Game 7: a fitting end to a brilliant season

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Game 6 was the greatest Finals game in modern NBA history.

We now get to witness San Antonio and Miami face off in the ultimate sports battle: a winner-take-all Game 7.

It is a fitting end to what has been the most compelling season in many years.

The 2012/13 season has had it all:

  • The Miami Heat’s 27-game win streak, the second longest in NBA history, which had us wondering if they were a top five team of all time.
  • LeBron James putting together the greatest regular season since Jordan (all due respect to Shaq in 99/00, KG in ‘03/04, Kobe in ‘05/06, and LeBron himself in ‘10/11).
  • Kevin Durant having a 50/40/90 shooting year on 28 ppg and still not coming close to challenging LeBron for MVP honors.
  • Marc Gasol doing things like this.
  • The Clippers’ 17-game win streak and the Nuggets’ 15-game win streak, which actually had us wondering if they might advance to the Conference Finals.
  • The debacle that was the Dwight Howard Lakers — their horrific start to the season, their firing of the head coach five games in, and their late Kobe-fuelled run to make the playoffs.
  • The resurgence of the New York Knicks and Golden State Warriors, and the return of their epic home crowds to the playoffs.
  • A generally well played postseason full of great individual performances, OT thrillers, and the champions being pushed to the brink by Indiana before emerging from the East to play the Spurs with Tim Duncan in search of his fifth ring.

Few NBA seasons have featured such a strong series of storylines and historic levels of sustained brilliance and intrigue. This year has been an NBA fan’s dream, with not a down month from October through June.

This observer, wary of Miami’s momentum and San Antonio’s mental state after the Spurs threw away Game 6, has money on the Heat by double digits tonight. But in the season that keeps on giving, something more climactic would not surprise.

Bring on Game 7.

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