If you want to know who really won Saturday night, it was San Antonio.
They are going to get one of two teams on Thursday night: Indiana, a nice squad probably a year away, or Miami, which has gone from a legitimate Big Three to LeBron and the Extras in about a minute.
The truth: Because Wade doesn’t have real time to rest his beaten-down body and Bosh heal his beleaguered mind, because the Heat doesn’t have more than a couple of days to prepare for the Spurs provided they take Game 7, Tim Duncan is very likely to win his fifth title in 14 years.
Crazy, no, how many people skewered Gregg Popovich for sending Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Danny Green home early on a Southwest commercial flight earlier this season when TNT was about to showcase the Spurs-Heat on a Thursday night. Popovich has never got along with the league’s schedule-makers, and he was essentially thumbing his nose at a ridiculous grind that was taxing the bodies of his older players. It cost him $250,000, which is going to be chump change if David Stern actually presents the Spurs the trophy in a few weeks.
But then, it could be said Wade and Bosh took Saturday night off. They look like such shells of what they were last season.
It’s still an unbelievably tight series that could go either way. And there is nothing like the Heat when it turns up its defensive intensity and LeBron knows he is at the peak of his game every time he faces up his defender and fires.
But that team has shown up maybe twice in the postseason thus far, in Game 2 against the Bulls and Game 3 against the Pacers. Everything else has felt like a slog.
After Game 1 of this series, the Heat had won a phenomenal 46 of its past 49 games dating back to Feb. 3. But it has lost four of its past 11 games and three of its past six.
The champs aren’t just fallible, they’re imminently beatable. And if the Pacers can’t do it, the Spurs can accomplish the job in six or less, I’m afraid.
Yes, I was rooting for LeBron to win two in a row so the Tainted Legacy and Dynasty That Never Was Questions don’t begin anew. And he’s going to have to pull out a miracle at this point because it feels like on most possessions he’s almost going at it alone.
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