Ballin: There were certainly some great lines last night — for instance, LeBron’s 32-10-11 triple-double and Tim Duncan’s 30-17 throwback performance — but let’s just all admit that the entirety of last night’s fourth quarter and overtime was the best thing of the night.

Not so much: I hate to nitpick during the Game of the Year, but there were some people who really dropped the ball last night. Those people? Anyone who left American Airlines Arena early because they thought there was no way the Heat could close a five-point lead in 28 seconds.

Speaking of: About those last 28 seconds…

There are certain times when trying to analyze a portion of a game is totally pointless because what happens can’t really be explained and just, well, happened. One of those times is when Chris Bosh grabs the biggest rebound of the season and then hits Ray Allen for a game-tying, season-saving three-pointer after Ray has sprinted backwards to the corner and set his feet for maybe a millisecond. Kind of unexplainable.

Not so much, again: Like I said before, I hate to nitpick after a game like this, but it must be mentioned that Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard each missed a free throw in the final 30 seconds of regulation. Kind of a major plot point.

Bonkers: Remember a few sentences ago when we were talking about how some things just aren’t explainable? Well, another one of those times is when Tony Parker does stuff like this.

You know how it’s usually better to play Tony Parker for the drive and to give up jumpers? Nope. And you know how you’re supposed to stay in front of him, stay down on his fakes and cut off his lane to the basket, which will theoretically leave him having to make some impossible move like, I don’t know, reverse pivoting in the lane with a guy on him and hitting a Captain Insano flip shot with a guy right next to his face? Also nope.

Important question: Perhaps the most pressing concern about Game 6 and it’s resultant Game 7 is that LeBron James played some incredible basketball in the fourth quarter of last night’s game, coinciding perfectly with the loss of his treasured headband. After somehow losing the terry cloth — I think the net took it? — LeBron put up 12 points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and four turnovers. So it begs the question — will he wear a headband in Game 7? My prediction is yes, but I really hope the answer is no.

Like a Bosh: Any time Chris Bosh gets criticized, he should just pull up this clips package up on his phone.

Here are the two weirdest things about Chris Bosh’s highlight festival: 1) For a good chunk of these, he’s the biggest guy on the court and totally playing like it; 2) He doesn’t celebrate like a mad man after any one of these plays. Both of those things are, at times, pretty unfathomable.

Highlight play rundown: Kawhi Leonard slapping Mike Miller in the face and then dunking on him. Tim Duncan throwing up 25 in the first half. LeBron getting another crazy block. Tim Duncan throwing down a moderately ferocious dunk. Mike Miller swishing a three while wearing just one shoe. Danny Green somehow getting another one of those super quick hands blocks on LeBron in overtime. That seems like a pretty complete listing, but there were so many that I might be forgetting something.

Quick controversial call rundown: Should Manu Ginobili’s killer turnover really have been a foul on Ray Allen? Maybe, but it kind of seems like Ray Allen got the ball loose before hitting Manu’s arm. Tough, tough call. Also tough — was Chris Bosh’s game-ending block on Danny Green really a foul on the body? In the second quarter of a game in March, probably. In the final seconds of Game 6 of the NBA Finals, no chance that call gets made.

Other things: LeBron took a nasty shot to the throat last night … Not the most encouraging quote from Manu Ginobili, who had as many fouls and turnovers (12) as points and rebounds … Any time a player tells a ref that something is a flop, it’s funny … Look how high Norris Cole jumped on that Ray Allen three … Future-Emmy-winning foot GIF via CJ Fogler

Comments (31)

  1. A foul is a foul..Lebron pushed off Green going for the lineup, Ray Allen mugged ginobili and Bosh clearly fouled Green..Whether it was March or the finals, Boshs contact clearly prevented Green from getting his shot off..Thats a Foul

    • 1. Impossible call to make in real time
      2. Manu clearly traveled on the play. Look at a replay: last dribble is outside the 3 pt arc, and he take three HUGE steps before any contact. I know they travel all the time, but this was a really obvious one.

      Not saying it wasn’t a foul (even though I don;t think it was), but it was not a clear cut play.

      • ginobli was fouled on his first step and on his second. it looks like a travel because there was no whistle and he he hadnt attempted a shot.

    • Sorry, no edit function.

      I think what really kept D Green from getting his shot off was Bosh’s entire hand on the ball.

    • Up until the Ginobili drive, San Antonio had far the better of the calls in that game.

      They never call ticky-tack fouls in the final seconds, that’s consistent. Ginobili was hunting for a bailout foul, too (remember they didn’t call that foul on Wade by Green when he just sort of threw it over his shoulder rather than taking a real shot).

      They didn’t call the one where James lost his headband. They DID call Tony Parker’s blatant flop to draw an offensive foul call when the Heat were rolling in the middle of the 4th… anyone trying to make a “Spurs screwed by the refs” case in this game is a lunatic.

      • I would argue that even with those no calls at the end San Antonio had the better of the foul game. The Heat couldn’t buy a foul under the hoop. Others have pointed out specific instances but the one that irks me most is how Danny Green’s play with LeBron was a no call yet Leonards play with Allen was? Leonard ran into Allen while Green was obstructing LeBron’s path. If anything, the LeBron play should have been called. In the end. Spurs fans have nothing to complain about. The refs didn’t make those FTs miss and sure didn’t make those threes for Allen and James.

  2. How about the Kwahi discard of Ray Ray, or the the phantom call on Lebron vs Tony in the post just because he’s twice his size. You can try to blame this on the refs, but 2 missed free throws are why the Spurs lost. THOSE were within their control.

    I’m a Mavs fan so no dog in this fight, but last night was GOOD for basketball. Let em play, let amazing plays decide the game.

    • well said! too often the refs are used as scapegoats for poor play or mess-ups in clutch time. sure, the refs err — they’re human. but the FTs were crucial.

  3. regardless of the potential fouls, the spurs were really one free throw or defensive rebound from popping champagne. gotta make free throws. also, i get why pop took out duncan on ray allens miracle three, but i feel like you should leave duncan in the game in that situation on bosh and then if they hit the three, they hit it, but at least you’ve got some big out there to grab the board if they miss (although i might be confusing the plays). really feels like the spurs blew their chance at the title. also, game 7 is going to be super sloppy im guessing.

  4. Is Mike Miller wearing 3 pairs of socks?

  5. What a depressing ending, I’m devastated too, Manu. I always thought the spurs will win it, yesterday they should’ve. Now I cant really see how they can come back. Some hope is left that manu brings it again for one last game or that the pattern of win-loss-win etc. continuous, at least something to hang on.
    Regarding last nights officiating. I have to watch some low quality streams so I really cant see something but most of the time I had the feeling miami doesnt geht any calls at all and on top of that some silly fouls against them.
    And everybody knows referees are holding their breath in the last seconds so I think its a bad move to run into people to get a shot off in that situation.

  6. It’s asinine to argue that the Heat were aided by the officials last night. Anyone arguing that must have fallen asleep in the 3rd Q when the Heat were get banged around inside without any calls. Not that I’m complaining, I’m a Raptors fan with no rooting interest, but the no-calls went both ways last night without any question.

  7. also, im a pistons fan, but if i were a fan of the spurs i wouldnt get out of bed today and just sit in the dark. that was a brutal gut punch even for a guy with no investment in either team.

  8. The thing with Manu’s killer turnover is that I believe he travelled, so I’m good with the no-call.

  9. Also does anyone think that a career of flopping from Manu gives the ref all the hesitation he needs, on an already likely no call.

  10. can we get some criticism of pop on the show today? That was ridiculous that he sat duncan for those last two plays of regulation, which resulted in offensive rebounds and open 3s. Terrible coaching decision. We are celebrating a spurs win if he leaves timmy in. Now, its the heats to lose.

  11. Sometimes the internet blows.

    After THAT game, with THOSE plays, all the comments thus far (including two by me) are about the refs.

    In Tasese, Gross.

  12. Game seven wont live up to the hype unfortunately.

    • You already know that?!? Uau! I just really, really want to see it! GAME 7 BABY!!!! YEAH!!!!! Last night was great. Just great basketball.

    • So far we’ve had 2 games go down to the last shot (or pretty much) and 4 games that got out of hand before the 4th. I just want game 7 to fall somewhere in the middle.

      I don’t need buzzer beaters, but a tie sometime in the 4th would be nice.

  13. What if Lebron’s headband has kryptonite in it and is the one thing that keeps him mortal. Without that headband he will destroy us all.

  14. If you watch it Timmy takes down the headband. So it must be Tim Duncan’s fault they lost because he let loose the receding hairline powers of Lebron. Reverse Sampson?

  15. I just find it sad that the Pop took Duncan out twice on defense in the last 30 seconds and both times the Heat missed a 3 and got their own offensive rebound and kicked it out for second chance 3 pointers. If Duncan is left in the game and grabs just one of the those boards the Spurs win the game. He had 17 rebounds last night and wasn’t on the floor for either of the 2 biggest rebounds of the game.

  16. The last two minutes of this game had more “involuntarily jumping out of my seat” moments than any in recent memory.

  17. Mike Miller is the best one-shoed player in the league:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMr3jGS51gE

  18. The Heat fans once again proved they’re the worst in the league when Ray Allen crashed to the floor by the stands and the fans just sat their bumping him in the head with their shins while recording it on a cellphone. Bunch of idiots in Miami…

    • I have to admit when I saw that clip on ESPN of the Heat fans who left early trying (and failing) to get back in, I was a little happy.

  19. Pretty sure trey got the manu turnovers post off my reddit post – feels good

  20. RAY ALLEN: Take THAT SLAM magazine!!

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