Miami Heat 2013 NBA Champs
Final Score: Heat 95 – Spurs 88
The 2013 NBA Finals should go down as having one of the greatest Game 7 finals in NBA history. In Game 6, the Miami Heat pulled off a miraculous comeback fueled by LeBron James and Ray Allen’s miracle three-point shots which kept their teams alive for another day. Offensively, LeBron capitalized on the Spurs decision to allow him space to shoot the open three-pointer and he shot a team high 5-10 from the arc. The Spurs played great basketball, unfortunately Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker failed to contribute enough offense as the Spurs failed to stop the Heat in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter.
Gregg Popovich rolled the dice and choose to stick with playing Ginobili for extended minutes – this choice proved costly for the Spurs as Ginobili committed multiple and crucial turnovers where it mattered most. San Antonio Spurs SG Danny Green could not find the hot-hand from the three-point line and Tim Duncan missed a crucial put-back late in the fourth quarter that would have tied the game.
The 2013 NBA Finals MVP LeBron James literally carried his team on his back, scoring 37 points and 12 rebounds while Dwyane Wade added a much needed 23 points and 10 rebounds. Chris Bosh was a virtual no-show offensively but he provided just enough defense to limit Tim Duncan’s overall effectiveness in the paint. Looking forward the Miami Heat have some serious decisions to make in regards to improving their current roster and adding the necessary size and depth. I believe this could be the last time we see Bosh in a Miami Heat uniform; the Heat have to improve and Bosh could be a liability.
LeBron James proved many of the naysayers and doubters wrong for the second consecutive year. He accepted the challenge and responded with a Game 7 performance that will be mentioned among some of the greatest single player performances in NBA Finals History. I expect the Spurs to comeback next season for another championship run, unfortunately they have some series decisions to make regarding Ginobili’s future with the organization. His poor decisions and turnovers throughout the game may have cost the Spurs the 2013 NBA title.