Spurs’ redemption makes game better


VIDEO: Spurs storm past Heat for their fifth NBA title

SAN ANTONIO — It was a season that the Spurs attacked like the world was their piñata, determined to keep hitting and hitting it, smacking and banging it until one day it would burst open.

When the prizes finally fell at their feet on Sunday night, it was relief and release and redemption.

“It makes last year OK,” said Tim Duncan.

He hugged his two kids. He wrapped Manu Ginobili up in a bear hug. He clamped a headlock on Kawhi Leonard. And he practically swallowed Gregg Popovich up in a grin that was as big as Texas.

Twelve months ago, there were the last 28 seconds of Game 6, Duncan’s own missed put-back in Game 7, followed by a year that probably seemed longer than a journey across purgatory on a lawn mower.

It drove them, but not to distraction. It pulled them along, but never pushed them over the edge. It, OK, spurred them with just enough sharp pain in their flanks to know they never wanted to feel that again.

“We wanted to redeem ourselves,” said Tony Parker.

It was a relentless, astonishing campaign of atonement through artistry, reshaping that ugly lump of lost opportunity into the basketball equivalent of Michelangelo’s David.

The Spurs won a league-best 62 games during the regular season and then sculpted a playoff drive that only got better as it went on and culminated with this jaw-dropping masterpiece against the two-time defending champion Heat.

In the process, the Spurs reintroduced the world to what it means to play the game at its purest form, the linear descendants of the 1960s Celtics and the 1970s Knicks, who share the ball and take away the breath of anyone who has ever loved the game.

Quite fitting that the culmination came on the opening weekend of the World Cup. So often called “the beautiful game,” futbol looks like a faded starlet with too much mascara when compared to these Spurs.

There are more passes in an average Spurs offensive possession than a singles bar on a weekend night, more cuts than a butcher counter, more bodies moving than in an earthquake. Their style of play practically comes with a musical score you can hear in your head.

They are the 38-year-old Duncan spinning in the paint to knock down turnaround jumpers, the 36-year-old Ginobili reaching into his past and rising up to throw down a thunderbolt dunk over Chris Bosh and the 32-year-old Parker conducting the symphony.

Now the Big Three have the 22-year-old company of Leonard as Finals MVP for a franchise that has stretched excellence over 15 years with five championships.

“Great coaches, persistence, drive and a love for the game,” said Duncan.

They wanted LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Bosh and the rest of the South Beach spectacle that are the Heat precisely because they were the ones who benefited from the Spurs’ mistakes a year ago and that loud backdrop would make the brushstrokes of the Spurs’ collaborative game practically leap off the canvas.

This wasn’t a mere beating of Miami. They couldn’t have pulverized the Heat more by using a mortar and pestle.

The Spurs were the black velvet jeweler’s cloth that shows off the flaws in a low-grade diamond. They shot the ball better than any team in Finals history against a team that prides itself in playing a disruptive, smothering defense. They won all four Finals games by 15 points or more and it was an NBA-record 12th time in their 16 playoff wins with such a margin.

After dominating the first quarters of the first four games of the series, the Spurs devilishly spotted the Heat a 16-point lead in the clincher and then stepped on their throats.

James battled valiantly with his 31 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two blocked shots, but he might as well have been a lamb taking on a pack of wolves. By the middle of the third quarter, if his teammates were any deader there would have been guys in white coats standing around waiting to harvest organs.

The plight of the four-time MVP James trying to carry the entire Heat cause on his shoulders was in direct contrast to the Spurs roster that is deeper than a philosophy class at the bottom of the Marianas Trench.

They had Boris Diaw doing sleight-of-hand passing, rebounding and taking his turns playing defense on James. They had Tiago Splitter mixing it up under the basket and doing throwback Larry Bird impersonations with touch passes in the lane. They had Patty Mills from halfway around the world, the first Indigenous Australian to reach The Finals, slinging in killshot 3-pointers. They had the flinty Popovich to keep them looking ahead even while feeling the sting of the past like lashes on their backs.

With the exceptions of Marco Belinelli and Jeff Ayres, they were all there a year ago in Miami when the dagger went in and the blood of remorse first rose up their throats and gave them a hint of what rejuvenation, reinvention, redemption might taste like.

“Last year was a tough one for all of us,” said Ginobili. “We felt like we had the trophy, that we were touching it, and it slipped away. It was a tough summer. We all felt guilty.

“Last year made us stronger.”

Now the game is better for that.

101 Comments

  1. Tyler says:

    There were more metaphors in this article than there are reporters after a Finals game.

  2. Tmac 4ever says:

    Great article, great finals, and beautiful teamwork, but I think my favorite part of all of this is the random Heat fan to post an A/C excuse comment and the 25 fans that jump on to show just how stupid of an excuse is (=
    When LBJ cramped up and every player (including Heat players) were saying how the broken A/C had no effect on them (Ray Allen stating it actually made him looser bcuz he was used to playing in the extreme heat growing up).
    Congratulations to the Spurs, you deserved it and although Tmac picked the wrong year to play for ya I am happy to see clean redemption.

  3. Yusa says:

    I wanna see a repeat from Spurs. They were a great team since Pop and Timmy step in the game. They evolve and win multiple championship even some of their stars are past at their prime. It was a beautiful basketball you’ve shown us this season. Having a great streak before the postseason, acquiring the top seed and show us history. I thought it would be close Finals but the hunger and superiority rises above and killed the competition. Congratulation Spurs!

  4. Mace1xONEx1 says:

    James and the Heat will be right back to where they were these last four years!….This demoralizing defeat that was the 2014 NBA Finals, they may have needed just that. After four consecutive Finals appearances (five overall), including two straight titles (three overall), the league may have awoken a sleeping giant. They have the greatest weapon in LeBron James and the team is yet to utilize that advantage to it’s full potential. The Heat’s mastermind Pat Riley is too talented not to know what it’ll take to keep James in South Beach. As long as the “Best Player in the World” resides in Miami, the Heat aren’t expected to dwindle anytime soon. Besides, who would question James leaving the Heat? He knows better. Everyone does.

  5. AnaMolly says:

    Sadly Danny Green was not mentioned.

  6. Bru says:

    Spurs’ way to the title: Dallas ( 2011 champs ) , Portland ( 2014 revelation ) , OKC ( the hardest team to beat for the spurs , and the last west team to Win a playoffs’ series against spurs ) and finaly Miami ( 2012 and 2013 champs ).
    AWESOME !
    Nothing was easy for them…we can hardly imagine more difficult
    CONGRATS and thank you for giving us one of the best team-basketball of the history .
    Clearly the BEST TEAM now .

  7. JC says:

    Tim Duncan…The greatest PF of all time, no questions asked. Heart and soul He is a concrete example of a true Basketball Player. You’re my role model in life…Congrats Spurs!!!

  8. #30 says:

    LBJ needs to join Spurs to win not one, not two, but multiple championships. Hahahaha LMAO

  9. Héctor Laboy says:

    Thanks you, SAS, for giving us the opportunity to watch good basketball. Congratulations!

  10. Unkle Daddy says:

    I watched as many playoff games as possible. In doing so I saw a lot of “teams” start a game as a team and when it became crunch time, one of the players would want to be the hero and try and take it all upon his shoulders. Ultimately the team that never lost their identity as a team won it all. I love Leonard he is a bright spot for the Spurs future, we are more than happy to have him, I hope he sticks around. On saying that, I wish they would bring George Hill back into the fold if possible. Come home, George.

  11. bball says:

    Euroball vs streetball

  12. Ranjit says:

    I don’t think, I have ever read a sport article with such a flow ! Hats off to Fran Blinebury ! Started watching NBA in 1999 playoffs and I still remember the game against knicks to win the 1999 finals. Traveled with Tim Duncan watching San Antonio play. It has been a wonderful 16 years ! Is repeat in 2015 too much to ask?

    • 2 Spur-riffic says:

      I don’t think that asking for a repeat in 2015 is too much!….. It would be great to have our Spurs go back to back. :-)

  13. lakerslakerslakers says:

    if lebron wants to win a ring he can play with the kingslayer in san antonio

    • GREGORY INGRAM says:

      San Antonio has never had players on thier team that thier ego was bigger than the team, he could never fit into our system.

      v/r

      Greg

  14. KEN NG says:

    The Beautiful Game

    Congratulations to the San Antonio Spurs team!
    It has been a great year watching you play.. seeing the perfect definition of TEAM basketball in Finals 2014.
    This is a display of a masterful symphony, THE BEAUTIFUL GAME, that touches the soul of many basketball fans worldwide.

    Thank you Tim, Tony, Manu, coach Popovich, and every member of the SAS basketball team, for this pure basketball fun :)
    ** please give us one more year of this fun !

    This is the best story in the history of NBA basketball, that will be remembered for a long time.

    “I love this game”

  15. KEN NG says:

    The Beautiful Game

    LBJ is right, in his comment of ” this is the best sport “, before Game 5.

    Basketball is truly ‘the beautiful game’, futball (soccer) is not.

    I watched both basketball and futball a lot, have been doing so in the past 20 years or so. But as I grow older, I appreciate the game of basketball more and more.

    Soccer can sometimes be an ugly game to watch..
    The flopping is ugly to watch.. it is ridiculously common, it’s almost a culture or something to flop every time a player got tackled.. trying to earn a foul/ freekick/ penalty/ giving out yellow or red cards to the opponent.. this can change the end result of the game significantly. I am glad to see players getting punished for flopping in the NBA.
    The scenes of players shouting at the referees.. again you can see this so many times in each and every game.. (In the NBA, this would be a technical foul +/- ejection.
    The one-way referee-ing is just so unfair.. giving or not giving the penalties, the yellow & red cards. Even recognizing a goal (approving the popular ‘hand of god’, disputing goals that has definitely past the goal-line on video record) that alter the result of a game. Applying the “goal-line technology” in this year World Cup is a stupid and redundant idea. Video records is the best evidence, to approve penalty, to approve goal, to decide on a foul that warrant a red card.
    Not forget to mention the delay of game– the act of players deliberately stalls the game, usually with the intention of using the delay to its advantage. It can be really painful to watch.. players taking time for a goal-kick or corner-kick, making player substitution (walking out of the pitch slowly to kill time), even pretending to be injured at the last minutes of the game.. it’s just painful to watch. In contrast, the NBA has the 24-seconds violation etc..

    I hope the FIFA can consult the NBA, on how to make it a fairer and a better game, for the footballers (who wait for 4 years for the World Cup, and denied the chance of playing a fair game because of some unfair referee decisions), for the football fans.. even the non-football people, football can be the display of ugly side of human behavior.

    Thank you NBA, for the great basketball games :)

    Congratulations to the San Antonio Spurs team!
    It has been a great year watching you play.. seeing the perfect definition of TEAM basketball in Finals 2014.
    This is a display of a masterful symphony, THE BEAUTIFUL GAME, that touches the soul of many basketball fans worldwide.

    Thank you Tim, Tony, Manu, coach Popovich, and every member of the SAS basketball team, for this pure basketball fun :)
    ** please give us one more year of this fun !

    This is the best story in the history of NBA basketball, that will be remembered for a long time.

    “I love this game”

  16. pastor baez vizcaino says:

    para mi esta muy bien merecido el premio del jugador mas valioso a Kawhi Leonard, porque tenia la tarea mas dificil defender a lebron james y con todo y eso aportaba enjh la ofensiba

  17. KEN NG says:

    LBJ is right, in his comment of ” this is the best sport “, before Game 5.

    Basketball is truly ‘the beautiful game’, futball (soccer) is not.

    I watched both basketball and futball a lot, have been doing so in the past 20 years or so. But as I grow older, I appreciate the game of basketball more and more.

    Soccer can sometimes be an ugly game to watch..
    The flopping is ugly to watch.. it is ridiculously common, it’s almost a culture or something to flop every time a player got tackled.. trying to earn a foul/ freekick/ penalty/ giving out yellow or red cards to the opponent.. this can change the end result of the game significantly. I am glad to see players getting punished for flopping in the NBA.
    The scenes of players shouting at the referees.. again you can see this so many times in each and every game.. (In the NBA, this would be a technical foul +/- ejection.
    The one-way referee-ing is just so unfair.. giving or not giving the penalties, the yellow & red cards. Even recognizing a goal (approving the popular ‘hand of god’, disputing goals that has definitely past the goal-line on video record) that alter the result of a game. Applying the “goal-line technology” in this year World Cup is a stupid and redundant idea. Video records is the best evidence, to approve penalty, to approve goal, to decide on a foul that warrant a red card.
    Not forget to mention the delay of game– the act of players deliberately stalls the game, usually with the intention of using the delay to its advantage. It can be really painful to watch.. players taking time for a goal-kick or corner-kick, making player substitution (walking out of the pitch slowly to kill time), even pretending to be injured at the last minutes of the game.. it’s just painful to watch. In contrast, the NBA has the 24-seconds violation etc..

    I hope the FIFA can consult the NBA, on how to make it a fairer and a better game, for the footballers (who wait for 4 years for the World Cup, and denied the chance of playing a fair game because of some unfair referee decisions), for the football fans.. even the non-football people, football can be the display of ugly side of human behavior.

    Lastly, thank you NBA, for the great basketball games :)

  18. Norm says:

    Granted, I was rooting for the Spurs all the way, but this is one of the best-written sports articles I’ve read in quite awhile!

  19. genuine30096 says:

    Still laughing @ the AC excuses by the Heat ‘faithful’. Laughing & rolling my eyes.

  20. Marcin from Poland says:

    Think that the MVP of the Finals should be Manu G,cause he was much better than last year and mostly he did the most big difference for tchem to win the title.Kawhi will have a lot of opportunity in his career to prove that he is a great player,cause he is much younger and should be better every year,Lot of people thought that Manu had his best years behind him and now we could see that even in that age is still room for improvement.So basicaly for me,Manu was the X factor of that finals.

    • IvanFromArgentina says:

      Man that’s right,last year last year playoff’s manu was struggling to score and with the turnovers.But he came back and return to be the real Manu.

  21. TTKIN says:

    To me, this Spurs team reminded me of Dallas in 2011. Both teams beat Miami by having very good depth, and playing complete team ball. Everyone played defense, and they all played for each other.

  22. holkn says:

    Miami fans were yelling “Lets Go Eat!” midway through the 4th quarter.

  23. Skillz says:

    In all fairness it was never a fair finals to begin with.

    – The AC unit broke, and it only had impact on the Heat and it’s clearly THE reason why
    the Heat failed in all the other games in the finals (…)

    – The Heat clearly needs better players, No Not 1, not 2, 3,4 or 5 but probably 6 or more NBA ALL-Stars (so that’s what they meant!) and future HoF’ers. (think about the Heat roster for a second…)

    – Basketball is a team sport and it showed in this finals, Lebron is a great player and the roster has many great players (much love Ray Allen), but in the end the better team won. Congratulations Spurs.

  24. Benching says:

    With Spurs team work it showed that 3 All Stars without a good supporting cast and role players ill suffer defeat. The team play produce All Star caliber players and won a championship. Congratulation Spurs.

  25. rliverett says:

    Kevin Love hope you watched & enjoyed the finals. San Antonio is the perfect place for you to be.

  26. LBJ Parked says:

    This article may be the most well-written basketball blog I’ve ever read. You sir stepped up your game to suit the occasion. My journey of article hopping trying to cram in as much of the moment as I can will end here. Thank you.

    note: there is no sarcasm whatsoever in this, being completely honest

  27. TMac says:

    I just want to come up on here and Congratulate the SA Spurs. They earned that championship hands down. Nothing but the upmost respect for that team.

  28. B says:

    I am awestruck… the first one was great and a relief…, the ones in between were fun and exciting…, but this one was the best.
    in my mind you won last year and this year you proved it, that was the longest 28 seconds redo ever, basketball gods aside LBJ :-)
    Kawhi you own a well-deserved finals MVP and a championship, thank you
    Congrats to all the Spurs ( top to bottom ), you cannot beat teamwork, resolve and persistence !!!
    B.

    • Heat BB Fan says:

      Or a broken A/C unit……….

      • MrHegemony says:

        Yeah, because the A/C unit broke four times to the tune of a -70 point differential. God, Heat fans are probably the biggest whiners in the league.

      • sports fan says:

        After game 5 if the Spurs agreed to give the Heat game 1 then then Spurs still would’ve crushed the Heat at miami in game 6. So quit your whining!

      • GREGORY INGRAM says:

        Hey why dont yall cut it out with AC thing, I could understand if it was a close out game then it would seem suspicious but game one?

        v/r

        Greg

      • genuine30096 says:

        Dude, ALL THE PLAYERS played under the same conditions. Go ahead .. jump off the band wagon; your Heat team got CREAMED. If anything, this win just shows the Heat championship last year was given to ‘em. The Spurs just chose not to be so charitable this time around. Go head … cry a river.

  29. cchung90 says:

    I love all the metaphors, spurting out like water out of a broken fire hydrant!

  30. DallasM says:

    I am a Mavs fan,and I can proudly say that Dallas was the second best team in this playoffs,only they were able to force a game 7 vs Spurs :)

    • Marvin says:

      No doubt. I was sweating bullets during that series because I had picked the Spurs to win it all before the playoffs got started. That was a heck of a series.

  31. where's LBJKIN6JAMES? says:

    where’s LBJKIN6JAMES, lbj, kingjames now? before hey are so arrogant posting here in hangtime keep talking S4!7 telling everybody to join there heat, where are you now?

    • Heat BB Fan says:

      At the end of the day…. Spurs called last year’s game 6 win “a lucky shot” and why the Heat won.

      What do we call the Spurs A/C issue in Game 1, the fact that they had cooling fans and misters in their locker room at halftime, and gave the Heat nothing at all, they were left in a sweat box. What do you call it?? CHEATING, GIVING THEMSELVES AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE OVER THE HEAT. There are rumors that the faulty A/C was intentional, who really knows… but how were they so prepared in their locker room??? Shame on Pop for going about it this way, lost all respect!!

      Love my Heat, proud of the FOUR Conference Titles, and back to back’s…. Spurs can’t claim that!!

      • Mike Miller says:

        The spurs crushed the heat in their arena. No other team except the heat can say they got spanked 3 games in a row …and beat by 70 pts in the series.

      • where's LBJKIN6JAMES part2 says:

        Oh. So when the A/C broke down on Game1. Only LBJ was having issue. All the other players have great A/C. your funny guy.

        I also miss the arrogant LBJ transfer to Miami team. Swap HOF “someone” for a championship ring. Where’s your ring now. hehehe. Maybe you need another player since you can’t compete well.

        Spurs Hat’s off!!! Well deserve win. 70 points differential in the finals.

      • sports fan says:

        After game 5 if the Spurs agreed to give the Heat game 1 then the Spurs still would’ve crushed the Heat at Miami in game 6. So quit your whining!

      • GREGORY INGRAM says:

        dude what do you call the blowouts!!!! in Miami AC wouldnt have made a difference in the outcome Miami had a butt kicking coming rain sleet or snow, in the desert, or in a walk in freezer!!!!!!!!

        v/r

        Greg

      • GREGORY INGRAM says:

        Yeah but we can claim 5 NBA Championships MIami cant claim that!!!!!

        v/r

        Greg

      • DAVE says:

        If the Spurs played in the WEAK east then they would have made the conference finals 10 years in a row

  32. SM says:

    Cong rat to Spurs well deserve win.
    But keep in mind, if Spurs and Heat swap their coaches and pop was the Miami coach, The Heat could win the series.
    Eric Spo is such bad coach with his bad line-ups he helped Miami in loosing the series. He calls Bosh the most important player of his team. With all the respect to Bosh, If LBJ was not playing for Mimai in the play-off, Heat was out during the first or second rounds of the east conference play-off.
    Again well deserve win for Spurs. They played amazing and I hope Heat GM wakes up and prepare a better roster around Labron with a new coach.

    • billy bob says:

      no way that pop would want to coach those Miami Ego’s
      Congrats Spurs. What a TEAM, What a display of how the game should be played. What a joy to watch players and coaches getting along.

  33. Armaan says:

    Geez, this guy’s metaphors are killing me.

  34. Dee says:

    where’s the ppl that was posting “miami on 5″ just a week ago? they got served, BIG TIME

  35. arian says:

    The Heat will not be as dominant as in the past because the Spurs showed the entire basketball world how to perfectly exploit the Heat’s weaknesses and use them to their advantage. Now every team’s strategy against Miami will be to copy the Spurs, and although no team will be as successful, it will certainly lessen the Heat’s strength.

  36. gieorg says:

    I do not think it is about redemtpion. SPurs should have won last year as well. The are a TEAM. Their game is holistic unlike the Heat. LBJ is undoutedly the best player in the league but he compromised his wish to get rings with his salary and with being with teammates he does not deserve. Same thing with Ray-Ray.

    Tim Duncan is superb in every aspect not only as a B-ball player but for his ethos and moral. Dirk is like that as well. Loyal, anything but pompous or selfish but setting an example in every way.

  37. Kobe Bryant says:

    You can never beat excellent teamwork. Le Bron my bro, share the ball.

  38. typpercat says:

    Great team, great win, great champions, Go Spurs Go!

  39. spguide says:

    I hope this Spurs way to play basketball and the way they run things leave a legacy for all other teams. As for the Heat, i don’t think Bosh should stay in Miami , he does a lot of good hard work and is not recognized, my guess is that if he played in a team that don’t focus 90% of their plays on two players ( Lebron and Wade ) he would be appreciated ad many other teams would be a contender with Chris Bosh on the roaster

  40. EL .BJ? says:

    Sorry Lebron but you need to join the spurs if you want a ring we will trade hall of fame point guard… Wait. NO! Where you at LBJ!? Ha ha ha!!! Omg lol.

  41. Bruno dc says:

    Congrats to the SPURS , TD , TP , Manu and coach Pops and the all SPURS organisation , what a beauty of basketball , this spurs will be a team to remember for years to come, we all know the HEAT tried hard, but the SPURS here just to good of a basketball team, just a little reminder best PF of all time got a name TIM DUNCAN , no Barkley or even kevin M, for the record Michael Jordan 6 finals 6 rings , Tim Duncan 6 finals 5 rings , Lebron 5 finals 2 rings, lol Michael never lost a final, please people need to stop compare MJ to LJ , it is disrespecting the GOAT MJ, congrats to NBA champs the San Antonio SPURS 2014

  42. Jonez says:

    Well it looks like it’s back to the recruiting drawing board for the Heat – only way these chumps stand a chance of being able to win. And the legacy dreams are over too. Ha!

  43. Hunter says:

    Last year I thought that was it, no more Spurs. Father time was gonna get them this year and they would be too old to do it again. Wow.. They proved me wrong, I even thought the Heat would beat them in six just by talent and athletics and a deep roster. Boy I was wrong and Im glad I was wrong. These Spurs are inspirational.

  44. G R Srinivasan says:

    Thank you Tim & Co for showing the world how basketball should be played – pure, clean and unselfish.
    Miami lost the moral right to win after Mario Chalmer’s flagrant foul on Tony Parker.

  45. Rob says:

    LeBron is a fantastic player. One of the bests…but he will not sit at the table with the greatest because he cannot make the others great like magic, larry, and of course the greatest MJ. They knew they could not do it alone…LeBron’s body language is not of a great one it is of a child upset that things dont go his way. He still has time but it is running out.

  46. lebron james says:

    Lebron James will always be my crampions ;)

    • epiloni says:

      Manu, Tony, Tim… Having a sweet revenge on the finals will not give you 3 lost rings. If you wanna lose more rings than you´ve won, join the Flopping-Cramping-King in Miami, we will trade future HoF Norris Cole and R Lewis. Long live the flopping King LBJ.

  47. r13 says:

    KK
    You are a clown.
    Luc Longley is not Indigenous Australian.
    Patty Mills is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.

  48. ROMULO CATOR says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! YOU DESERVE TO WIN.

  49. jallahabibi666 says:

    Spurs showed USA how basket ball is supposed to be played. A thing of beauty watching that team share the ball & move with out the ball.
    Coach Pop is the GOAT

  50. ism says:

    This was a serious beating, I feel sorry for all the basketball fans who had hoped for a more exciting series, me included.
    I also feel sorry for LeBron, any speculations about his part in this failure should range dead last on the list of Miami’s to-fix-list. LeBron was the best player in this series, but it wasn’t enough by a long shot. Congrats from Europe to the Spurs, they really deserved this one and cemented a legacy. And I wouldn’t be surprised to see them up top in 2014/15, again, Timmy or no Timmy.

    The Spurs really showed tremendous poise, and this wasn’t as much about spacing or ball movement as it was about swagger: just look at the shots they took and made. Had they not gone, they would’ve been called desperation heaves, but in this series, all the Spurs did was taking confidence shots. Crazy shots, sometimes, but making them at a high clip. This team was too hot to handle!

    • da says:

      If you ever love basketball, you obviously love the Spurs, they got GAME

    • cartola says:

      This blowout didn’t bother me. Since the finals ended in 2013 I was saying “If you’re a basketball fan, and appreciate watching the highest level of talent/skill/competition, you want this rematch.”
      Despite the blowouts, it was everything a true NBA fan could ask for.

      That being said, go Lakers.

  51. Fredho says:

    What Tim Duncan said was ““Great coaching persistence, drive and a love for the game,” instead of “great coaches and persistence”, makes more sense, referring to Pop :).

  52. samMAN says:

    Good win Spurs. Thanks. You have made the game better. Force the heat to compete. Hope the big three is broken for good and the league see some normalcy

  53. TEG says:

    congratulations to the Spurs. definitely was a redemption, not only vs the Heat but how the Spurs got to the Finals by beating the Thunder (who they lost to in 2012 WCF)

  54. owangeqwerty says:

    Well, the Spurs’ BIG 3 + MVP reminds me of the 3 Musketeers and D’Artagnan (Leonard is a superstar in the making but he played like one) also the whole team played the series as “All for one, One for all”. Congratulation Spurs Team! Go Spurs Go!!!

  55. NameNo says:

    It’s time for LBJ and Melo to Join Kobe in LA. They will be great back-ups to the black Mamba.

  56. Comparison says:

    Why don’t you write an actual article talking about the game instead of making every other sentence a comparison to something that makes no sense to compare it to. It’s very annoying and really tells us nothing.

  57. Set Giron says:

    Congrats Spurs!

  58. Henrik Jensen says:

    Great job Spurs, i am not a spurs fan, but i think its nice that a team came together this year to beat Lebron, Wade, Bosh, because the NBA will become better from this, more teams will become more competitive, and NeXT year it could be between 5-6 teams to win the title, not 2 like this year..

  59. David says:

    Heat wanted 3 peat but Spurs gave them defeat

  60. Terence says:

    Basketball is a team sport of balance and diversity rather than fulfilling individual statistics and creating solo performance, Thank you Spurs for reminding us in convincing fashion.

  61. KK says:

    “Patty Mills from halfway around the world, the first Indigenous Australian….”
    Really? Luc Longley of Chicago Bulls – are you discounting him because he went to University of New Mexico?

    • MeMeMe says:

      Indigenous is the key word in that phrase, and Luc Longley is not an indigenous Australian.

  62. Marco29 says:

    Great win; Spurs showed they are the better team. LBJ got too litlle help to win it on his own. Besides Spo’s move of instering Allen in the Starting 5 was a bad one as the bench got outscored even more when it counted (before Beasley and some others scored in garbage time).
    In the first quarter Miami came out win great intensity and it looked like they were getting all the help they could need from referees (phantom call to Parker on Allen and to Manu on LBJ, no call on LBJ, Miami ball while Allen got the ball out of bounds) but Spurs let the storm go by and regrouped to cut Miami’s lead and then took over with their D and great ball movement.

    Now, lets hope, none of the Big 3 members and Pop leave so they can make their own push for a back to back they have never done in the past. The Spurs team over the past 2 years may be the best team they had (even compared to the Amiral-era) and they could come back even stronger next year.

    Congrats to the Spurs and thx for offering us a bright summer.
    Now it is time for us European Spurs fans to get some rest….

  63. krip bishop says:

    deader

  64. saeed says:

    Now I see that last year it was LeBron vs San Antonio as it was in 2007. Now I see that he is one of the greatest of all time. And now I see that he will be the greatest of all time. To redeem himself, he has to go back to Cleveland. He should have stayed there. He came here to deload himself but was doubly loaded defensively and offensively. Post-2011 Wade was just a guy who should be payed 10 Million dollars. Bosh can be the 6th man of the year if he leaves Miami. James have loaded his legs 4 more years and got a loss (2011 was really on James but since then it was all James).
    Just should go back to Cavs and focus on Championships with the Cavs. Championships with the Cavs is what he needs to make his already unique legacy more unique.
    Go back to Cleveland James, you will be better there, have my words. I guarantee.

  65. Patrick says:

    I have been watching the Spurs religiously since 1997 and it has been one hell of a ride…GO SPURS GO!!

  66. nzsteve says:

    Im so happy, its great for the sport seeing a team win..
    It was hard to watch last year, doesnt feel bad any more.

    Viva

  67. Ming says:

    Thank spurs for watching great game.

  68. #30 says:

    Spurs=Superb

  69. Marvin says:

    At last, someone who understands that this season for the Spurs was not about revenge. It was about redemption and the boys redeemed themselves to themselves, to the world, but most of all to all of us die-hard Spurs fans who have believed in them from the start.

    Way to go, guys.