The San Antonio Spurs, a team that arguably has more experience than any other, gave away a championship last night. They were ahead by 5 points against the Miami Heat with 24 seconds to play. They then proceeded to allow the Miami Heat to score two, three point shots, while only scoring one free throw themselves, in the waning seconds of the game, to force an overtime loss.
If San Antonio doesn't win Game 7 on Thursday night their failure to close out the Miami Heat will likely go down as one of the biggest choke's in NBA history.
Why do I say that? Because of what they will have lost. History however is against the Spurs as a win will mean they are the first road team to win an NBA Finals Game 7 since the Washington Bullets beat the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1978 series final.
Clearly the San Antonio Spurs haven't achieved their level of success by focusing on history but by making it. For the Spurs last night's loss may just have been a horrible, self-inflicted, psychological wound that did them in. In the Spurs favor however is the fact that the Miami Heat haven't won 2 games in a row for over a month now. If the Heat are unable to win two in a row, they can’t repeat as championships.
Do you think the Spurs can find the strength, skill and focus to beat the Heat or will the Heat repeat?