MIAMI — Didn’t see it coming.
None of us did.
Not like this.
Not from the San Antonio Spurs or the Miami Heat.
Not like this.
In the span of eight quarters the Spurs took the Finals and flipped it upside down and inside out, pushing their lead to 3-1 after Thursday night’s 107-86 thrashing of the Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena. The best road team in the NBA this season showed themselves to be every bit of the juggernaut away from home that their record indicates they should be.
All that’s left is the close out. It could come as early as Sunday night in San Antonio, provided the Spurs keep this up. No team has ever come back from a 3-1 deficit in The Finals (0-31). No team has won consecutive road games by 15 or more points in The Finals … until now.
History will be made in this series, one way or another.
But I promise, no one saw this coming.
The Spurs didn’t.
And the Heat certainly didn’t see it coming!
Revenge of the Spurs
Tony Parker said he likes the term “rematch” better. Call it what you want. But two straight beatdowns on the road gives the Spurs the right to call it whatever they want.
Not No. 1 (pick) , not No. 2 (pick), not No. 3 …
Never come back
Dig out of this mess, if you can …
Carrying the load
Shades of Cleveland?
History … repeating itself
I’m going with 2004!
Measuring up to MJ
Like Mike … nah!
All about Bobby
Fundamentals + Magic = History
This would have been one unbelievable two-man game for the world to deal with …
From Wade County to Fade County!
The almost dunk of The Finals, Kawhi flying in from the wing on Birdman. Lawd! Spurs rolling 81-57 at the end of the third.
Let the blame game begin
With no easy answers for a second straight collapse at home, no one will escape the wrath for this one. Clear your throat Bobby Ramos.
Not gonna happen!
Not here Metta, not tonight. #SpursWay
So much for that home court advantage
The Big 3 era wasn’t supposed to end like this …
Age ain’t nuthin but a number
The older the berry the sweeter the juice!
East Coast vs West Coast
The Heat are getting worked in a game played at their preferred pace. #nofuture
Time for some action …
Heat need it all the time if they are going to save themselves tonight.
Kawh-eezy Does It!
It’s always the punch you don’t see coming
None of us saw it coming like this DA …
Deep in the heart of Texas …
Shades of Dallas in 2011? Perhaps. The Spurs are just beating the brakes off of the the Heat 55-26 at halftime. Heat looked completely stunned and utterly helpless in the midst of this undressing by the mighty Spurs. Next time Timmy says he wants a piece of you, you better be ready.
No coming back from this!
No one man can overcome this onslaught. Not even LBJ!
History might have to wait …
Talking about it is much easier than doing it.
Ol’ school player with new school tools
Ray makes it looks so pretty.
The Big Croissant = ballin’
Nothing worse than a basketball man crush!
Better Basketball …
Keeping it simple works.
Send out the search party for D.Wade
Something’s terribly off with Wade and clearly off with the Heat. They appear to be out of starch right now. Blowing rotations on defense and passing up shots, open shots, on offense. #WhereisDWade?
Spurs are still in control of this series … until further notice.
Careful … be very careful
This is one could slip away if the Heat are not careful.
Miami just went crazy with LeBron running back to the locker room. What’s the deal? #NoCramps
Another Finals record is not completely out of the question, not yet.
That didn’t take long …
A truly global game
Batum ballin’ all around the world.
For all of you superstitious types out there, keep an eye on this.
There’s wrong and then there is this …
Julia Dale did her thing as always on the anthem. I want to see her ID, no way she’s only 13.
Ready or not …
You know LBJ is ready. The Heat have played 48 consecutive playoff games (since the conference finals against Boston in 2012) without losing consecutive games.
Danny Green is super clean, but Timmy takes the #NBAStyle cake with these throwback jeans.
All eyes on Kawhi
I wonder if young Kawhi Leonard is ready for an encore performance from Game 3?
Big Boys in the building
We’ve got the TNT Big Boys in the house tonight, too. Careful Shaq, you might leave a mark on that dome! #ChuckB!
Hang Time Pigcast!
Win or lose, we did Miami right for Games 3 and 4. #HangTimePodcastCrew Shout out to our gracious host @GeniRodriguez
Priorities people, priorities …
So let me get this straight, the Heat haven’t even found their way out of this series and they are already contemplating their next move (Melo joining the Big 3 to make a Big 4)? That’s either the epitome of Heat arrogance or an extremely wise decision by a forward thinking front office crew.
It’s going down … Finals … Game 4!
Game 3 flashback
It’s in the books, of course. But if you’re a fan of basketball and of high drama, nothing tops Game 3 of these Finals …