Manu Ginobili Helps Miami Heat Win 2013 NBA Championship
Did you watch game seven of the 2013 NBA Finals? If you did, you saw one of the most bizarre finishes you will ever witness.
With under a minute to go, Tim Duncan missed a short layup that would’ve tied the game at 90 points apiece. After Lebron James hit a jumper to put the Heat up by four points, San Antonio called timeout.
So what happened out of the timeout? Manu Ginobili received the inbound pass and drove baseline, then he left his feet and tossed an ill-advised pass that was easily picked off by Lebron James. It was a strange decision.
So what happens next? It gets much, much worse.
After Lebron makes both free throws to give Miami a six point advantage, Ginobili receives the ball with 25 seconds to go. They had plenty of time to get into an offensive set, but Ginobili inexplicably launched a three ball from well beyond the arc. Predictably, it wasn’t even close.
San Antonio blew a five point lead in the final 25 seconds of game six, so you’d think they’d play through until the end. However, after Miami missed a free throw, the Spurs failed to box out and they gave up an offensive board. As if that wasn’t pathetic enough, the Spurs elected not to foul. Really San Antonio?!? Really? You’re just going to suck out? Brutal.
In less than forty seconds, Manu Ginobili made two crazy decisions that crippled the Spurs chances to win the game.
On the plus side, Lebron James truly showed up in game seven of these 2013 NBA Finals. Lebron finished with 37 points, 12 rebounds, and four assists. Bron-Bron also made five three pointers, and he shot better than 50 percent from the field.
The strong effort from “King” James was necessary because Chris Bosh was non-existent. In fact, Chris Bosh had more fouls than points. He finished with no points in 28 minutes of action. Isn’t it a crime that Chris Bosh makes the same amount of money as Lebron James?
The third member of “The Big 3” did show up for game seven. Dwyane Wade chipped in with 23 points and 10 rebounds in 39 minutes. While Lebron and Wade with both great, Shane Battier truly stole the show. Battier has been ice cold throughout the 2013 NBA Playoffs, but he stepped up with six three pointers in game seven.
This was a legacy game for the Heat, and they found a way to win. I definitely feel as though the Spurs collapsed in the late moments of both game six and game seven, but I have to congratulate the Miami Heat. If that sounds like a backhanded compliment it’s because rooting for Miami is like rooting for Floyd Mayweather Jr.