As you can see from the picture above, the San Antonio Spurs are already preparing for Thursday night’s Game 7 versus the Miami Heat.
But while the Spurs continue to shake off last night’s disappointment, we rehash one last time exactly what happened in Game 6. If you missed last night’s game – and I hope none of you did, because regardless of rooting interest, last night’s game was fantastic – we have you covered with our full game recap/rant/vent session here. The quicker we get this started, the quicker we can get over it and look toward tomorrow night. Here’s your Spurs Report Card for Game 6.
Who’s Hot: Timothy Theodore Duncan was in Finals MVP mode last night, starting the game 8/8 with 16 points in the second quarter. Duncan’s 25 points at halftime were the most he scored in an NBA Finals game in his career. Shame his 30 points and 17 rebounds went to waste.
Who’s Not: Danny Green was a nightmare last night, giving me 2012 Western Conference Finals flashbacks. Chris Bosh swore before the game that Green wouldn’t be open, and he stayed true to his word with the block at the end of overtime. Sadly when Danny was open, he couldn’t get his shot to go down. And when he drove into the lane, the results were even worse. Green was 1/5 from three, with three of his misses from all in the corner, and missed his only two attempts in the paint.
Turning Point: 37 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Manu Ginobili makes two free throws to extend the Spurs lead to 94-89. Diaw enters for Duncan. LeBron misses a three, Mike Miller grabs the offensive rebound, back to LeBron for another three. 94-92, San Antonio. Kawhi Leonard misses his first free throw, but makes the second. 95-92, Spurs with 19 seconds left.
LeBron again misses a three with seven seconds left, only to have Chris Bosh grab the offensive rebound, kick to Allen in the corner, who drains the three over Parker with five seconds left. With no timeouts left, Parker drives the length of the floor, and goes too far, missing the 12-foot jumper.
Screw everything that happened in overtime.
Up Next: The only teams in NBA history to win a Game 7 of the NBA Finals on the road: 1969 Boston Celtics, 1974 Boston Celtics and the 1978 Washington Bullets. We’ll see if the 2013 San Antonio Spurs can add their name to that list on Thursday.
Tim Duncan | 30 points (13/21 shooting), 17 rebounds, 1 steal
Duncan started the game 8/8, but absolutely faded in the second half with only five points, all of which came in the third quarter. He didn’t seem tired, but after tripping over Bosh on a late possession, he seemed to have tweaked his knee slightly. Still, his second half performance wasn’t the problem for the most part.
Kawhi Leonard | 22 points (9/14 shooting), 11 rebounds, 3 steals
His missed throw toward the end of the fourth quarter keeps replaying in my head, but the floater in overtime he made was beautiful too. And him completely destroying Mike Miller. Still. That free throw will haunt me forever, unless the Spurs win Game 7. So sorry, Kawhi.
Danny Green | 3 points (1/7 shooting), 4 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 steal
Even though the Heat defense barely let Green breathe last night, the shots he did get need to go down. Also, someone please teach Danny Green how to make mid-range shots and how to finish in the paint this off-season. Please.
Manu Ginobili | 9 points (2/5 shooting), 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal
Eight turnovers. EIGHT. Expletives.
Tony Parker | 19 points (6/23 shooting), 8 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals
Parker’s jumpshot was a failure last night. Besides the ridiculous three pointer he hit to tie the game at 89, with 1:27 left in the game, he was awful.
So. Much. Blood.