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 …
Fascinating to see subplots unfold so much differently than expected in these Finals. Michael Beasley was supposed to matter.Greg Oden too.—
Sam Amick (@sam_amick) June 13, 2014
Never come back
Dig out of this mess, if you can …
No team has come back to win the Finals after going down 3-1. With 2-2-1-1-1 format, Heat now have to travel to SA for elimination game.—
Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 13, 2014
Carrying the load
Shades of Cleveland?
LeBron 10/17. Other Heat starters 11/30 after Bosh layup.—
Steve Aschburner (@AschNBA) June 13, 2014
History … repeating itself
I’m going with 2004!
Can't decide if this Heat collapse reminds me of the 2004 Lakers (hubris, dysfunction) or 2011 Lakers (fatigue, age) the most.—
Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) June 13, 2014
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!
Keep thinking of the end of the Bad Boys 30 for 30 when Pistons kept talking about being tired during the 4th Finals appearance.—
Shandel Richardson (@ShandelRich) June 13, 2014
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.
Spoelstra is getting outcoached too. Poppovich made adjustments to open the floor last game and Spoelstra has done nothing.—
Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) June 13, 2014
Not gonna happen!
Not here Metta, not tonight. #SpursWay
So annoying!!! I want to watch a good game!!!! Oh boy!!!!—
mettaworldpeace.com (@MettaWorldPeace) June 13, 2014
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!
Maybe Dwyane Wade is just old and out of gas. But he's only four months older than Tony Parker.—
Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) June 13, 2014
East Coast vs West Coast
The Heat are getting worked in a game played at their preferred pace. #nofuture
I'll admit it right now: I dropped the ball. Mia looks totally gassed. Out of shape. The Spurs are accustomed to running out West. It shows.—
Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) June 13, 2014
Time for some action …
Heat need it all the time if they are going to save themselves tonight.
And this is the LeBron 'problem' — the 10 pts he's scored this Q look so easy its like: 'why not all the time?'—
Michael Grange (@michaelgrange) June 13, 2014
Kawh-eezy Does It!
It’s always the punch you don’t see coming
None of us saw it coming like this DA …
Not gonna front. Had no idea this was coming.—
David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) June 13, 2014
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.
The Heat have to be hating the fine folks of the great state of Texas by now.—
Earl K. Sneed (@EarlKSneed) June 13, 2014
No coming back from this!
No one man can overcome this onslaught. Not even LBJ!
This thing has 3-1 written all over it. LeBron is great and all, but he ain't beating the Spurs 3 straight.—
Jason Reid (@JReidPost) June 13, 2014
History might have to wait …
Talking about it is much easier than doing it.
This is why winning 3 titles in a row remains so impressive. It's HARD. Tonight is the Heat's 22nd NBA Finals game in the past four years.—
Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) June 13, 2014
Ol’ school player with new school tools
Ray makes it looks so pretty.
Ray Allen is cooler than a polar bear’s toenail on that pump fake—
Lang Whitaker (@langwhitaker) June 13, 2014
The Big Croissant = ballin’
Nothing worse than a basketball man crush!
I have a basketball crush on a 32-year-old, chubby French man named "Bobo."—
John Schuhmann (@johnschuhmann) June 13, 2014
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?
Something looks wrong with Wade's knees, practically standing still off the ball, not engaged in the play.—
Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) June 13, 2014
Spurs are still in control of this series … until further notice.
The Spurs haven't played well and lead by 9.—
Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) June 13, 2014
Careful … be very careful
This is one could slip away if the Heat are not careful.
The Heat are living on the edge here, a Spurs' big run away from laying a very smelly egg in AAA. Pop's system gives his guys an edge.—
Roland Lazenby (@lazenby) June 13, 2014
Miami just went crazy with LeBron running back to the locker room. What’s the deal? #NoCramps
LeBron back to the court. May just be a bathroom stop.—
Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) June 13, 2014
Jordan and Kobe never went to the bathroom! They held it better than everybody!—
Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) June 13, 2014
Another Finals record is not completely out of the question, not yet.
Spurs shooting a frigid 50 percent to open the game.—
Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) June 13, 2014
That didn’t take long …
Heat trail 13-4. They could really use Carmelo right now.—
Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) June 13, 2014
A truly global game
Batum ballin’ all around the world.
For all of you superstitious types out there, keep an eye on this.
LeBron didn't do the ripped-off warmup jacket/JumboTron thing this time at end of anthem. Ran back to locker-room instead.—
Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) June 13, 2014
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.
At this point Julia Dale has showed up at more NBA games than Derrick Rose.—
Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) June 13, 2014
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 …