Steve Dolan:(Photo: Eric Gay/AP)
For instance, Tim Duncan's decision making MUST be called into question. Not so much on the basketball court but, rather, off of it. His jester tattoo is God-awful - seriously, look at that thing. What was he thinking? How can a man like Tim Duncan do that to himself?
As for LeBron, well... he has a hairline issue. No kidding, his hairline is receding faster than the ocean during low tide.
These flaws will have little to do with the outcome of the game but they must be brought to the viewer's attention!
Speaking of hairline issues, Manu Ginobili was atrocious in Game Six. He went off for 24 points and 10 assists in Game Five and bounced back with a stinker in Game Six going 2-for-5 from the field for a measly nine points and missed two critical free throws down the stretch that came back to bite them. He needs to be better.
Miami's game plan? Whatever LeBron wants it to be. Honestly, Erik Spoelstra doesn't run that team, LeBron James does. This game will go however James decides it will go. He is Heat's catalyst on offense and stopper on defense. At the offensive end of the floor, Miami needs to clear space for James so the help defense coming over to guard him has to commit to leaving their man open.
On the defensive end, James is responsible for trying to slow down Tony Parker, who has been the Spurs MVP during the playoffs. Parker needs more help. Danny Green had a rough Game Six in Miami and needs to step up to take some of the heat (no pun intended) off of Parker.
In the end, it will be about who makes the fewest mistakes and makes their free throws at the end of the game. This would be the time in the broadcast in which Malik Rose would point out that the team who scores the most points is going to put themselves in the best position to win the game. Thanks, Malik.
Anyways, I'm rooting hard for the Spurs because I want to be able to watch SportsCenter before Labor Day and not have to hear about LeBron James. But, I think that might be a pipe dream. I don't want the Heat to win but I think they win it. - SD
Heat 97 - 91
What I want to see out of this final game is the battle on who is prepared better. Game 7 is a game for men, and the most prepared men will always come out on top. This game is going to come down to the coaches. Who will prepare their team the best to win the Finals and hoist the trophy at the end of the night.
I think it will be the Spurs who will win. There are a lot of patterns and trends that are hard to bet against. The Spurs have never lost a NBA Finals once they make it to the Finals. Also, it has gone....
- Game 1 - Spurs
- Game 2 - Heat
- Game 3 - Spurs
- Game 4 - Heat
- Game 5 - Spurs
- Game 6 - Heat
So based on that, and the fact that I just dont want Darren Rovell to retweet every "LeBron's headband" twitter accounts later tonight, I will be picking the Spurs. Oh and also to go against Steve (of course, why wouldn't I?) - TT
Spurs 109 - 101
I'll admit I was a Lebron "hater". I liked him when he was in Cleveland, but when he put on that show for Miami, I really started to dislike him. Now, I really enjoy watching him play basketball, but still cannot stand the Heat and their "fans."
Down to business... The Spurs will not let Game 6 affect how they come out in this game, and they need to get the Miami crowd out of the game early. Maybe they'll leave? On the other side of the ball, LeBron needs to take complete control of the Heat. Scoring early and often, taking the ball to the net and drawing fouls on the San Antonio bigs, namely Tim Duncan. With him off his game, this could be an easy win for Miami. However, since I really don't see LeBron doing that until it's the 4th quarter and the Spurs are up by 7, this will be a game similar in excitement to Game 6.
LeBron is going to score 35 with 15 rebounds - because he has to. Bosh will look lost most of the time. Duncan will fundamentally put people to death while scoring 24. Wade will be off somewhere looking for his game. Parker make a great play in the 4th quarter to make you say "Holy... he's so goooood."
I don't even like the NBA and I'll be following this closely. I'm rooting Spurs just to see the Heat fans cry, but I think the Heat pull this one out. And I'm taking the under 189 from Vegas. I just hope people realize that LeBron is the current best player in the NBA by far. He'll get his championships. I just hope they're not in Miami. - MH
El Heat 94 - 88