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Well, here it is. I’m gutted that I missed the opportunity to seea living legend this evening, so I’m hoping my Spurs can go on to take the championship to make up for it. I’ve put it on as it started, let’s get into it! Unless something big happens, I’ll just give updates each quarter. Check out my Game 6 recap too, if you like. Cool. Let’s go.

First quarter

  • Heat chants are deafening early on. A minute in and no score, this is going to be tight, I can feel it.
  • Erik Spoelstra really reminds me of someone. I know I said each quarter, I just can’t help myself.
  • Duncan on a fast break, that was a thing of beauty! Calling it a “slow break” was a low blow though!
  • Leonard is quickly becoming one of my favourite players. He always seems so smooth. Spurs up 11-4 with 7:06 to go in the first.
  • LeBron has got his headband back. Hope this keeps his play limited, as he kicked up when that went in the Game 6. As you likely know by now.
  • Nice block by Bosh. Can’t fault that. Duncan returns the favour shortly after.
  • Pop did not look happy with Manu. Haven’t seen a backcourt violation in a while. When he hit that three, I thought the Game 5 Manu was back. I hope he is.
  • I feel this one going to OT. I just can’t see a huge separation forming. Just a feeling, we’ll see if I’m right.
  • My man Kawhi Leonard on six rebounds in the first. He’s on it.

First quarter over, a benched Parker and Duncan didn’t do the Spurs any favours, as Heat took the lead, ending the quarter up by two at 18-16.

Second quarter

  • I liked the jazzy instrumental “I Like The Way You Move” before the beginning of the second.
  • Pop telling it like it is, as always.
  • Battier hitting these threes is worrying me a little.
  • Splitter using that height, easy dunk there, like putting a tin of beans in a cupboard. I hope that catches on. Haha.

  • Bill Russell, 10-0 in Game 7s? That’s too nice.
  • Now Heat on the offensive rebounds. This is so tight.
  • Parker is still so smooth. I think I like basketball because of how smooth the game is as a whole. No grass and mud getting kicked up, it’s all shiny and clean.

  • Gregg calls for time with both games even at 27.
  • If Heat are losing at the end of the third, I see LeBron “accidentally” losing his headband after the last game.
  • Duncan > James. I’m not fronting on that. Obviously they’re two of the best, they wouldn’t be here, I just prefer Duncan. Probably because I’m biased. What can I say?
  • Man, that was a mad bundle! Leonard’s rebound game is so tight!
  • Commentary banter here, is this the WWE?
  • Leonard on 10 rebounds already. This man looks like a veteran already. He’s the one to build the team around in the future. Spurs tie it up at 40 a piece at 1:25.
  • Heat up 46-44 at the half.

Third quarter

  • The Sprint Halftime Report is entertaining, I’m enjoying this. Maybe this should have been under the second quarter subheading. Ahh well. While I’m on a tangent, this advert is incredible.

  • Back to the game. Kahwi! Again! 11. He’s the man.
  • Green with some sweet moves, but that turnover wasn’t great. Nightmare.
  • Uneventful quarter here. LeBron’s threes are on point, as is Kahwi, still! Excessive exclamation marks whenever he’s mentioned it seems.
  • Diaw with the three. Didn’t see that one coming! Oh yeah, that whole “end of the quarter thing”…definitely off.
  • That three by Chalmers, maaaan! Heat up by one going into the final quarter.

Fourth quarter

  • Everyone going in now, this is at a crazy quick pace.
  • Leonard watch: 13 rebounds. I’ll keep you posted, don’t worry.
  • Come on Ginobli, you’re better than this. He is, big look on the three.
  • This is too much for me. The Big Fundamental’s frees are on point today.
  • Leonard: 16 rebounds. Beautiful three too.
  • Heat up two. 39 to go. This is killing me. Go Spurs go. Please go.
  • Ginobli…maaaaaan. 16.3, looks like Heat have got this one. Duncan looks crushed.

Well, that was crazy. Big up the Heat, they got it. Tense as you like, could have went either way, didn’t go my way, but you can’t win them all. Pop showing some sportsmanship, but hey, Spurs can get it next year. We’ve still got this. Congratulations to Miami, back to back champions.

Bonus round! Just a couple of post-game thoughts for you.

  • Spurs press conference – someone asks if it’s the last time this group will play together, TP – “I can’t believe you’re asking this question.” Come on — these guys have got another championship in them before they’re ready to retire! Look how close they came this season, 2013/14- year of the Spurs.
  • Got time for all the respect shown by Miami when they were chatting after the game (on TV – I’ve moved to the internet for the press conference.)
  • How can they be asking them all if they’re retiring? They’re still playing at the highest level, why would it be time to go? Don’t worry Tim, you’re still the man!
  • The respect all around is great to see. It’s why I can’t be mad at Heat, they did it. Big up everyone though, great series. While I’m here, completely unrelated, but R.I.P. James Gandolfini. I haven’t got anywhere else to put that coming up, aside from a potential Sopranos review sometime in the next few weeks. So yeah, just wanted to pay my respects to the man here. Other than that, I’m looking forward to next year’s NBA season. Until then.

While there are usually circumstances usually meaning I can’t watch most NBA matches — either it’s too late, or not shown at all — here I am, watching what should be the final game of the series. I normally defer to JR for my sports news (speaking of which, go subscribe to the man, he knows his sports), but I couldn’t resist staying up for this one. This isn’t going to be a proper review, just a collection of my thoughts throughout the game. It’s still going on, so it might be a bit of a mess, apologies in advance. Let’s get it.

  • Tim Duncan has looked exceptionally strong throughout. 25pts in the first half alone, half of the Spurs total. Big for the big man. I’ve got a lot of time for Duncan, he’s obviously a great player, but above that, he seems like a good man. If anyone deserves another ring, it’s him.
  • I’m surprised at the lack of influence LeBron has had on the game. Of course, as I type this, he comes in with a huge dunk early on in the fourth. Huge. Got to give him props for that. That cut the lead down to four. Not sweating it yet though, Duncan’s back on.
  • Ginobli isn’t matching his previous performance, but that was going to be hard to do.
  • Leonard’s steal was one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while, take the ball, take the two and (if I remember correctly) draw the foul. That was nice.
  • Does Duncan ever lose a jump ball? Man’s too big.
  • Andersen going straight into the first row was crazy. He was back insanely fast too.
  • I’m reading about LeBron getting Nikes saying he’s already won? Not feeling that. Despite going ahead with about 5 to go, I’m still got Spurs ending it here.
  • This has got a “Tottenham’s last match of the season” vibe here for me now, I’m hugely into this. The UK Spurs may not have made the Champions League, but the US Spurs have got the NBA Finals. Do it for Thom of Thom’s Reviews. Please.
  • Adverts. Maaaaan. Suppose I can’t complain if nothing is happening in this time, but there are a lot of them. Also, slightly related, as much as I do enjoy US sports, the breaks are so much more frequent that those more popular in the UK. Not complaining so much as an observation. I guess you probably know that though.
  • Ginobli on that huge run! Nothing stopping him there, that was Juggernaut-esque! Don’t sleep on him.
  • While it’s another time out, I’ll quickly plug NBA Jam on the Windows Phone (probably on other OSs too), but I had this on Xbox and had to grab it on the phone. It actually works and has exceeded all of my expectations. Back to the game.
  • Parker levels it with a beautiful three. This has become a recap. I’m sorry. I’m just excited. Spurs take the lead! I’ll give it a rest, I just hope they can grab the win, as I can’t watch Game 7. Go Spurs go!
  • This is crazy! Tension is high right now. Spurs 5 up with 28.2 to go. James’ fourth has been great, but I don’t know if it’ll be enough. I hope not. Dunno if I should be this biased, but y’know, I can’t lie about being a Spurs fan.
  • Man, I feel for Leonard taking those frees. Shame he missed the first, we’re going to OT. This game is killing me. Allen’s three though. Maaaaaaaaaaan!
  • This OT is even worse. Nothing from me, I’m just going to try to keep my composure.
  • I know what I said, but I have to quickly say something about Green’s defense on that LeBron attempt! Beautiful.
  • True say Spurs should have won though. Let’s be real, that was a foul at the end, and Miami get it? Get out of here. Still, what’s done is done. I just hope Duncan and Co. can get another ring.

Well, we’ve got a Game 7. Wow. That was a mad game. Both teams went in, and I’m going to try to catch the final game. Crazy though, I’m struggling for words, so I’ll end it here. Big up.

Just wanted to add, I watched the Spurs end of the post-game conference. I can’t watch those guys poke at a down team. I felt for Duncan, Parker and Ginobli, still, Thursday is the day to kick it up again! You’ve got this!