Jun 19, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker (left) and shooting guard Danny Green (right) talk during practice before game seven of the 2013 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Tonight is the night that should of never happened. It is what it is. These Finals have been remarkable and I for one am glad to see this come down to the wire. Lead Editor, Michael Rehome, had a chance to talk with Fansided.Com on their preview of game seven tonight at the American Airlines Arena.
What Should Your Team’s Main Focus Be Entering Game 7? San Antonio’s main focus for game seven will have to be what is in front of them. This is the final game of the series and the NBAseason. They need to keep focus on what is in front of them and play for 48 minutes. They are not going to beat the Heat in thefirst 12, it has to be for all four quarters. There is a lot on the line, coming off of the devastating overtime loss in game six, they have to put that game aside, it is what it is, it’s in the past now, focus on game seven and the ultimate goal.
Jun 19, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginobili shoots during practice before game seven of the 2013 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
What Player Has To Step Up? Manu Ginobili. Game five he stepped up and had a huge game for the Spurs. He did everything right, from going back to his style of pay, making shots, making good passes. Game six, he went back to how he has played the first four games of the series, bad. Ginobili made some costly mistakes in game six. He tried to many times to pass the ball while he was in the air. The one that killed San Antonio, when he drove to the basket, was pushed underneath and tried to pass it back to the top where it was picked off. He has to, has to do a better job in game seven.
Who Will Have The Biggest Game? Tony Parker. I feel that Tony will have a much better game. He scored 19 points, but shooting 6 for 23 from the floor is not a good percentage. He can and will play better. He feels that this is his team, he wants to win another title for Duncan. He will come out as relentless as ever. It is the last game, leave it all on the floor.
Keys To Victory | Feed Duncan. The Miami Heat have know one that can guard Tim Duncan. He had his way during game six. He had 30 through three quarters and looked like the Duncan of old. During game six, the Spurs stopped going to him and was trying to shoot down the Heat. We have to go back to the block with Duncan and let him go to work. He is a good enough passer that when double teamed, he will be able to kick it out to the open shooters.
Screen For Green. The Miami Heat, Chris Bosh, stated Danny Green won’t be open. Green was 1 for 7 from the floor, 1 of 5 from the three point line as he had his worse game of the Finals. The Spurs need to find some way to get Green the ball. He is shooting lights out. Setting some screens, whether it be double-screens or whatever, he needs to have the ball in his hands. I know many won’t agree with me, but he is the best shooter on the floor for San Antonio right now. He needs to get more touches.
Jun 18, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Danny Green (4) shoots over Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers (15) during the third quarter of game six in the 2013 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Get Back To Basics. Rebound and hit your free throws. Two of which were big areas that cost the Spurs game six. Free throws win games. Have you heard that before? San Antonio had a shot to ice it so-to-speak with Kawhi Leonard at the free throw line in regulation where he it just one of two. Parker also missed some as well. We need to be sure we take advantage of those opportunities. Rebounding is also an area that we seem to let up on when it really matters. There were chances of grabbing that one rebound, possibly the one where Allen tied the game up to send it into overtime. It hit our hands, it hit our hands. We have to grab it and squeeze the ball. Easier said than done, I know. Let’s get back to basics.
Who Will Win The NBA Championship? The way these finals have gone, win one, lose one, you would want to say that the San Antonio Spurs will take it. I don’t need the pattern to decide this. I am going to say the San Antonio Spurs. After a loss, they play inspired basketball and completely have destroyed the Miami Heat. This is their time. Possibly Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili’s last chance at a title. They are going to come out more inspired than ever, with more energy. San Antonio needs to put on ‘the clinic’ type game.
NBA Finals MVP? Tim Duncan.