Thursday, June 20, 2013

2013 NBA Finals: Ray Allen: Mr. Clutch

Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs
Series tied, 3-3

"Ray can be 0-for-99 in a game, and if he gets an open look late, it's going down.” - LeBron James

ESPN

If the Miami Heat go on to win the 2013 NBA Finals, Ray Allen will forever be remembered for the clutch 3-pointer he buried (late in the 4th quarter) of Game 6 to tie the score 95-95 and force overtime. Not only did the best 3-point shooter in NBA history save the game for the Heat, he saved the series and the season.

It's safe to say-- Miami dodged a major bullet in Game 6 but they managed to steal (103-100) what seemed like a sure victory for the Spurs and force a Game 7. As LeBron James put it, "we live to fight another day." 

It's also safe to say-- this is not good news for the Spurs. Their Game 6 collapse will go down as one of the biggest "choke jobs" in NBA Finals history. Can they mentally recuperate from this heartbreaking loss?

As for the Heat, they are known for their Big 3 (LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh) but Allen (a former member of Boston's Big 3) is perhaps Miami's most lethal weapon in this series.  Again, not good news for the Spurs who (literally) gave Miami another day to fight. Not good.

On to Game 7!

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