LeBron James validated his superstar status with 37 points and 12 rebounds. Dwyane Wade showed he still had it with 23 points and 10 rebounds. My fellow ACC’er Shane Battier scored 18 points off the bench while going 6 for 8 from 3-point land. And let’s not forget head coach Erik Spoelstra coaching the game of his life last night.
Having said all of that, it’s hard for me to be convinced that the Miami Heat were a better team than the San Antonio Spurs.
I mean I can’t help that the Spurs gave away Game 6. The same game where the Spurs went up by 10 during the fourth quarter AND had a 5-point lead with 20 seconds left.
Let’s be real about something folks: the Heat had NO BUSINESS winning Game 6.
And let’s not forget the Spurs hung with Miami and led for a big portion of the game. Tim Duncan had another big game to follow his monster Game 6 with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Kawhi Leonard became a budding star with 19 points and 16 rebounds.
However, I have to take the good with the bad. Tony Parker’s hamstring limited him to the tune of 10 points. Manu Ginobli capped his nightmarish series with 4 turnovers. Danny Green came back to earth on 1 of 12 shooting.
And let’s not forget the Heat stepped up when it mattered most in the 4th quarter. It may have helped that the Spurs were out of gas in the end.
Look, I’m not here to poo-poo on the Heat’s championship achievement. As I said at the beginning of this rant, props to Miami for winning back-to-back NBA titles.
Sometimes though, one has to wonder “what if?”…