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Notes, quotes from Heat's Game 6 win; Tidbits from UM's NCAA hearing

Please see ther last post for tidbits from the UM/NCAA hearing.

Postscripts from the Heat’s 103-100 stomach-churning Game 6 overtime NBA Finals win against the Spurs:

### Just when the critics were sharpening their knives and ready to crucify LeBron James, he shook off a 3-for-12 start to put together a monster fourth quarter and close with a triple double (32 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds). That’s his fourth career Finals triple double --- second all time behind Magic Johnson's eight.

LeBron scored 16 in the fourth and two in overtime.

“It was by far the best game I’ve ever been a part of,” James said. “I’m blessed to be a part of something like this. I’m proud how we dug down. Our mental toughness to make it look like almost the game was out of our hands, and to be victorious.

“I was struggling shooting the ball, and they took a commanding 12 point lead. I told myself: Give it all I’ve got. If we go down losing, I’m going to go down with no bullets. That’s exactly what I did, tried to play both sides of the floor until I had nothing left.”

Here’s how Manu Ginobili saw it: “He started to attack. When you’re desperate, that’s what happens. He made a couple tough shots.”

Spoelstra called James’ performance “an absolute desperation and will. He had a difficult cover with Tony Parker. He gave us that life when we were down 10.”

### LeBron became only the fourth player in NBA Finals history to put together a game with at least 30 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, joining Charles Barkley, James Worthy and Jerry West.

### Chris Bosh (10 points, 11 rebounds) was victimized several times on defense for 2 ½ quarters – Tim Duncan hit his first 10 shots against him – but couldn’t have been any better defensively in the fourth quarter and overtime.

Not only did Duncan go 0 for 5 between the fourth quarter and overtime --- primarily against Bosh – but Bosh also had two enormous blocks in the final minute of overtime: one on a Tony Parker jumper with 32 seconds left, and another on Danny Green’s attempted three-pointer with 1.2 seconds left.

"I don't know how we pulled it out, but we pulled it out," Bosh said.

Bosh said it angered him that NBA people started putting out ropes in the fourth quarter to prepare for a Spurs’ championship celebration.

“I noticed it,” James said. “We saw the championship board already out there, the yellow tape. That’s why you play the game to the final buzzer. To come out with a win like that makes it greater, when you’re able to will everything you have as individuals and have a game like this.”

Said Dwyane Wade: "When they brought out that yellow rope and you know you'r enot the one that's going to celebrate, we keep fighting and believing."

### Much was made of LeBron losing his headband in the fourth quarter; LeBron downplayed the importance of that.

"I've never seen him play without his headband that long, since his rookie year," Wade said. "He got very aggressive."

### According to Elias, Ray Allen’s three-pointer to tie the game with five seconds left in regulation marked his fifth career game-tying or go-ahead three-point field goal in the final 10 seconds of fourth quarter or overtime, most in the past 15 postseasons.

Allen said there “was luck shining on our side. It wasn’t looking good for us. We never give up.”

LeBron: “Ray can be 0 for 99, and if you get an open look late in the game, it’s going down. That’s just the confidence he has in himself, the confidence we have in him. That’s the reason we wanted him, games like this.”

That was Allen’s only three pointer of the night, but the Heat finished 11 for 19 on threes, with Mario Chalmers shooting 4 for 5 and Shane Battier 3 for 4.

### Chalmers’ night can’t be underestimated: 20 points on 7 for 11 shooting. He outscored Parker, who scored 19 and missed 17 of his 23 shots.

Parker played the better floor game (eight assists, no turnovers), compared with Chalmers’ four assists and three turnovers.

“He’s a great defender,” Parker said of LeBron. “I tried to do the best I could to try to create.”

### Tim Duncan’s 25 first half points were his most in seven years, but he scored just five after that, finishing with 30 points and 17 rebounds.

“It’s disappointing,” Duncan said. “I had some opportunities. We put ourselves in position to win the game. They made plays to take it from us.”

### Ginobili (nine points) committed eight turnovers, including two lethal ones later, and the Spurs were outscored by 21 with Manu in the game.

"I was very insecure,” he said. “I had a career high in turnovers at a bad moment. Makes me feel terrible.”

### Losing a 13 point lead in the third quarter and a five-point lead with 21 seconds left was “bad, very bad,” Ginobili said. “Very tough moment. I’m devastated. I have no idea how we’re going to be re-energized.

"We were a few seconds away from winning the championship, and we let it go. It’s a very tough moment. We gave them another chance. We are going to think about what we could have done better in the last few possessions all night long. It’s terrible.”

### Wade closed with 14 points (6 for 15 shooting)… Mike Miller stayed in the starting lineup and had eight points (3 for 4 shooting) -- after going scoreless the previous two games -- and added seven rebounds.

### In the first 5:57 of the fourth quarter, the Heat turned a 10-point deficit into a two-point lead using a lineup of James, Allen, Miller, Chalmers and Andersen. That same group spearheaded the 33-5 second-half run in Game 2.

### Spoelstra tightened his rotation from nine to eight. He used Andersen for the first time in three games, and Birdman had one point, four rebounds and three steals in 14 minutes.

### Udonis Haslem had his first DNP/CD (did not play, coach’s decision) all season. Norris Cole had only his second DNP/CD of the season; the other was the third game of the season.

### Here were the overtime numbers for the Heat: Ray Allen scored four of Miami’s eight points (shot 1 for 2); James (1 for 3) and Bosh (1 for 1) scored the other two baskets. The Spurs’ five overtime points came from Kawhi Leonard (four points) and Parker (one). But Parker shot 0 for 4 in overtime.

### Thursday will mark the 18th Game 7 in NBA Finals history. The home team is 14-3 in those games, with Washington the last road team to win a Finals Game 7 on the road --- against Seattle in 1978.          

### The final word from Wade: "I've never wanted to play a Game 7 so bad. You will have two teams that won't give up until the very end." 

### Please see the last post for tidbits from the UM/NCAA hearing.     

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taheati

Pinch me. Meanwhile, game ball to Rajon Rondo -- for convincing the Celts they were better without Ray.

taheati

Mad Men.

That's what Miami became when they noticed Sterntroopers prepping the floor for San Antonio's coronation.

That's what they must REMAIN from start-to-finish Thurs.

That is all.

Hater

heat will find a way to choke thursday. just watch.

Georgia Cane

The officials were horrible, especially the bald guy. He needs security guards to sleep tonight. The NBA wanted the Spurs to win, they hate us. We have to play better Thursday, we'll have the Ref's against us the Spurs and finally the NBA. Go Heat!

Reality Bites

Yep the officials did suck last night but the Heat finally woke up and took care of business. I expect them to win game 7, SA must be demoralized.

Did you check out your Miami bandwagon fans leaving early? Bet you they are the joke of the nation today.
Typical 305.

Go Heat!

Loser

Posted by: Reality Bites | 06/19/2013 at 10:51 AM

No one cares what you think the Heat will do, crawl back to your hole.

rboud

LeBron has to go to the basket early and often in Game 7. He can't settle for jump shots for 3 quarters and wait for desperation to settle in before becoming aggressive. He had that look of 2 years ago for 3 quarters of this game. He can't play with any fear of failure. He has to play his game and let the chips fall where they may. I think San Antonio is the better team, but Lebron can rescue the Heat for one more home game.

Every American Saw

Miami fans showed last night they stink. The excuse of not wanting to follow a losing team was blown last night, they showed they just are front running fools !!!

green

The penultimate game of the NBA Finals earned one of the largest overnight ratings on ABC since the network acquired NBA rights over a decade ago.

The 14.7 overnight is the fourth-highest for any NBA telecast on ABC since the network resumed airing games in the 2002-03 season

Game 6 ranks as the highest rated basketball telecast of the year in the metered markets, topping the Louisville/Michigan NCAA Tournament title game on CBS (14.3). The Louisville/Michigan game, which had only a slight drop from the overnight to the final, will likely retain the top spot when the final numbers are released.

Overall, Game 6 earned the second-highest overnight of the year for a non-NFL sporting event. Only the Alabama/Notre Dame BCS title game on ESPN earned better numbers (15.7).
-- smw

OLD COLLEGE TRY

Bobbyd12

Every American Saw, people that left early were stupid for leaving a game early
You are also stupid, getting on here cause a couple hundred fans left early and declaring Heat fans stink. Get a life loser

HeHateMe

I'm a big Heat fan and I'm ashamed of all those people who left early. Shame on them. Such a disgrace.
Forget the blaming officials bs. Some calls are hard to watch but, you must forget, stop whining and play basketball. Whining hurts the players more on the next call.
San Antonio played great and deserved to win. We pulled it out. Give credit where credit is due - on both sides.
GO HEAT!! One more win baby!!

green

L$U 0-2 and a bbq!!! Gotta give UNC some credit. They eliminated 2 titans from the $EC!!
-- ROBCANE

EENIE MEENIE MINEY MOE

green

http://www.flickr.com/photos/97447864@N03/

Work continues on the Schwartz Center for Academic Excellence, with phase I already completed. Miami already has a brand new locker room done, along with a players' lounge complete with couches and flat-screen televisions. Its new academic center for student-athletes is also up and running on the second and third floors.

Work continues on the Schwartz Center for Academic Excellence, which is slated to be completed sometime in October.

The locker room is pretty impressive and pretty expansive, designed so every player has a view of the front of the room from their locker. The prominent "U" that used to be in the center of the locker room is now up on the ceiling, so nobody will step on it ever again.

What is not completed yet is the lobby, which will feature tons of Miami memorabilia currently in the school's Hall of Fame and not prominently displayed. Miami has won five national championships, and has two Heisman winners, but none of those trophies are in a lobby for the public to view. That all changes soon.

Miami will display its national awards, All-Americans, ACC trophies from all sports, the Heismans and other national awards that players or programs have won. It will be called the DiMare Gallery of Champions. You can bet that will be a big recruiting tool for the Canes moving forward.

In addition, work is being done right now in placing new Bermuda sod on the practice fields.

I asked Miami athletic director Blake James about the potential for an indoor practice facility. There are no concrete plans, but it is something he has thought about. There would be significant hurdles toward getting that done, specifically the difficulty in securing building permits in Coral Gables.
-- Andrea Adelson


CITY BEAUTIFUL

9>5

Coral Gables city managers and leaders are a bunch of pieces of s$t

All of them know how importantthe U is to the collective well being and consciousness of SOUTH FLORIDA not just M-D. But those corrupt jerks will never budge on the option of Miami building a stadium in their precious Gables. F them.

Lt. Lois Einhorn

I don't know why anyone would want a stadium near campus - #1 Miami fans are terrible and will go to championship games and stay home for every other game wherever the stadium is, and #2 Joe Robbie is a much nicer stadium than anything UM could build.

[]_[] are []_[] ...

Typical Miami Fans after they left the HEAT game running back from the parking lot banging on the AA Arena glass doors yelling, screaming and whining, "WE PAYED GOOD MONEY !!! LET []_[]S BACK IN!!!"

The entire World LA[]_[]GHS at []_[] dopes...

robinson

Heat Fans you are very disappointing by not willing to hear the final whistle blow to see your team's comeback and how you don't even show up to the pregame earlier enough to cheer your team on. Shame on you. Enjoy it now because after next near "Lebron WILL BOLT" mark this down.

Reality Bites

It is perfectly valid to point out how terrible Miami fans are, it's a topic of national dialogue and was validated again last night.
The Lt. is right, what difference does it make where the canes play, their so called fans would not show up to 90% of the games anyway.
Front runners, bandwagon and fair weather, that is the Miami fan in a nutshell. UM fans are even worse.
Go Heat!

Sad times

Posted by: []_[] are []_[] ... | 06/19/2013 at 03:32 PM

They are people who left their computer for at least 3 hours and don't spend their life trolling UM fans on sports blogs in the Miami Herald into talking to them.

So whatever they may be as "fans", they have a lot more going for them than you do you miserable loser.

[]_[] are []_[] ...

Same 15k Dipsheets at the HEAT Game are the exact same 15k that barely fill the Top 15 rows around that outdated cement d[]_[]mp in Broward County...

[]_[] Miami Cl[]_[]cks are World Famo[]_[]s !

http://mashable.com/2013/06/19/miami-heat-fans/

Sad times

Posted by: []_[] are []_[] ... | 06/19/2013 at 04:43 PM

Nothing you say about UM or Miami fans can make up for the fact that you, personally, are a huge loser who obsessively researches UM and spends every waking minute trolling their fans in to being as miserable as you must be.

Miami fans suck?

K.

As you prove beyond a doubt, it could be worse.

HeHateMe

Miami Fans... It could be worse: search Gainesville, Florida.

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