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Wheels came off for Spurs' Parker

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07:12 AM ET 06.21 | Seconds away from winning a title in Game 6, it all came crashing down for the Spurs in Game 7. Arguably the finest season of Tony Parker's career ended in horrific fashion, with a 3-for-12 performance following his 6-for-23 in Game 6. Parker made no excuses, and defended [Gregg Popovich's] decision to sit him for an extra shooter on the key late possession after the Spurs fell behind by four points. "I have no excuse," Parker said. "I'm not going to put it on my hammy and stuff like that. I just didn't play well." ... Danny Green, whose blistering shooting made him a Finals MVP candidate through five games, was even worse, missing 11 of 12 shots overall and 1 for 6 from 3-point range. Manu Ginobili had a solid overall game (18 points, five assists) but withered badly.

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June 21, 2013  07:58 AM ET

Im sure it had nothing to do with the LOCKDOWN defense Lebron instituted on him after the first few games.....

June 21, 2013  08:23 AM ET

Great hard nosed game, real close all the way to the end...!!

Congrats to Heat Fans -LBJ & Wade came through big time.....

Condolences to Spurs Fans - You had the opportunity in game 6 and even game 7 to win it... Keep your heads up and I don't think haters will call them the most boring team anymore...

June 21, 2013  08:26 AM ET
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Great hard nosed game, real close all the way to the end...!!Congrats to Heat Fans -LBJ & Wade came through big time.....Condolences to Spurs Fans - You had the opportunity in game 6 and even game 7 to win it... Keep your heads up and I don't think haters will call them the most boring team anymore...

They'll still call them boring! Manu.....Ginobili......needs.....to.....RETIRE!

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June 21, 2013  08:36 AM ET
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They'll still call them boring! Manu.....Ginobili......needs.....to.....RETIRE!

LOL - Probably - Regarding Manu... I think he can still play (maybe less minutes) but somehow Pop has to get the guy to limit his helter skelter style which at times is brilliant but is also an abomination. His turnovers like letting point blank passes slip his fingers and throwing others away were the big differences in both games 6 & 7 - Not to take away the great play by the Heat but to me those were the momentum killers for the Spurs....

June 21, 2013  08:36 AM ET
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I truly believe SA gave the heat game 6 by chokingBut Miami won game 7Like him or not.....LBJ is the best player in then world and back to back rings, MVPs and finals mvps has cemented his legacy

^ This

June 21, 2013  08:39 AM ET

Congrats Heat fans. Lebron was clutch and played agressive from the start. Wade was also agressive and kept the pressure on te Spurs. One of the biggest difference for the Heat is the clutch 3 point shooting of Battier. The Spurs gave the up too many uncontested 3 point attempts. I wonder if Manu will get a ring in his mailbox for being the Heat's 6th man?

June 21, 2013  08:41 AM ET
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I wonder if Manu will get a ring in his mailbox for being the Heat's 6th man?

Ouch....


SD must have already taken down the Manu poster he had on the ceiling facing down in his bedroom....

June 21, 2013  08:45 AM ET
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Congrats heat fans it was a great series...

It was a great series and when Miami FINALLY defended Green and hounded Parker, they won.

Much credit to the Spurs organization, they were a MAJOR class act after the game...vs watching crybabies run off the court angry...

That team was not going to die last night...everytime Miami hit a few shots and looked to pull away, they came right back at them.

It was a great series and as a Heat fan I am happy that this team is delivering on those dreaded words... "not 1, not 2"...

June 21, 2013  08:46 AM ET
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Congrats Heat fans. Lebron was clutch and played agressive from the start. Wade was also agressive and kept the pressure on te Spurs. One of the biggest difference for the Heat is the clutch 3 point shooting of Battier. The Spurs gave the up too many uncontested 3 point attempts. I wonder if Manu will get a ring in his mailbox for being the Heat's 6th man?

They gave up the shot because they decided to clog the lane and take their chances with Miami jump shots.

Wade, Lebron and Battier all had it going...

Amazing defense by Bosh as well. Crazy that he did not score a single point and they still won.

June 21, 2013  08:50 AM ET
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LOL - Probably - Regarding Manu... I think he can still play (maybe less minutes) but somehow Pop has to get the guy to limit his helter skelter style which at times is brilliant but is also an abomination. His turnovers like letting point blank passes slip his fingers and throwing others away were the big differences in both games 6 & 7 - Not to take away the great play by the Heat but to me those were the momentum killers for the Spurs....

It will not be easier for them going forward because odds are Westbrook wont tear his ACL and the Thunder will be there in the end.

As great as the Spurs are, they showed last night how hard it is to get to the NBA Finals, let alone win them. It has been 6 years since they were there last.

Will be interesting to watch next season to see if Lebron can 3peat and make it 4 consecutive Finals trips.

June 21, 2013  08:50 AM ET
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It was a great series and when Miami FINALLY defended Green and hounded Parker, they won.Much credit to the Spurs organization, they were a MAJOR class act after the game...vs watching crybabies run off the court angry...That team was not going to die last night...everytime Miami hit a few shots and looked to pull away, they came right back at them.It was a great series and as a Heat fan I am happy that this team is delivering on those dreaded words... "not 1, not 2"...

Congrats Jeff! It was great series and Lebron came through. Ray Allen worked out well for the Heat even though he didn't play much last night. Battier finally showed up when it counted the most.

June 21, 2013  08:52 AM ET
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They gave up the shot because they decided to clog the lane and take their chances with Miami jump shots.Wade, Lebron and Battier all had it going...Amazing defense by Bosh as well. Crazy that he did not score a single point and they still won.

Bosh did his job on defense. They didn't need his points because Wade, Lebron, and Battier were hitting their shots.

June 21, 2013  08:54 AM ET

It took them that 1st season to learn to play together and add the right pieces for that 1st title run...then, rather than stand pat, they snag Allen and took a risk on Birdman and both paid off huge in this run.

Will be interesting to see who they add next season?

My bet is Birdman comes back and they add another big....maybe Oden?

June 21, 2013  08:54 AM ET

Congrats to the Heat, the Spurs screwed themselves over and they paid the price.

June 21, 2013  08:57 AM ET

Tim Duncan is one of ,y top five favorite players and has been since he came into the league. Although I was rooting for the Heat, I feel terrible that he is going to lament over that missed shot and tip in over Shane Battier for years to come..

June 21, 2013  08:58 AM ET
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I wonder if Manu will get a ring in his mailbox for being the Heat's 6th man?

Manu played better than Tony Parker did last night.

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June 21, 2013  09:00 AM ET
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Tim Duncan is one of ,y top five favorite players and has been since he came into the league. Although I was rooting for the Heat, I feel terrible that he is going to lament over that missed shot and tip in over Shane Battier for years to come..

Yeah man - You could see in Duncan's reaction and body language afterwards that he was angry at himself for rushing the attempted shot and put back....

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