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Just one win away. If the Spurs want their 5th ring, they are going to have to earn it. But they are no strangers to winning on the road. Over the last two seasons, each of their series have ended on the road. Last season they finished off Utah in Utah, the Clippers in LA, and OKC took game 6 in Oklahoma. This year they completed the sweep of the…

San Antonio 114, Miami 104 San Antonio leads series 3-2 Coach Pop’s response to Miami inserting Mike Miller into the starting line-up and going small (and, by extension, playing faster) was to double down and go even smaller and even faster. You want to play small? Well, paraphrasing Danny Green, our smaller is smaller than your smallest. The story of the game will be Manu Ginobili’s throwback game. And it…

I’ve been thinking about this game so much it’s been driving me a little batty. I’ve been on vacation for the last week, and I fly home Sunday just in time to watch the game tip in the confines of my own living room. In a way, it’s been nice to have the the last two days off from the NBA to spend time with my family and get my…

Miami 109, San Antonio 93 Series tied 2-2 When that Dwyane Wade plays, nobody is beating this Miami Heat team. Period. End of discussion. End of series. Isn’t this the whole reason these 3 combined forces in the first place three years ago? With this Wade, LeBron only has to be really really good, not awesome. And Bosh can have a secretly devastating game on both ends of the floor,…

And here we are again, the most important game of the season. If there’s an overriding theme of this series (besides the constant “LeBron’s Psychological State” crisis), it’s the back-and-forth, see-saw nature of the first 3 games. At some point, one of the teams will need to win 2 games in a row. And for the Spurs, that needs to start tonight. Yes, even though we lead 2-1, and have…

Miami 77, San Antonio 113 San Antonio leads series 2-1 Game 3 will be rightfully remembered as the Gary Neal Game, or the Danny Green Name, or some hybrid thereof. It will also be known for the barrage of 3-pointers those two players hit, en route to setting an NBA Finals record for most 3-pointers by a team, 16. And it should be remembered that way. It was an awesome…

This is the most important game of the season. (Until the next one, of course.) When NBA Finals are tied 1-1, Game 3 is often the pivot game. Since adopting the 2-3-2 format, the winner of Game 3 has gone on to win the series all but once, 11 out of 12 times in total. (Ironically, the away team has a much better record in these games: 9-3.) So the…

San Antonio 84, Miami 103 Series tied 1-1 I could kind of see this loss coming, and I’m mostly OK with it. a simple adage in sports is that “whatever team needs the win more will often get it”. Particularly when the teams are pretty even and playing for the ultimate prize, you can see how this would apply. The Heat could ill-afford to lose this game; it would essentially…

San Antonio 92, Miami 88 San Antonio leads series 1-0 Holy Hell, that was a good game. And not just because the Spurs won, though that surely helps my retroactive opinion of it. Both teams just played at a tremendously high level, with amazing efficiency on both ends. There were plenty of missed shots, but there weren’t a lot of bad ones. The defense was good; the offense was often…

I’m a sentimentalist. A sap, if you will. My favorite part of every playoff series is the moments after the final game, when the two teams shake hands, share hugs, encouragement, laughter, and whatever else it is that competitors do. I just love these moments. To me, this is sportsmanship and competitive nature at its purest and most platonically perfect. The Spurs have always been especially “good” at these post-series…