aiglick

June 19th, 2013 at 12:20 AM ^

It is a team game. Also he made significant contributions in Game 5 which, had the Spurs lost, would have almost assured a series defeat. Most teams I would be concerned with this result but the Spurs have a mulligan and can very well still win this.

Tip of the cap to the Heat but there's still a game left to leave it all on the hardwood.

Bill the Butcher

June 19th, 2013 at 7:51 AM ^

None of what you said makes my statement untrue.  Sure he had a good game 5.  The only good game he has had of the entire playoffs.  This, however, was game 6.

He constantly drove out of control (when doesn't he) and realized too late he was in trouble then threw a lazy high arching pass to the center of the floor that was either stolen or put a teammate in a difficult position.  This happened numerous times down the stretch and it killed the Spurs.

Also for further evidence that he was terrible.  His +/- was -21 by far the worst in the game.

htownwolverine

June 19th, 2013 at 12:19 AM ^

Pop had three serious brain cramps. Two times in regulation not having Tim in there cost two rebounds leading to two three pointers. Last time in ot not calling the to with 8 sec.

Damien

June 19th, 2013 at 12:19 AM ^

The NBA is horrible with all the shitty calls (and no-calls) both ways, players crying (coaches too) and flopping. Hard to respect this when we just witnessed some truly great ball in the NCAA tournament this year...

marti221

June 19th, 2013 at 2:27 AM ^

Lol. NEWS FLASH: There is bad officiating in ALL sports/games. And people complain about them in every thread associated with said sport/game. I happen to think that while the game, passion, competitiveness can't compare to March, the officiating is much better in the NBA. While there may be a few times where you find yourself saying, "THAT was a foul." they tend to let a lot more of the physical play go. There is/was nothing worse than watching touchy call after touchy call in our games this year, only to be even more infuriated when they let some blatant foul go. Consistency is the main thing I look for, and watching ALL of the NBA playoffs, I can honeslty say, the NBA is more consistent with their calls.

Business Time

June 19th, 2013 at 12:20 AM ^

But that was a foul on Allen on Manu's last drive, and a foul on Bosh on Green's last 3 attempt.

That being said, I don't really care which team wins, I'm just glad for an incredible game and a Game 7 coming up.

JamieH

June 19th, 2013 at 12:29 AM ^

on the last play of the game, you are allowed to body-check a 3-point shooter off the court and it isn't a foul.  Convenient. 

That being said, all the Spurs had to do was hit their free-throws in regulation and the game was over.

TheLastHarbaugh

June 19th, 2013 at 12:46 AM ^

One of the greatest games in NBA history.

I can't see how the Spurs bounce back from this, emotionally, or physcially.

Duncan looked absolutely shot in the 4th quarter and OT. He played 44 minutes. Parker also looked drained, Manu looks like a fork needs to be stuck in him, and now they have only 1 day off.

It's going to be tough. I think Duncan had one more great Finals performance in him, and that was it.

JamieH

June 19th, 2013 at 12:51 AM ^

I thought the officiating through 3 quarters probably favored the Spurs.  But not by as much as crybaby James wanted you to think it did. 

taistreetsmyhero

June 19th, 2013 at 12:57 AM ^

I've hated LeBron ever since he gotten into the league...one of those pure "haterade" hates--I'm a Lakers fan and more or less a Kobe fan, and I reveled in LeBron's failures. But now that my more juvenile feelings have subsided, I want to like LeBron and have LeBron be better than MJ, if only to say I was there when the greatest player in the history of basketball took over.

But I've never seen such a dominating player disappear for such long stretches. For better or worse MJ, Kobe, Bird, Magic, Wilt would have asserted themselves in every part of the Finals. LeBron is one of the most complicated players--he does everything, but sometimes he does nothing. It's crazy to me.

WolverineinSB

June 19th, 2013 at 2:27 AM ^

I don't think a super star has ever been as criticized as LeBron. He had a triple double and people are talking about him in a negative light. That would have never happened to MJ and that's just the world we live in. No player has ever been perfect for all 48mins and yet they expect it every night from LeBron.

People just need to stop hating on Lebron and realize that what he can do is unique and may never be done again in your lifetime. If u can't enjoy what he can do than you just don't like basketball.

DirkMcGurk

June 19th, 2013 at 7:17 AM ^

Is MJ was always out front all game every game in the finals. LeBron sat that thing out last night until the 4th quarter. Then he proceeded to bull his way to the rim. MJ would have came out from the rip. I think Lebron likes to "get his teammates involved" so if the lose it is on them.

R Kelly

June 19th, 2013 at 7:51 AM ^

People remember MJ with rose colored glasses.  The man was great, but he was also human.  He had bad games, missed shots, etc. just like every other player.  Its the same way as when we think of Charles Woodson, we probably don't remember a single completion against him.  Or in a few years, we won't think of all the times Trey Burke missed those step back jumpers, we'll just remember the huge ones he hit.  

Point being, when his career is done, people will only remember the times when Lebron looked like he could do whatever he wanted out there to dominate a basketball game, and not the times when he couldn't knock down an open 15 foot jumper for three quarters of a finals game.

jdon

June 19th, 2013 at 9:04 AM ^

what blasphemy is this?  Charles Woodson never had a pass completed against him, never missed a tackle and only returned one punt in his career (which he took for a touchdown).

you have your history and I have mine.

jdon

 

ijohnb

June 19th, 2013 at 11:49 AM ^

was certainly not perfect but he always impacted the game when he was in, usually in a positive way, every so often in a negative way, but he never just hid out and let long portions of the game go by without asserting his influnece.  I think the issue that people have with Lebron at times is that there are stretches when he is content to be just another player.  He is not "letting the game come to him" or any other such applicable phrase, he is simply idling.  I do see that with him.

WolverineinSB

June 19th, 2013 at 10:46 AM ^

Lebron is a better passer and rebounder than MJ. And my issue with people saying that they don't like Lebron bc he is cocky and arrogant are bc u obviously forget what MJ was like. Lebron is a much better person from most accounts than MJ ever could be. MJ is like an alcoholic, gambling addict and yet everyone only thinks about how he was on the court. The worst thing Lebron has ever done was change teams to try and give himself a chance to win. It was a change that any player would have made