It's late in the third quarter of Game 7 of the NBA Finals, with two teams desperately searching for the extra gear that will push them past the opposition to the NBA championship. The San Antonio Spurs lead the Miami Heat 66-64 with just over two minutes left in the frame, after 10 ties and six lead changes, with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Shane Battier shooting the lights out but Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard flat-out refusing to yield. It's a pretty fun time.
While the execution wasn't always crisp — Game 7s can be a little raggedy, y'know, what with all the emotion — the first 34 or so minutes of Thursday's Game 7 offered about as much excitement as any NBA fan could reasonably expect, especially after the grand-scale brilliance of an overtime Game 6. Isn't that right, Bill Russell?
I guess when you've been through five NBA Finals Game 7s, and won them all, it's not quite as invigorating as it seems to the rest of us. (Also, Mr. Russell is 79 years old, the camera caught him just before 11 p.m. on the East Coast, and sometimes we're victims of unfortunate timing.)
One would suspect that Mario Chalmers' 28-foot third-quarter-buzzer-beating banker gave the greatest winner of all time a little bit of a jolt, which is good. Would've hated to see him miss that finish, and such a perfect end to an amazing series and season.
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