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As Good as it Gets: Game 7

20 Jun

It’s what any sports fan roots for, Game 7 of a championship series. One game to determine a champion.

The NBA Finals have been a crazy roller coaster ride filled with sharp turns, and many crazy loops. Game 1 was a back and forth game with the Spurs getting the last laugh. The Heat and Spurs exchanged blowouts in games 2 through 5 with neither team being able to win two straight at any points.

Game 6 on the other hand, may have been the best basketball game of the whole season. San Antonio led throughout, before the Heat finally took the lead in the middle of the 4th. The Spurs answered by taking a 5-point lead with 28 seconds left. Everyone thought it was over. There were several Miami fans who actually left the arena thinking their team had no chance of winning. American Airlines Arena security even had staff surrounding the court anticipating a champion being crowned.

Then, with the help of 2 Spurs missed free-throws, questionable coaching moves by Gregg Popovich, and 2 offensive rebounds, the Heat were able hit two 3’s, including a Ray Allen signature trey with 5 seconds to play to that tied the game at 95 and sent it to overtime. Miami eventually prevailed to send the series to Game 7.

There has been a steady pattern throughout the Finals. After one team wins a game, the other team comes back the next game and gets a win.

Now the stage is set for a decisive Game 7, and if the pattern stands, the Spurs will be NBA champions. However, San Antonio had Game 6 won, and couldn’t close the door giving the Heat new life. LeBron James lost the headband, and immediately starting taking the ball to the basket, which was something he just didn’t do through the first 5 and 3/4 games.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra had the guts to sit an ailing Dwyane Wade for most of the fourth, letting LeBron run the show and it paid off. Will Spoelstra have those same guts to make a similar decision in Game 7? No one knows.

There is no doubt the Spurs will come out to play, and they will play well. Tony Parker won’t go 6/23 from the field, Danny Green won’t go 1/7, and Manu Ginobili won’t turn the ball over an astounding 8 times.

LeBron James looks poised to have a legendary game tonight. LeBron might go over 40 and do whatever it taks for Miami to repeat. It may not matter what Dwayane Wade or Chris Bosh do in this one with LeBron being as focused as he’s been.

The Prediction
I believe both teams play very well, but LeBron James will put on one of the greatest Finals performances in the history of the game only adding to his legacy. San Antonio will give it all they got, but LeBron finishes with 43 points, and wins MVP as the Heat repeat as champions.

Final Score: Heat 98 Spurs 94

 
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