For the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs there is no next game and no tomorrow. Tonight’s 2013 NBA Playoffs Finals Game 7 will decide whether LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade extend their legacy, or whether Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili further their argument as one of the greatest core group of players in NBA history. One team will raise the trophy, while the other will spend the summer wondering if one more made shot would have made a difference.
The Spurs were only 5 seconds away from winning the NBA Championship in Game 6 when Ray Allen stepped up big and canned a three-pointer, sending the game to overtime. A pair of LeBron James turnovers in the closing minutes almost handed the Spurs the series, but luckily for LeBron and his personal legacy, Allen bailed him out.
Game 6 also featured another strong performance from Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, both of whom were relatively absent early on in the series when the Spurs were draining threes like pins with a bowling ball. If Mario Chalmers can put up another 20-point effort with accurate three-point shooting to counter the Spurs, the Heat have a legitimate chance of winning another NBA title.
The Spurs enter tonight’s game with a lot of “what ifs” on their mind. What if Ray Allen had missed that late three? They would surely have wrapped this series up already. At least the Spurs can come into tonight confident that they can hang with the Heat even though they only shot 5 of 18 three-pointers in Game 6 and Manu Ginobili had an off night – again – with 9 points and 8 turnovers.
Even if the Spurs lose tonight, their core trio have proven their playing days are far from over. Tim Duncan’s 30 point, 17 rebound performance in Game 6 was dominant even in the loss. Tony Parker continues to contribute despite nagging injuries, and though Manu has had more off games than on, his Game 5 explosion proves he’s still got plenty of “game” left in him.
Tonight’s Game 7 season ending finale of the 2013 NBA Playoffs Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat will decide this year’s champion when the game tips off at 9/8c in high definition (HD) only on ABC. The ABC network unfortunately does not provide the option of watching an official free online live streaming version of Game 7 in Miami via a mobile phone, iPad, laptop or other Internet device at this time. Online coverage is however available before and during the game here at the official NBA website. My prediction is the back-and-forth pattern plays out tonight and Tim Duncan raises his fifth NBA Championship trophy.