HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Next man up.
The Spurs Way.
Sheer basketball beauty.
Explain it any way you can. But know this, the San Antonio Spurs were clearly meant for this, for this moment and for this rematch they have earned against the Miami Heat in The Finals — starting Thursday night in San Antonio.
You don’t go on the road for a close-out Game 6 against the MVP (Kevin Durant) and the force of nature (Russell Westbrook), lose your superstar point guard (Tony Parker) at halftime to ankle soreness and be anything but destined for The Finals.
Ultimately it was the ageless wonder that is Tim Duncan (aka The Big Fundamental, aka Old Man Riverwalk, aka Timmay, aka … you get the point) who went right at Serge Ibaka in overtime for the game-clinching baskets.
He had tons of help. Boris Diaw, Kawhi Leonard, Manu Ginobili and others chipped in to send this crew back to The Finals in back-to-back years for the first time in the #SpursWay era.
Heat-Spurs Round II is on … history in the making!
Let’s do it again San Antonio and Miami … see you Thursday!
First Finals rematch (two consecutive years) since 1998. And with how good last year's series was, it's a great time for it.—
John Schuhmann (@johnschuhmann) June 01, 2014
They call it the #SpursWay my friend!
Some 17 years to be exact!
Duncan's like: "I've been at this for a minute, son."—
Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) June 01, 2014
Kawhi with the defensive play of the night …
Old Man Riverwalk still getting it done! The Big Fundamental goes to work on the block.
How many times has Duncan made that same play? 17,000? Geez—
Khalid Salaam (@MrKhalidS) June 01, 2014
Everybody wanted a close one … you got it! Overtime it is … wild final minute for both sides.
Unreal! Boris Diaw and the Spurs’ bench putting on a show … but will it be enough?
Boris Diaw: 22 points
Spurs bench: 39 points
Thunder bench: 2 points—
Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) June 01, 2014
Orders straight from the Admiral …
Your eyes don’t lie!
I'm behind but I'm pretty sure I just watched the Spurs score 37 points in a quarter on the road without Tony Parker.—
Kevin Pelton (@kpelton) June 01, 2014
The Spurs' ball movement completes me.—
Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) June 01, 2014
This is no hoax … and could have lasting ramifications on this series, should it go to seven!
Did someone say a C-O-N-Spiracy?
Pop's probably sitting Parker w/an eye on Game 7. But will he play Duncan heavy minutes if he thinks he can snag this game?—
J.A. Adande (@jadande) June 01, 2014
Of course, Spurs go on a 9-2 run and tie the game at 51-51 after the Parker news drops. #SpursWay
Welcome to Game 6, Corey Joseph.—
Jenni Carlson (@JenniCarlson_OK) June 01, 2014
Wow. Tony Parker soreness left ankle, will not return.—
Sam Amick (@sam_amick) June 01, 2014
Cover your eyes when they show you the Spurs’ 3-point shot chart from the first half. #UGLY
Thunder finish with the flourish and set up a second half that defines the season for both of these teams …
Spurs trail OKC 49-42 at half. Spurs will either hit 3s in the second half and probably close series here. Or they won't and they won't.—
Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) June 01, 2014
Agreed. But trust me, there will be plenty!
Anybody who's still criticizing Russell Westbrook after this postseason is an idiot.—
Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) June 01, 2014
Collinsville’s finest trying to jinx us …
Will Game 6 finally be the first competitive game of Western Conference Finals?—
Mike Monroe (@Monroe_SA) June 01, 2014
Danny Green doesn’t dance in Oklahoma!
Danny Green checked his J at the Red River.—
Mark Heisler (@MarkHeisler) June 01, 2014
#Things2DoInLAWhenYouAreNotInThePlayoffs #DontEvenWannaKnowWhy #SwaggyP
Haha. Gone Fishin’ and an ode to my new favorite TNT series (that I haven’t even seen yet). #Genius!
Amen! RecklessRussWest with two horrible attempts on back-to-back (wasted) possessions.
Players would make more threes if they weren't so focused on drawing contact and flailing. Thunder 23, Spurs 20 after one.—
Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) June 01, 2014
My old school rocks more than your new school! #TimmyStillGotHops
Kawhi in that Pacers’ starting five instead of either Hill and or Lance Stephenson is Frank Vogel‘s dream!
George Hill for Kawhi Leonard not the smartest trade in Pacers history—
Matt Pineda (@pinedaHEAT) June 01, 2014
Go ahead and jump with him Serge Ibaka … ruh-roh, he got ya!
VIDEO: Serge jumped up to get dunked on!
Keep an eye on Harrison Barnes, whose fingers will be all over the NBA on TNT Twitter account during the first half!
Gearing up to watch tonight's game! Should be a good one. Ernie I'll try to keep my comments about the court and not about Coach Kerr.—
NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) June 01, 2014
Ol’ School Backpack Game from Timmy #DurantAintTheOnlyOne…