Last night, the Miami Heat’s 95-88 win over the San Antonio Spurs made them back-to-back champs, silenced the haters (mostly), and brought the Big Three that much closer to the “not 11, not 12, not a million” rings they have planned in the next decade.
Mostly, it felt like a strange ending to a phenomenal Finals series.
This is possibly the end of an era of Western Conference dominance for the Spurs, with Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan now free agents and frankly, old.
The Heat are on the other side, building momentum with quality role players (a seemingly odd assortment, no less) surrounding a core of superstars invested in proving The Decision was the right one.
What was a thoroughly close game in a series that came down to the wire is light years apart in terms of where these two teams will be next year and in seasons to come.
Erik Spoelstra is a young, up-and-coming coach whose leadership handling this team will provide the resume he needs to be a coach in this league for a long time, while Gregg Popovich has already made his mark in the NBA.
Sealed with a kiss (literally), Pop hands the reins to the new kids, a gesture that while a bit odd, showed a mutual respect for the game and an understanding of how much both teams put into one of the best NBA Finals in recent memory.
Enough about that. I’ve got a few questions.
1. Where was Danny Green last night?
I’m not sure if it was Game 7 jitters, tough defense, or both, but Green was 1-12 from the field with a measly five points. The game would have been a blowout if Kawhi Leonard and his finally redone braids hadn’t had such a great game.
2. Did ESPN really pull the plug on “The Decision” talk?
I’m no conspiracy theorist, but it did seem a little strange that the moment that Bill Simmons started talking about LeBron James‘ announcement from a few summers ago, the line was cut and the feed was lost. However, having worked in both event and studio production at the Worldwide Leader, I also understand that these things happen just by one unplugged cable, a wrong button pressed or weird weather patterns in some part of the line. So guys, chill out, we’ll have plenty of time to talk about LeBron’s talents in South Beach and how he told us about taking them there. It’s the summer and there’s plenty of time to fill.
3. What do we do until football season?
As a casual baseball fan, I dread this time of year. I watch a ton of old “Hard Knocks” episodes on NFL Network, start planning my pessimism for the upcoming college football and NFL season, and plot my dominance in fantasy football. There are no Olympics or World Cup games to fill up my time, and I have about two TV shows that I watch per year, so I guess I kind of have to get a life until August. Nahhhhhhh . . .