The Miami Heat took Game 7 at home last week and their second championship in a row. They went back and forth with the San Antonio Spurs for most of the game but pulled away in the last few minutes, winning 95-88. It was all done without a single point from Chris Bosh.
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For the first seven quarters of this year’s Western Conference Finals, it looked like the Grizzlies didn’t even belong in the same arena as the Spurs. For much of the 4th quarter in Game 2, the Grizzlies weren’t faring much better, but they hung around and went on a 7-0 run at the end to force overtime. Tony Allen did his best to sell a fast break foul (see above) by Manu Ginobili and turn it into a flagrant (2 free throws plus the next possession). Mike Conley’s off-hand floater tied the game and gave the Grizzlies a chance to take Game 2 in overtime. The Spurs, mostly led by Tim Duncan, put the Grizzlies back in their place in the extra period; the Spurs would win by 4.
Russell Westbrook’s injury has left the Oklahoma City Thunder weakened and the Western Conference playing field leveled. Traditional thinking would conclude that the San Antonio Spurs are good and ready to emerge out of the West if the Thunder can’t learn to adjust to Westbrook’s absence.
By Andrew Gilstrap
Part of my objective for my visit to the Las Vegas NBA Summer League last month was to take pictures. Hundreds of them. After taking all of them, I decided I wanted to do much more with the photos than simply putting them on Facebook and featuring them in a blog post.