Last Night at the NBA Finals: In a a 98-96 win, LeBron James and the Heat shut up the critics and tie the Spurs 1-1

(Larry W. Smith, pool/ Associated Press )

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The eyes have it…

Well, well, well. What do we have here? Y’all hear those crickets outside in broad daylight? I sure do. Whassup Twitter? Why is basketball twitter so quiet after the Heat win, but are loud as stinking hell when the Heat lose? Are you really that needy to find solace in a Spurs victory? Are you really that needy that you’ve become pseudo Spurs fans and stick voodoo dolls with crazy ass eyes in hopes LeBron and his mates lose and lose hard? Some of you are about to learn a critical lesson why respecting greatness in the current time and space in which it operates is the correct option instead of the moronic one usually taken in this social media numbing era. An option of ridiculousness having absolutely nothing to do with the game of basketball or even sports itself. Where the hell are the memes? Where the hell are the jokes and facebook conversations about cramps clamoring for Midol pills? Where are the stupid as hell hockey player comparisons? Where y’all at? Yeah I just finished a sentence with a preposition, but maybe foolery induced emphasis is just what some of you need. Yet and still, even after the Miami Heat reclaimed home court advantage in these NBA Finals with a 98-96 win, doubt will remain.

Be honest, in that 3rd quarter when LeBron took over, you got up out of your seat, turned off the air and turned on the heat on blast. Come on admit it. Ha.

Let me be honest right here and right now. I see the San Antonio Spurs as overrated this year. Straight up. They don’t belong on the court with the Heat. They struggled to gain a sizable lead even at home. That’s a red flag. I would have rather seen the athletic Clippers or Thunder (man I wish they were ready) in the Finals just to see how the Heat would respond. The Spurs are boring like the University of Indiana or where the Cameron Crazies stay. I want to see technically sound athleticism unbridled. Period. That’s how the game will evolve. Miami has solved San Antonio mentally. Been there done that as evidenced in last year’s Finals. That was the Spurs shot and they blew it. It’s actually a slap in the face that anyone would even consider the Spurs to be favored over Miami. We are in an embarrassing time where simply because LeBron James and his teammates aren’t an ideal champion, their talent is disrespected even as two-time defending champs playing in their 4th consecutive Finals.

Fourth. 

I respect the San Antonio Spurs. I really do, but that they’re propped as some sort of bogus ass knight in shining armor alternative to the rid the earth of the dark and evil scourge that is the Heat is embarrassing. Look, the Spurs are old and the Heat are in their prime. It’s not like the Heat are some up and coming outfit naive to the rigors of becoming an NBA champion.

They are the current NBA champion and quite frankly, the Spurs haven’t won anything of true note since defeating a young Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron in 2007. How many years have the Spurs led the league in wins and not won it all? It’s always something with y’all. Why are you so thickheaded?

I’m trying to save y’all some money. Miami didn’t even need Ray Allen last night. Do you understand? Some of you wished Bron cramped up and the AT&T Center air condition system broke again. Don’t front. You’d wish anything for a Heat loss.

The narrative says the Spurs are the better team right? Why? Yeah, they do have a deeper bench. Yes, they do have Gregg Popovich (canceled out so far by Erik Spolestra) and yes they do have the most consistent execution we’ve seen this side of the New England Patriots since 1-9-9-9, but does that an NBA Champion make? Window dressing is for haters people. What we are now seeing is one of the greatest athletes of our time and possibly all time stamp his name on history and honestly the resistance by fans and media at large is becoming quite disgusting by not truly acknowledging what we have before us. How will the kids know how truly great LeBron James is if all you dumbasses are speaking of are cramps and inconsiderate comparisons to a consummate capitalist in Michael Jordan. I’m beginning to think the worst to happen to sports in general is Mike. Is LeBron’s game as pretty as the evolution players of Doc, Mike and Kobe? No, but imagine if they had the strength of LeBron. Imagine if they looked down low and knew they could dunk on anyone at the basket with the ease of LeBron and with the force of LeBron. Understand what I’m articulating there without seeing it as some sort of backhanded diss of the three. If you do, that’s on you.

Remember Game 2 in these very NBA Finals last year?

Oh you forgot?

This is a player that wasn’t a unanimous 1st Team All-NBA? This is a player left off the All-Defensive 1st team. Legacy points stolen again. This is a player whose manhood was questioned simply because he cramped up in a close game where they Spurs ultimately pulled away and won by 15 points in his absence. 

Do you honestly think that if LeBron played the entire game, the outcome wouldn’t have possibly been different? San Antonio is lucky to not be down 2-0. Very lucky.

Y’all better shake outta this brainwashed bullshit. I’m trying to tell y’all like I told you last year and the year before. This dude is not losing an NBA Finals if his team is healthy and judging by Dwyane Wade’s stellar production throughout the playoffs, trust his knees will hold up.

That’s a problem for the Spurs.

It’s like folks are afraid to acknowledge reality. It’s like folks are afraid to speak publicly of the Heat’s true prowess out of fear of peer criticism and that’s why I don’t respect many media members and fans opinion. This is so obvious to see and those saying the better team won in Game 1 are morons and know nothing about the game.

Miami has LeBron James and San Antonio does not. It’s as simple as that. Instead of that LeBroning bull crap, maybe you should post pics on him winning.

Yeah, yeah, it’s only 1-1 but unless David Robinson, Artis Gilmore and George Gervin comes walking through that door, this series is over.

If Chris Bosh scores with Duncan and stays on the floor defensively, the Spurs are in trouble.

If Tony Parker and or Manu Ginoblili doesn’t go off in every game the Spurs are in trouble.

If Kawhi Leonard, as good as he is, doesn’t score in double figures the rest of the series the Spurs are in trouble.

If LeBron James continues to be LeBron James, the Miami Heat will threepeat and do so comfortably.

Ha, didn’t Pat Riley trademark threepeat?

My fault coach.

Let a legend be legendary…

No more disclaimers.

Game 3 tomorrow in Miami where you know it will be White Hot.

Shout out to DJ Irie. We need to get another Vegas steak bro.

Oh, and check out my interview with former AAU coach Myron Piggie. You’re about to hear a lot more being he hasn’t truly spoken out since the AAU scandal rocked college basketball.

Be PEace…

MIAMI HEAT (54-28)
FIELD GOALSREBOUNDS
POS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A +/- OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BS BA PTS
L. James F 37:36 14-22 3-3 4-5 +11 2 8 10 3 3 2 4 0 0 35
R. Lewis F 25:34 5-9 3-7 1-2 +8 0 1 1 1 3 0 0 1 0 14
C. Bosh C 36:12 6-11 1-2 5-6 -11 1 2 3 2 2 1 0 1 0 18
D. Wade G 33:57 5-9 0-0 4-4 -8 0 7 7 4 1 1 5 0 0 14
M. Chalmers G 31:13 2-4 0-1 1-2 +5 0 3 3 4 3 0 1 0 0 5
C. Andersen 24:08 1-4 0-0 1-2 -1 0 9 9 0 3 0 2 0 1 3
R. Allen 33:07 4-7 1-3 0-0 +9 2 1 3 1 1 2 0 1 0 9
N. Cole 10:38 0-2 0-1 0-0 -3 0 2 2 1 2 0 1 0 0 0
J. Jones 06:49 0-2 0-2 0-0 +3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
U. Haslem 00:46 0-0 0-0 0-0 -3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
S. Battier DNP – COACH’S DECISION
T. Douglas DNP – COACH’S DECISION
G. Oden DNP – COACH’S DECISION
Total 240 37-70 8-19 16-21 5 33 38 16 20 6 13 3 1 98
52.9% 42.1% 76.2% TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 16
SAN ANTONIO SPURS (62-20)
FIELD GOALSREBOUNDS
POS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A +/- OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BS BA PTS
K. Leonard F 31:32 3-9 2-3 1-2 -6 0 2 2 3 6 1 0 0 1 9
T. Duncan F 37:56 7-14 0-0 4-8 +2 7 8 15 1 2 0 3 1 0 18
T. Splitter C 19:06 1-3 0-0 0-0 +1 1 5 6 5 3 1 1 0 1 2
D. Green G 17:50 3-5 2-3 1-1 0 0 1 1 0 3 1 0 0 1 9
T. Parker G 35:12 8-15 2-4 3-6 -1 0 0 0 7 1 1 1 0 0 21
M. Belinelli 22:24 1-5 1-4 0-0 -7 0 1 1 1 0 1 2 0 0 3
B. Diaw 32:02 3-9 1-2 0-0 -5 3 7 10 5 0 1 1 0 0 7
M. Ginobili 27:43 7-15 2-7 3-3 +4 0 2 2 4 3 1 3 0 0 19
P. Mills 15:11 3-7 2-3 0-0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 8
M. Bonner 01:05 0-0 0-0 0-0 +3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Ayres DNP – COACH’S DECISION
A. Baynes DNP – COACH’S DECISION
C. Joseph DNP – COACH’S DECISION
Total 240 36-82 12-26 12-20 11 26 37 26 20 7 11 1 3 96
43.9% 46.2% 60.0% TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 11

INACTIVE

  • Heat: Beasley, Hamilton
  • Spurs: Daye, James

TECHNICAL FOULS

  • Heat: James
  • Spurs: Duncan

SCORING

  • Lead Changes: 17
  • Times Tied: 12

ARENA STATS

  • Arena: AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
  • Officials: #43 Dan Crawford, #19 James Capers, #23 Jason Phillips
  • Attendance: 18581
  • Duration: 2:32

Word to Ron Glover…

11 Responses to “Last Night at the NBA Finals: In a a 98-96 win, LeBron James and the Heat shut up the critics and tie the Spurs 1-1”

  1. TheLastPoet says:

    Ha! Yes I was among the multitude who called out the Long, using Danny Ainge’s term “shrinkage” to describe Lebron’s performance in game 1 lol. But as I tried to make clear, my intention was not to disrespect greatness, but hopefully to inspire it. I wanted greatness to BE great, whenever the moment required it. I think there’s been enough times already in Lebron’s career where circumstances have prevented his greatness

  2. More than enough times. We can’t be apologists for dude, but hell yeah we can let a legend be legendary.

  3. Michelle says:

    People are so immature.. All the jokes about LeBron cramping up were ridiculous.. A baller can’t play if he can’t walk.. It’s not like having a cold or a stomach ache… All they did was make LeBron mad and a Heat win is the end result..

  4. D.N. says:

    An angry LeBron is evidently a Winning Lebron. Good article! #teamKobe

  5. Derek Allen says:

    Most fools making cramp jokes didnt see Lebron’s calf had cramped up to the size of a small grapefruit. Run the tape back and see for yourself, then slap yourself across ya lips. My brother and I spoke about it as we ran it back but as usual, the genius Mark Jackson (not) and company, and tv and internet fools, evidently, couldn’t see what was right before their eyes. Not a Lebron James fan but some shat is obvious. Just as I didnt like Jordan, cause he beat my Sonics and others, I still respected the man and his greatness. In these times, I may have to do the same for Lebron. Trust me, that’s hard because I’m a #SonicsFan4Life

  6. TC says:

    yYou know I’m with ya on this. I said like you did, if the Spurs can`t even get some cushion at home? They’re in big trouble. I was also arguing with idiots who somehow wouldn’t see (none so blind as them, ya heard?) that the greatest player in the world being out down the stretch in Game 1 wouldn’t cost them? My anger and lack of respect toward people too stubborn to give this man – and he is the lightning rod for this irrational hatred – his due only increases with each Heat playoff win. Does the hatred lessen with a threepeat? It doesn’t seem likely. The hatred is pathological and cynical. People should love watching LeBron play and instead they can’t speak for the hatred gushing from them. Its ultimately sad.

    I got nothin against the Spurs. They are the best team in the conference and I predicted their being here but there is no way they can match up to the Heat. I think the Clips could get here next year and I’m sure with Lionel Hollins, OKC could get here. I think the Spurs are a model franchise and Peter Holt is the best owner in sports for trusting people who know what they’re doing. All that said, I dont care who gets there as long as the sports media tries to bring down the Heat. The more they try to shortchange the Heat`s accomplishments, the more I root for them. And damn, when CB4 is your #3 option things look good.

  7. Origin says:

    Great write up Mike. I myself like Lebron’s game even better than Kobe or Jordan (didn’t see Dr. J until he was an old man). No player besides Wilt (and maybe Garnett in his prime years in Minny) were asked to do as much as Lebron. This young man is asked to be the best rebounder on his team, run the offense, be the leading scorer, be the leading assist man, defend the best wing player, guard other teams bigs and guard 1 thru 4s every night. Jordan nor Kobe were ever asked to do that. Shit no wonder the brotha gets cramps. Lucky he doesn’t blow out a knee doing all that mess.

    People forget that Pippen guarded the best wing players when the bulls were winning championships and ran the offense. Ho Grant and Rodman grabbed all the rebounds. Hell after Penny and Shaq whipped Mike’s ass in 1995 he was in a bar recruiting Jayson Williams to come to the Bulls and rebound his miss shots…lol!! Also who couldn’t guard Magic in the 91 playoffs…..that would be Jordan. But who did Phil throw on Magic which ended up changing the whole series….Pip. You know the same Pip that Mike couldn’t win a playoff series until he came.

    Also Mizzo don’t worry about saving me any money brotha. I have been cashing in these last 3 years off the Heat hate. These dumb ass haters keep getting their money took. While me and Lebron steady smiling at the end of the playoffs.

    @Derek – Fans are some of the most ignorant folks on the planet. As a person who has suffered from cramps all his life (yes they can be genetic). I can tell you once you get them you can be out of commission all day. I have had cramps in my hamstrings and back where I had to be carried to the hospital and given muscle relaxers. Anyone who has watched the heat would know that Lebron gets cramps. Shoot he just got them in game 4 or game 6 against the Pacers. He had to come out and go to the locker room to get stretched. This usually happens when he gets over worked (grabbing rebounds, guarding the best players, scoring points) in a short period of time. Or when he gets overheated. That is why I knew once the AC was TURNED OFF on purpose that the Heat would lose and Lebron would cramp up. But most these haters don’t watch the heat so they wouldn’t know that.

  8. Origin says:

    @ TC-Same here man…on everything.

    @ Michelle – Sista these fools are idiots. They still salty cause Lebron didn’t go to the stanking ass Knicks, Bulls and etc. Dude chose his own path and is still winning. Jokers complain when he comes up short and has a bad game but they reluctantly give him props when he wins.

    But those same jokers will hold up a Durant who is standing in the corner like his idol Dirk waiting for someone to create a shot for him and bail him out. All the while Westbrook is the Alpha dog on the team and actually plays defense and creates shots for everyone.

    Or how about Kevin stat padder Love who team is more loaded than most of the teams that Lebron had in Cleveland and only won over 30 games once since he has been there. But everyone wants him to go to a better team. Yet Lebron is suppose to stay in a loser city like Cleveland that hasn’t won anything since our grandparents were young.

    I tell you I can’t talk to these fools.

    Sista I said when Lebron won the first ring that this whole story since he has been in Miami is nothing more than a real life version of the Django action movie except without the bigot director. Everything from the slave masters, uncle toms to the runaway slave who gets his revenge.

  9. Bet that O. I’ve been saying the last few months that I’m not impressed with Kevin Love because he hasn’t even sniffed the playoffs. That’s crazy. Some of these people ain’t shit.

  10. Justice4twosistahs says:

    Hey, it’s awfully quiet at TSF after a Spurs win. Imagine that. That medicine don’t go down so good when you’re taking it, now does it?

  11. Nah but I bet your trolling ass goes down anywhere and everywhere.

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