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Saturday, June 7, 2014
THE weather in San Antonio and the atmosphere inside the Spurs homecourt may have aided Tim Duncan and company. But Manu Ginobili saw it differently. The heat was not the reason, after all everybody, including the fans felt it.
The Spurs won Game 1 of the National Basketball Association Finals, 110-95 and became the third NBA team in history to take Game 1 for 11 straight games after the Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls.
As the saying goes "coaches lose, players win games." This is not so as Miami has no King inside as James went out with 3:59 left unable to walk with cramps.
Erik Spoelstra can only smirk and boss Pat Riley could only look aghast after Lebron sat on the bench wincing in pain. The Heat was gone for the day.
Coach of the Year Gregg Popovich made the right substitution at the right time putting in Danny Green who went for 11 points on back to back triples, a dunk and another three-point off a screen to douse cold water to the Heat's last stand.
The old trio did it again as Tim, Tony Parker and Ginobili led Green and the other young guns to excite their fans in Texas and giving them hope for another celebration after four games the least.
Game 7 will be in Spurs lair but Popovich would not mind grabbing another championship ring in Miami if Lebron and company fail to extend the series. King James will be dangerous in Game 2 as the two-day rest will surely heal the pain of his leg.
That Game 1 which slipped from their hands will motivate the defending champs to try to get one in San Antonio before the series shifts to Miami for Games 3 and 4, based on NBA's 2-2-1-1-1 format.
The Spurs, however, will try not to repeat its blunder in last year's Final Series and will go for a sweep if allowed by circumstances. San Antonio will not allow themselves to commit the same mistakes which caused them the title.
Whatever they do, both will go all out for a win every time they face each other on the court. The team with fewer injuries, less errors, less turnovers will most likely be crowned 2014 Champion.
Without the King in the last four minutes, Miami lost its heat.
The Spurs would like to see that happen again.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on June 07, 2014.