Miami Heat fans are considered some of the worst sports fans in the world.
LeBron James saved a championship reign, canceled a celebration. The toughest part now might be topping this performance in Game 7.
When you’re as big as LeBron James, you shouldn’t need to flop.
Five things to watch for in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, as the San Antonio Spurs try to clinch their fifth title and end the Miami Heat’s reign on Tuesday night:
A little more than a year ago, the Miami Heat stood on the verge of elimination in the Eastern Conference Finals. The team’s heart and the ability of the Big Three were being questioned left and right ahead of Game 6 of the Conference Finals.
The Miami Heat dug themselves a hole when they allowed the San Antonio Spurs to go up 3-2 in the 2013 NBA Finals. Heading into Game 6, the Heat face long odds of just getting to Game 7, much less winning the NBA championship.
They lost three times in three months in one of the most overpowering stretches the NBA has ever seen.
This can’t be real.
The question was raised after Game 5, but not by the media.
The Miami Heat have been playing the entire 2012-2013 season with a mentality of championship or bust. After dropping Game 5 of the NBA Finals, the Heat’s proverbial backs are against the wall and the championship dreams are close to becoming another Finals nightmare.
Manu Ginobili ran onto the floor as fans stood and screamed. He went to the bench, and they chanted his name. The sights and sounds of so many San Antonio spring nights were back Sunday — and the real party might be just a few days away.