I don’t think a lot of words from me are necessary. When the Miami Heat raced out to a 22-6 lead with a bit more than five minutes left in the opening quarter, the game situation had a flavor that seemed so very different, and almost foreign when compared to the taste of the previous two games when the San Antonio Spurs had dominated from the jump.
But it would all change. With a bit more than five minutes left in the third period, which was actually two full quarters from that moment in the 1st stanza, the Spurs had demolished the Heat to the tune of 59-22 over that span. The game and the series was all but over.
Yes, by the time the final buzzer sounded, words weren’t necessary. The faces of the victors were filled with joy. And for the Heat, their summer vacations began far earlier than expected. But some folks did have some things to say.
Adam Silver – NBA Commissioner
You showed the world how beautiful this game is.
Tim Duncan – San Antonio Spurs
We remembered what happened last year and how it felt in that locker room and we used it and built on it and got back here
It is sweeter than any other. Whether it be because of the time frame, because I’m coming towards the end of my career, because I can have these two (his children) here and really remember it and enjoy the experience, all of those things make it that much more special.
LeBron James – Miami Heat
That’s how team basketball should be played. It’s selfless. Guys move, cut, pass. You get a shot, you take it, but it’s all for the team and it’s never about the individual. That’s (their) brand of basketball, and that’s how team basketball should be played.
Manu Ginobili – San Antonio Spurs
Wow. This is sweet. It was really fun to play like this.
Erik Spoelstra – Miami Heat Coach
You have to absolutely tip your hat to that team. They played exquisite basketball. This series, and in particular, these last three games, they were the better team. There’s no other way to say it. They played great basketball, and we couldn’t respond to it.
Chris Bosh – Miami Heat
We Got smashed. They exposed us. They picked us apart.They played awesome. They played the best basketball I’ve ever seen.
‘The best basketball’ he’s ever seen. Today, and until some other team puts on a better clinic on how to play hoops, we will have to agree with Bosh. So the credit must go to Gregg Popovich, the Spurs coach, and his great group of players who bought into the coach’s philosophies, and executed the game plan to perfection. It doesn’t get any better than this.
It has been an exciting last few weeks, hasn’t it? We’ve watched The NHL Stanley Cup Finals, the NBA Finals, The Belmont Stakes and the race for a Triple Crown, The Indy 500, the French Open in tennis, the US Open in golf, and still to be decided are The World Cup, and the Tour de France. Woo-hoo!