I’ve been waiting on this for a few years, and it finally happened in the least likely of places. Last night’s Game 6 of the NBA Finals got me excited about NBA basketball again.
I will always love the game of basketball, but the NBA for the past few years has been what it has to feel like to be a fan of strip clubs that are open during daylight, hard to watch but hoping for the best. Let me be clear, I am not a fan of the Miami Heat and I am not a fan of the San Antonio Spurs, and I have watched this whole series from a totally impartial point of view. Anyone who follows me on Facebook or Twitter knows that I post and live tweet during games. Last night, I couldn’t take my eyes off of the TV.
From the opening tip off, Game 6 was fast and aggressive, and I’ll be damned if the refs actually let both teams play physical basketball. If for any reason you complained about the officiating in last night’s game, stop what you’re doing right now and go watch playoff basketball from the 80’s on YouTube. THAT’S HOW PLAYOFF BASKETBALL IS SUPPOSED TO BE PLAYED!
Last night both teams played like they weren’t playing for money or fame, they were playing for an NBA championship ring. A few exceptions for LeBron James whining, but we’re getting used to that. He whines more than my wife does when a season of True Blood ends(you guys didn’t actually think I would write this without giving LeBron some shit did you?).
The game was back and forth and beautiful to watch, but the final minute of regulation was the cherry on top of the cake. If you don’t understand why free throws are important, ask Kawhi Leonard, who has played phenomenally in the playoffs and the Finals up to the point when he took the foul line. Had he hit both free throws with seconds remaining San Antonio would have been hitting bongs and getting hammered on champagne in their locker room. Leonard only hit one and today he has to feel like Britney Spears did when she woke up in Vegas years ago married to not from Seinfeld, Jason Alexander.
This set the stage for LeBron to hit a 3 pointer to send it to overtime, right? No. I’m pretty sure that I will always remember Ray Allen’s 3 pointer to send last night’s game into overtime because honestly, it simply has to be in the top 5 clutch shots of all time.
I knew Miami would win in overtime, I just knew it. They were down three at the beginning of OT but then got the lead and held on thanks to a Chris Bosh block on a Danny Green 3 point attempt.
I’m not going to lie, I was tired and had to get up early, but I wanted another overtime. The game was that good.
So, here I am getting ready to do something I thought I would never in my lifetime do, and thank the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs for such a great game. Ugh, that hurt a little, but it had to be said. I’m tired and a little hungover while at work, but it is totally worth it. I still have hope for the NBA and I still love this game.
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