Michael Rehome of Air Alamo and I had an email exchange about Game 1, Willy Wonka, and all of our feelings. Here’s how it went down.
For me the wait for the NBA Finals seemed to have taken a decade to get here. A long nine day break for the San Antonio Spurs for many was looking to be a good thing and yet a bad thing at the same time. Good because with their old legs, and being beaten up in a physical series with the Grizzles, it surely was something Spurs and their fans were looking and wanting. On the other end it would come as a bad thing with game rust. When the first possession of the game happened, San Antonio turned the ball over and right from that point I felt it was going to be one of those games. We then went on a 9-0 run after Wade slammed home the first two points of the game. How did you feel when San Antonio started with a turnover but then quickly went on that 9-0 run?
I don’t know why the Miami Heat can’t win Game 1 and Game 2. Somehow, the Heat are allergic to defending home court — I mean, the last time the Heat won both Game 1 and Game 2 was against the Milwaukee Bucks, a team that had a losing regular season record. Can’t we just skip ahead to Game 3, so we don’t have to deal with all the anticipation and (in my case, disappointment; in your’s, jubilee) that this might be the series where the Heat actually defend home court and get off to a 2-0 series lead (spoiler alert, this is not the series where that happens). I mean, has there ever been a defending NBA champion that’s even made it to the Finals again (let alone won it again) with such an abysmal record in the first two games of a playoff series? (Please, I don’t even want to know the answer to that question unless it was Michael Jordan’s 1996-1997 Bulls, which it’s not, because I just looked it up.)
As to that 9-0 run, I’ve seen the Heat start playoff games incredibly hot, only to blow their lead in the second or third quarters (or, as it was in last night’s game, the fourth quarter). I’ve seen the Heat come out flat — looking like some 4th grade basketball team from South Beach that just learned what a bounce pass was the day before — only to get back in the game after making some halftime adjustments. I’ve seen everything from this Heat team.
And so while that 9-0 run was followed by screams of “STOP TONY PARKER! PLEASE STAHHHPPPPP HIIMMMMMM!” and vicious eye-rolling, I found myself not really panicking, knowing that the Heat would respond to San Antonio’s run (which they did).
As a Spurs fan, you’re probably feeling like this right now, or at the very least, right after the game ended/when Tony Freakin’ Parker hit that ridiculous miracle bank shot. Do you feel you can close this out in five? Maybe even six?
Meanwhile, these are all of my feelings.
I for one was ecstatic when Parker got that shot off. To see that LeBron was all over him and had his hand on top of the ball and somehow, someway Parker got it off just in time before the shot clock went off.
As for the Spurs possibly winning in five. Well it does seen to be that way with the Finals format of 2-3-2. I still feel it will be six games for San Antonio to win this series.
What is your outlook for Game Two? Do you feel that LeBron will be on Parker for most of Game Two?