El Conclusion: Miami Heat 103, San Antonio Spurs 100

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San Antonio Spurs 100 Final
Recap | Box Score
103 Miami Heat
Tim Duncan, PF 44 MIN | 13-21 FG | 4-5 FT | 17 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 30 PTS | +16

It’s hard to ask much more than what the Spurs got from Duncan in this one, although only five of his 30 points came in the second half and overtime. That’s the only disappointment with Duncan’s performance.

Kawhi Leonard, SF 46 MIN | 9-14 FG | 3-4 FT | 11 REB | 0 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 22 PTS | +11

Kawhi Leonard played a hell of a game. Considering he has so much room to grow in his game, it’s incredible to watch what he’s doing in the NBA Finals at 21 years old.

Tony Parker, PG 43 MIN | 6-23 FG | 6-7 FT | 3 REB | 8 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 19 PTS | +8

Parker played a decent, if inefficient, game in Game 6, but was clearly gassed down the stretch. So much so that the Spurs went with a lot of defense for offense substitutions and TP settled for a lot of long 2s down the stretch. No turnovers either.

Manu Ginobili, SG 35 MIN | 2-5 FG | 4-6 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 8 TO | 9 PTS | -21

When Manu Ginobili has almost as many turnovers as points, that’s not a good thing.

Danny Green, SG 41 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -12

The Heat clearly made an effort to shut down Green’s open looks in Game 6. The result was just 1-for-5 from 3-point range and a quiet night from IcyHot. Probably a good bet his chances at a Finals MVP went away with this one.

Boris Diaw, C 23 MIN | 2-6 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | +1

Boris continues to play well in the stretches he’s in the game. His passing is excellent if overabundant and he made several hustle plays for the Spurs, especially in the first half.

Tiago Splitter, C 8 MIN | 2-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -13

Not a lot from Tiago, but the back-to-back buckets he scored at the beginning of the fourth quarter were rather important. Duncan was resting and the Heat had just cut the Spurs’ lead to single digits. Splitter somehow got a couple to go and kept some cushion for San Antonio.

Gary Neal, PG 24 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -5

Like Green, Neal didn’t have a lot going for him offensively. Unlike Green, Neal can’t make up for it on the defensive end.

Gregg Popovich

I’m sure his decision not to call a timeout late in the overtime period when the Spurs got the ball and Tony Parker was on the bench will be debated for hours on end tonight, tomorrow and in the hours leading up to Game 7. Generally, I’m in favor of getting the ball and going.

Two Things We Saw

  1. The Spurs will regret the free throws they missed late in this game. Ginobili, Leonard and Parker all missed freebies late in the fourth quarter and overtime that could’ve put this one to bed.
  2. We get a Game 7. This is what it’s all about. Be excited.
  • JT

    Manu should get a Z–, he sucked tonight and I put this entire game on him, without his 8 turnovers, the Spurs would be celebrating a championship right now. This game killed all momentum we had, and Manu played the worst game of all, he is supposed to be the veteran, and he may have cost the Spurs a championship.

  • GSL

    So many chances to close it out, but this is no time to get down. Time to focus on Thursday!

  • Agent21

    Terribly disappointing. Silly mistakes cost us this game, I hope not the championship too

  • Graham

    Just one more FT, or one last Board, and we had this in the bag. Man this one hurts. I’m just glad the team has been able to handle these games better than me.

    Lets hope the Heat are emotionally spent after this one. I’ll be a nervous wreck for it now.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Kawhi and Ginobili missed key free throws in regulation that would have put them up 5 points with 19.1 seconds left to play. Miami hit the next 3 pointer with 5.2 seconds left and we would have still been up 2 points with the ball.

  • Titletown99030507d

    WE BLEW IT! Don’t feel to good about game 7. Does Duncan have enough in the tank for a game 7? Will Ginobili play big minutes and will he play better? Will ICY/HOT be HOT? Are they too emotionally drained to play Spurs ball? I am heart broken don’t think I’ll watch game 7 until the last 5 minutes of the game then I’ll see if I leave the TV on or not. God help us.

  • STIJL

    Mentioned numerous of times. Ginobili is as responsible for as many Spurs losses as wins. Dating back to the ill advised, stupid foul on Dirk to this day. 8 freakin’ turnovers when everybody else is (hence others playing as a team conscious effort to not turn the ball over) to not make those mistakes yet Manu continues to set up his opponents for wins.

    Not that this is all his fault…but it is a proven fact. Let’s hope he is “great” Ginobili in game 7 and not “detriment” Ginobili in game 7. That said… pray the entire team can play at their best in game 7. It will be needed.

    Oh…and a little less timely “bias” regarding the officiating crew would be nice.

    Bu the Spurs had this one. All they had to do was secure just one rebound. Instead….they let multiple rebound opportunities slip away at the end.

    It sucks watching them lose a game they should have won.

  • TheFG21

    Im positive we’re gonna closed out this thing on Thursday. But for now it truly hurts. And thats me at my house. Imagine all those fans at the AT&T Arena?!?

    And what about T.Duncan?!? Even in his prime years he hadn’t games like that in the Finals. Man, that was worst than GoTs Red Wedding. I didnt catch The Rains of Castamere in the background thought.

  • Jdubyaiv

    Pop’s decision to take Duncan out for back to back defensive possessions at the end of regulation was questionable at best. At worst, it may have cost the Spurs the championship. I really hope that turns out not to be the case, but I’ll never agree that taking out one of the best defensive players in League history (who already had 17 rebounds) was a smart decision. A very frustrating end to a great game. Spurs can still win Game 7, but it was disappointing to give this one away.

  • junierizzle

    Yes Manu sucked but I don’t blame the loss on him. Despite his turnovers Spurs were still up 5 with less than a minute.

    It was a perfect storm

    -Pop not going for the throat up 10 in the 4th.Rested TP and Duncan too long.
    -Neal leaving Miller wide open
    -Green missed two big wide open threes.
    -Pop takes out Duncan and Heat get two cracks at a three.
    -Leonard, Manu and Parker miss clutch free throws
    -Pop takes out Duncan and again the Heat two cracks at a three.

    And all that was in regulation.

    And Pop doesn’t call a time out down by 1. Sometimes no time out works in those situations but clearly the Spurs didn’t know the plan was to push. They should have just called a TO.

    Game 7: I’d be more excited if Spurs lost a close one, not give away a close one. It’s the Finals, you can’t give a game away.

  • Ra

    Imagine what Popovich must going through with Ginobili. He knows Ginobili is absolutely killing the Spurs with his TO’s and mistakes, but he has no secondary ball handler to give Parker a break. He has no choice but to stick with him. Must be driving him insane. Pop doesn’t mind missed shots, but poor defense and TO’s just send him off the edge.
    The problem I have with this loss (besides the missed free throws and Heat offensive rebounds in the final frantic seconds) is that I don’t know if Duncan and Parker will have enough left in the tank for a game 7. They really wasted a vintage Duncan game and I don’t know if he has the energy to do it again. It seemed like the Spurs went all in tonight, and came up just short. That’s what hurts.

  • junierizzle

    Manu is better off just shooting it. He keeps making the same bad pass. Better to go 1-9 then 9 TOs.

  • Melbourne Spur

    Ouch. That is all I can muster.

  • japanzaman

    I think this game is a perfect example of how when given enough time the law of averages usually wins out. Case in point:

    1) Duncan was practically unstoppable for the first three quarters, and his shot % was just insane. But look at the last quarter and overtime- he fell back down to earth and missed the rest of his shots.
    2) You can’t knock Danny Green for his 3 point shooting- he was already WAY ahead of the curve entering this game and still is. You don’t shoot 70% from the arc over a 7 game series, especially when the pressure is this high.
    3) Lebron finally got into the game and his shots started falling. He hadn’t shot well all night, but the last quarter evened his performance out. Others like Chalmers and even Battier played more like their typical selves.

    I do think pop should have kept Duncan and Parker in as long as possible, but considering how well the bench had performed up until that point it wasn’t a complete bad decision. As far as free throw shooting goes- part of that comes with experience (Leonard has none) and some of it fatigue (Parker looked spent by the end of the game). Manu is just in a funk and probably shouldn’t see much action in the final game.

    San Antonio is in some real trouble here, make no mistake about it. They should have won and Miami knows it. Wouldn’t surprise me a bit to see Miami absolutely dominate in the next game…

  • Alf

    Manu -21. All the other starters are +. What was he doing making cross court asses. if he doesn’t redeem himself Thursday, he may as well retire.

  • clennon

    Spurs just crapped away a championship. The last 35 seconds of regulation was a perfect storm of suck. A game 7 win for the Spurs is not in the script.

  • Alf

    Pop keeps reminding his players the defense isn’t complete until you get the defensive rebound. I guess he forgot that when he put in 4 smalls to defend the last play in regulation. If Allen missed that 3, Heat would’ve probably gotten another rebound and another attempt.

    And I swear that it must be an unspoken David Stern rule that you cannot foul the other team if you are up 3. It makes the most sense but Stern wants excitement and to give the other team a shooter’s chance.

  • clennon

    It was definitely a stupid move by Pop. I rarely accuse him of making bonehead moves, but he definitely outsmarted himself. Duncan should have been in there.

  • Alf

    Lebum had two huge turnovers at the end of regulation and the Spurs did not capitalize, despite an insane 3 pt chuck by Tony Parker.

  • lvmainman

    Unfortunately, the Spurs will have nothing in the tank for game 7. Man, watching Duncan get blocked by Miller and Lebron in the 2nd half was sad to see.

    It was a good season. I still would’ve benched the big 3 and Diaw for game 6, so that they would have 3 days rest.

  • Ra

    Oh, he’s done anyway whether they win or lose. The only hope is that he can go out with another ring. Imagine how bad he’ll be next year at playoff time if they kept him around, a year older and even more mistake prone. I appreciate the past and what Ginobili helped the Spurs become, but like Pop said, that was the Dark Ages. He’s done. If Gary Neal could dribble a tad bit better against a good defense, we wouldn’t even be having this conversation. Last thing: If Neal, Green, and Kawhi all improve their handles over the summer, we’ll be back. (Assuming Duncan doesn’t retire, of course).

  • clennon

    “We get a Game 7. This is what it’s all about. Be excited.”

    Screw that. I’m not even going to watch. There is absolutely no way the Spurs are going to win.

  • NYC

    You, sir, are the definition of a fair-weather fan. You only want to watch when you believe you are guaranteed to win. You are going to be disappointed a lot in life.

  • NYC

    Sadly, I agree. He is trying too hard to force something that just isn’t there anymore.

  • NYC

    I did not come to see a trophy. I come to watch my team play for a trophy. The W or L is irrelevant . The struggle is everything.

  • NYC

    I still believe they can do it. Getting swept by the Grizz and losing 4 straight to the Thunder was demoralizing. But this year, this series, they are competing. They’re not getting blown out or out classed. They are going toe to toe with the favored sons and going the distance. Can you really ask for more?

    I’m content. Win or lose, I’m getting my money’s worth. And I’m not demoralized. They have just as good a shot at winning game 7 as the Heat.

    “Never underestimate the heart of a champion.” – Rudy Tomjanovich, head coach 94-95 Rockets

  • NYC

    I like everything you said… except the final paragraph. But up til then, good analysis!

  • Tim in Surrey

    Well, regarding Manu: He’s the ultimate high risk/high reward player. Sometimes he does crazy stuff that shreds other teams’ game plans and sometimes he does crazy stuff that shreds our game plans. And remember that if not for Manu Game 5 would’ve gone to Miami. And sure, the Spurs might’ve won an title in 2006, but they wouldn’t have won one in 2005.

    As for Tim and Tony’s fatigue, sure it’s a concern. But what makes you think Lebron is going to be fresh as a daisy after playing 50 minutes out of 53? Or Ray Allen, who played 41? These guys are all champs and they all know they’ve got the rest of the summer to sleep in. I expect a war tomorrow night.

  • Tim in Surrey

    So where were you guys after Game 5? What did you say about Manu then? [Crickets...] I thought so.

  • NYC

    I’m surprised no one is mentioning that travel Manu got away with. Frankly, we didn’t deserve the win at the end of regulation because those two points Manu put up should never have been counted. Miami played harder; they earned it.

    Look, I want to see my team prevail as much as the next fan, but even more than wanting to see them hoist that trophy for a fifth time, I want to see them overcome adversity and win because they bested the competition and proved themselves the better team.

    I’m glad we didn’t win: that would have forever put an asterisk next to our fifth (and likely final) championship. Miami fans (or Lakers fans, or Kobe fans, or any Spurs detractor) would always be able to say, “Yeah but the 5th one doesn’t count because….”

    I welcome the adversity and the frustration. Without disappointment and heartbreak and seemingly impossible obstacles there would be no sweetness in victory.

    If every time you went fishing you caught a big fish, then catching a big fish would be no big whoop. It’s only because the big ones are so elusive and takes so much more skill and patience and sacrifice that we appreciate the achievement.

    If we came up empty handed in game 6, if the big one got away, we should be grateful because it will mean that much more when we finally land it.

  • Len

    I’m still shell shocked this morning. I can’t even imagine how the players feel….

  • Ra

    Believe me, I am with you on hoping that we have enough in the tank to cross the finish line. But you can’t honestly compare a 28 year old LeBron James (who is not nursing any injuries that we know of) with Parker and his problematic hamstring or 37 year old Duncan’s knee. Don’t forget, at home, the Heat can draw energy and feed of their crowd for stretches.
    And I did give Manu credit for what he did in years past. But he’s not that player anymore. It’s plainly obvious to anyone watching. He can only play one way, and it’s flat out killing us. Let’s hope I’m wrong, because he’s playing in game 7. Pop just doesn’t have the ballhanders against Miami’s defense to sit him.

  • TheFG21

    Yep, I heart so much this organization that I feel as if a family member had died. Still trying to digest that loss.

    Im sure the Spurs are gonna back playing like last night, but for how much time they’re gonna maintain that focus/performance level? Timmy left his soul in that court last night (except for those subs at the end) and Bosh in one play fell over his bad knee that left Timmy limping. We dont know how bad it is, we dont know how’s T.Parker hamstring… In the other end, we dont know also how’s D.Wade knee and that could level the playfield a little.

    Game 7 tomorrow ladies and gents… Win or Go Home.

    Since 1985 2-3-2 format, no road team has ever won a Game 7. Im positive we have a shot to change that.

    GO! SPURS! GO!

  • bob mcgraw

    this is it the spurs just lost the championship. this was the best game ive seen duncan play in years, he had 30 points at one point and the heats big three only had 34 spurs had a 10 point lead going into the 4th quarter. they let miami close the gap then go back up 5 with only 37 seconds left let them tie it up and lose. its over no way the spurs can recover from that. “I have no clue how we’re going to be re-energized,” Ginobili said. “I’m devastated. But we have to.” devastated thats not the mentality you need going into game 7. plus no team in nba history has won a game 7 on the road. no im not a fair-weather fan im just a realistic one. the spurs had this game and they collapsed. everyone on espn is saying this is one of the best finals games ever i thought it was disgusting to watch personally from the fourth quarter on.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Kinda like the Hibbert thing.

  • clennon

    Yeah, well, watching the Spurs crap themselves is bad for my health. I’ll be at the movies, you real fan you.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Good point I’d take my chances on him letting her fly instead of giving up points on turnovers.

  • clennon

    Yes, let’s definitely discuss some random play where Manu may have gotten away with an extra step. That’s what’s on all our minds, you self-important d-bag.

  • Titletown99030507d

    All Kawhi has to do is make the other free throw in regulation and your post is mute.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Parker is not counting himself out, neither is Tim or Manu. If Pop would only tell his guys to stay at home with the 3 point shooters. ARRRRRGH! Neal.
    Also I would like to know if that block on Danny Green was a foul? Is it ok to run into the guy if the opponent has his hand on nothing but ball? I’m not clear on that. But even at that DG would have to sink 3 in a row. But hey I would have taken our chances with a double overtime.

  • Bry

    Again, another pretty dreadful game from Splitter (can he go like five minutes without a turnover or multiple fouls?) And Ginobili was disastrous. Ginobili was a -21 in a game that went to overtime. Duncan was a +17. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a disparity like that on a single team. Considering Duncan played 44 minutes, just imagine how poorly Ginobili must have played when he was on the floor without Duncan. 8 turnovers. I can’t repeat it enough. 8 turnovers, to a team that everyone on planet Earth has said repeatedly you CANNOT turn the ball over to them. Leonard is 21 years old. And he’s playing with smarts and composure. Can anybody tell me if they’ve ever seen two starters in a playoff game have 37 point +/- disparity?

  • Len

    Refs made it clear they were swallowing their whistles at the end of the game and OT. I’m not putting this loss on the refs. Spurs had their chances and just came up short.

  • agutierrez

    And he did it TWICE to boot! I guess like all smart people, Pop too is capable of immensely stupid acts.

  • Len

    As crazy as it sounds, how bad of a decision could it be to give CoJo or Nando some burn? Maybe those guys will be so young they won’t be phased by the biggest stage possible. It’s worth a shot. They couldn’t do any worse than Manu. Pop is going to have to think outside the box to win game 7.

  • clennon

    This is not Kawhi’s fault. You can divvy up the blame between Manu and Coach Pop. Also, it’s moot, not mute.

  • Sibaris

    Leonard missed a key free throw and gets an A+? That alone takes a lot of credibility off of the rest of your grades.

  • clennon

    From the perspective of anybody who isn’t a Spurs fan, I’m sure it was a “game for the ages.” For us, of course, it was a travesty.

  • Bry

    Whoever starts or plays big minutes must not make live-ball turnovers or choke at the rim (which is essentially the same as a live-ball turnover). Miami has lived and died on those LBTs for the past three years. So, when you don’t get a shot up in 24 seconds, or you travel, or even when you commit an offensive foul, those kinds of turnovers are not as bad. Miami still has to walk the ball up and deal with the Spurs’ half-court defense. But, when you turn it over live, there is no team better at killing you in transition than Miami. That is the ONE thing you cannot do. And it is the one thing Ginobili (and earlier Splitter) have been doing like it’s their job or something. Remember earlier in the playoffs where Pop’s entire quarter-break interview was ‘turnovers. turnovers’ when he was asked what was wrong with both the offense and the defense? He was absolutely right. Miami got extremely lucky with a few incredibly fortunate plays, but what Ginobili did was not luck. It was what everybody has been talking about and warning him not to do for the past two weeks. Inexplicable.

  • Len

    Oh I agree. Turnovers and transition D are priority one vs the Heat. I’d add that defensive rebounding is priority 2. The Heat stayed close in the first half by getting several second shot attempts. And too many times Manu was not boxing out his man. I remember one play vividly where Wade drove to about 8 ft, shot and got back iron and got his own rebound because Manu did not put a body on him. It pains me greatly to see such a tremendous man struggling but it is what it is. And we’re talking about a championship here.

    Not to mention, I don’t see any way that the main guys (besides Kawhi) can go 40+ at what will surely be a very frenetic game 7. Pop has talent on the bench and he needs to think about using them.

  • junierizzle

    I lost count how many times LeBron has traveled. Are you referring to the layup where Bosh flopped? Trust me if they called an offensive foul no one would say well, Heat didn’t deserve to win because Bosh flopped. If the Spurs would have pulled it out, no one would’ve circled back to that Manu alleged travel.

    Also have you been watching? This team has had its fair share of Adversity. A win last night couldn’t have been sweeter. And who cares what other people say. It’s the Spurs, they are used to it. If Spurs won last night on Manu’s travel which you assume changed the gam then people would’ve found another reason to doubt them. I guarantee you if they win Game 7 the first thing people are going to say its because Westbrook was out. And guess what? I don’t care.