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June 12, 2014

G4: Spurs 107, Heat 86: Routed again, Miami down 3-1, all but out of hope as LeBron gets no help; also postgame video, updated MVP table, Melo & more

1) It is FRIDAY, JUNE 13. The National Congress of American Indians has an eloquently powerful new ad campaign against the Washington Redskins nickname. Click here for the 2-minute video. 2) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Heat-Spurs Game 3 loss and postgame video, postseason MVP standings, LeBatard wins ratings, glamorous life of sports writer (not), Futblog! and more. 3) Join us on Twitter @gregcote. Also Vine and Instagram.

Check out the debut of our separate World Cup FUTBLOG! in the post directly below this one.

Click on Dream Crashing for my column from the arena off last night's Heat loss.

G4: SAN ANTONIO 107, HEAT 86: MIAMI DOWN 3-1 AFTER LEBRON SCORES 28, NOBODY ELSE SHOWS UP: Stunning, this game. This performance or lack of by Miami. With everything on the line the Heat barely showed up in a 21-point loss that puts Miami down 3-1 in the Finals and fighting for its three-peat life as the series heads to San Antonio for Game 5 Sunday. The Heat had been on a 13-0 run following a playoff loss before the second straight defeat. LeBron James scored 28 and hardly anybody else bothered to show up, with Chris Bosh next-highest Heat scorer with 12 points. Dwyane Wade had 10 on miserable 3-for-13 shooting. What do I mean by "all but out of hope" in the blog's headline? This: No team in NBA Finals history has overcome a 3-1 deficit to win the championship. Click on Dream Crashing for my column from the arena off last night's loss. ..... Original post: Question: Can the Heat win tonight without Melo? Just kidding. But they'd better. I resist saying or writing "must win" because it's a cliche due to too-casual use. People say "must win" when it literally is not; they use it interchangeably for "important game." Anyway, tonight may not be a must-win literally 1aa1aheatspursg4 1aa1amiasafor Miami (trailing the Spurs 2-1), but it is in every other sense when you fathom the alternative. No team in NBA history has trailed 3-1 in the Finals and rallied to win the title, and the Heat
1aa1alebtimdown 3-1 would need two of those three straight wins to come in San Antonio. Impossible? No. Unlikely. Oh, very. That's what tonight is about: Keeping three-peat hopes realistically alive. The pressureis all on Miami coming off a thorough Game 3 spanking on its home floor. The Heat has played 48 consecutive playoff games since last losing two in a row -- 13-0 following losses in that streak -- but the Spurs convey the impression they may be good enough to beat Miami even when the Heat is playing well. And the Heat were miles from playing well the other night. A few of the improvements needed tonight for the Heat to have a chance in Game 4: Hugely better, intense defense by Miami. A positive impact by point guard Mario Chalmers, who has been a Finals nightmare. More involvement from Chris Bosh, who took but four shots Tuesday. And more composure after Tuesday's 20 turnovers including a Finals-record seven by LeBron James. I'd also expect to see James in attack-paint mode after getting to the free-throw line only three times in the last game. The two-time defending champs had better play like it's a must win tonight, because, in all but the literal sense, it is.

OUR GAME 4 POSTGAME VIDEO: That'll be Heat beat writer Joseph (Goody) Goodman on the left looking natty. I'm the guy who looks like a homeless man who wandered in off Biscayne:

 

Heat Postseason MVP Standings (updated): We name 'Heat 3 Stars' after every playoff game and award points on 3-2-1 basis. Last night: 1. LeBron James, 2. Chris Bosh, 3. James Jones. The updated standings through 19 playoff games, entering Sunday's Game 5: LeBron James 45 points, Dwyane Wade 25, Chris Bosh 21, Ray Allen 8, Rashard Lewis 7, Chris Andersen 3, James Jones 3, Norris Cole 2.

WHO IS BOBBY RAMOS AND WHY IS HE HAUNTING THE HEAT WITH AMUSINGLY ACCUSATORY QUESTIONS?: 1aa1abobbyramosI'm really looking forward to tonight's Heat-Spurs Game 4 in Miami, especially the pregame or postgame interview sessions in case Bobby Ramos materializes again to rock the lavender shirt and pose lengthy, meandering, accusatory questions to the Heat. (Actually I am praying for a Spurs loss and the Ramos Treatment for a moody, hairtrigger Gregg Popovich, because there could be a delightful explosion). Ramos, the NBA Finals' Media Internet Sensation Because We're Bored, demanded Erik Spoelstra explain why his team had been "stomped" in Game 3, eliciting the classic one-word response, "Clearly." Ramos later demanded at length that LeBron James and Dwyane Wade explain why the team's offense and defense had been so "lackluster," a bizarre grilling that found James stifling laughter and Wade offering an indulgent, "The problem is we're down 2 games to 1. That's the problem." Ramos is the latest face of a growing trend I call The Quasi-Journalist. He is a former Connecticut cop who evidently runs a small website called the Bottom Line, which has crashed for a lack of bandwidth. He previously masterminded Bobby's Lobby, a blog last tended in 2010. In the social media age, the media pool is murky and crowded now with all manner of mysterious bloggers and sort-of reporters, with legitimate and mainstream media now made to share the same umbrella with a "reporter" in a wedding dress proposing marriage to Tom Brady. It has become likely now that sharing a row in any major-event interview room might be an on-air star for ESPN, a columnist for the New York Times, and Ralphie Bimtoddle of TheRalph.com, who has watched no games but consistently delights his 29 Twitter followers. Into Super Bowls and NBA Finals wander all sorts of Quasi-Journalists because evidently the vetting in the credentialing process now consists entirely of you asking for a credential and the NBA saying, sure Ralphie. This is not a direct slam on Bobby Ramos, mostly because he looks like a guy who could beat me up with a well-aimed stare. Quick advice for Bobby tonight: Popovich especially after a loss enjoys questions that are never-ending and second-guessing in nature and actually more statements than questions. Please don't ask until I'm in the room!

ESPN SAYS HEAT IN DISCUSSIONS TO SIGN CARMELO ANTHONY: The nut graph in a new story by ESPN's Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein: "Sources told ESPN.com that Heat officials and the team's leading 1aa1abig4players have already started to explore their options for creating sufficient financial flexibility to make an ambitious run at adding New York Knicks scoring machine Carmelo Anthony this summer in free agency." Click HERE for the full story, and HERE for a subsequent detailed analysis on how Miami could make it work under the salary cap. [Update: Chris Bosh said today the Big 3 have not discussed such a thing and called it "very unlikely" to happen]. ESPN saying it doesn't necessarily mean it's true or will happen, but it does mean it's loud, and now whistles and clangs over the ongoing NBA Finals that resume Thursday here with San Antonio up 2-1. It's an ill-timed distraction for the Heat. The story speculates that key Heat players may be willing to make yet more financial sacrifices to make this work, noting that LeBron James is doing fabulously off the court at the bank, including a $30 million windfall due him related to Apple's $3 billion purchase of the Beats By Dre company. The story is believable for a few reasons. The two writers are credible; Windhorst because he is a lifelong friend of LeBron's. James and Anthony are close friends. And Miami (see below) needs to beef up its roster even if it manages to three-peat. Melo, of course, would be Grade-A beef on the offensive end. So, perhaps, the NBA's era of raging jealousy against Heat mastermind Pat Riley sees no end as the Big 3 plots to become the Big 4.

1aa1achalmersBAD: MARIO CHALMERS' PLAY. WORSE: NEEDING HIM THIS MUCH: That's the gist of my latest column, newly online and in today's/Thursday's inky pulp editions. Click on Missing The Point (Guard) for the full column. Chalmers has been awful in the Finals, but needing him this badly underlines a larger issue: The Heat's glaring lack of depth beyond the Big 3 when contrasted with the Spurs.

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not sure how i feel about the carmelo move. i would love to find some more help at the 1, and additional players rooted in our philosophy; relentless defense..

Duncan 5 rings
Lebron 2 rings

Posted by: Who is who | June 11, 2014 at 08:16 PM

who is an idiot, that's who.

lebron at 29 - 2 rings
duncan at 29 - 2 rings

who is who at any age?
a hating moronic idiot.

Correction Duncan has 4 ,and the Heat still have a chance if they tie it up tomorrow.

San Antonio is destroying Miami to the point of embarrassment. Unfortunately for the Heat, they (San Antonio) are a better team. I find it odd that Miami has imploded at this stage of the playoffs but think that overconfidence and coaching may play a part.

Well surprise, surprise, surprise The Real Goober of La has spoken!

You can have 5 All-Stars starting.

Spo will still find a way to screw it up.

San Antonio is destroying Miami to the point of embarrassment. Unfortunately for the Heat, they (San Antonio) are a better team. I find it odd that Miami has imploded at this stage of the playoffs but think that overconfidence and coaching may play a part.

Posted by: Zulu 1 | June 11, 2014 at 11:24 PM

really?
last time i checked we split the games in san antonio and have a good chance to tie it tonight.
that's destroying miami?
we're down 2-1.
spare me the dramatics. there's still quite a bit of basketball to be played.

Well surprise, surprise, surprise The Real Goober of La has spoken!

Posted by: Gomer Pyle | June 11, 2014 at 11:40 PM

why, dummy?
because i pointed out how stupid it is to compare the career of a 38 year old to a 29 year old still in his prime?
go fac yourself.
go heat!

Hey who is who-a little advice:if you are gonna come and troll at least get your facts straight...Duncan has 4 rings...and as david pointed out the age disparity has them at the same age with the same amount of rings...so yeah,you sound really dumb...and to say we are getting destroyed and embarrassed is just ridiculous...game 3 was an anomaly and it's still early in the series...but by all means,please keep doubting the champs...I love when people do that...

Heat in 7

San Antonio can win this series. Fans can accept being beaten by a better team effort. CB is not a max player and I must say, all time HEAT favorite and Miami's favorite son Dwayne Wade is not a max player. Give them more years and get Carmelo in here! Just do not resign Chalmers and get someone who can consistently knock down three's. Chalmers is responsible for our misery in this series!

Chris Bosh would never agree to be a 4th wheel. He has already agreed to be the 3rd wheel but that might be asking too much. Bosh would opt out if they got Carmelo and go to the Lakers or somewhere else where they could build around him and you couldn't blame him for that.

LOL chewing on tin foil calling out a troll funniest post ever from the biggest troll on this blog.

If Riley is able to pull off a deal to get Melo, he is the all time best GM. Draft Wade, gets Shaquille, gets Lebron and Bosh. Oh, forgot about Zo.

If Melo does come Bosh and Chalmers are goners 4 sure.

Big Baby,

how many "monster" type players can one team accumulate? carmelo anthony has one gift- he has incredible range on his jumper, and not much more. getting him would ean either saying arrividerci to bosh, or playing a team that would disintegrate. what a joke this would turn out to be.

shadow looks like you agree with me but a team with Wade, Lebron and Melo would still be scary good even without Bosh interesting to see if they could pull it off. My dream scenario is Rajon Rondo, Kevin Love and Bosh at this point if they could pull that off that is a good team. What a day in Sports Us Open, World Cup and NBA Finals all today.

Oh stop being a baby,Big Baby...you're such a sensitive little girl.

Whatever troll boy.

Big Baby,

kevin love is a tremendous player- one of the few, very few who averaged 20 pts. and 10 boards per game. a tremendous outlet passer- maybe the best since walton- and a blood relative of the beach boys!!!! while the oters state "not in my house", he would say not "in my room"!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l71pbhqnvNM&list=RDl71pbhqnvNM

BIG BIG DAY!!!

finally, the mundial!! it is gonna be absurd having to listen to the announcers say "FIFA" before any mention of the WC, so i'll head to DISH 869 for the spanish announcers. i understand that ESPN will be using english announcers who actually can describe a televised game properly. UNID is mundial central and is doing all mundial programmimg. tomorrow el tri at noon-arriba mexico!!

If Phil Jackson somehow lets Melo get away then he will be rebuilding for about the next 10 years. He should just quit now if that happens.

shadow the wafers that you speak of (I think that is what you called them) are called hosts in the Catholic tradition. You probably could take 2 sips of wine if you really wanted to but most people if they choose to drink the wine (usually optional) just take one sip.

Heat fan need not grip about tonight's game. This thing is going seven, and not because Miami is better or San Antonio is better, but because the NBA wishes to extricate the last ounce of televised play off this season.

Look for the whistles to make an early and often appearance, much like game two.

the Ramos questions are hilarious. He always starts out with a quick statement of praise and then unleashes his assault. Pretty funny and pretty funny Spos one word retort.

Cote, this Bobby guy is just showing what Latin American sports reporting looks like. In Latin America players, managers, and the refs are constantly bombarded by in your face reporters questioning every single move.

Baseball managers and soccer coaches are berated, second guessed, and in some cases shot in the head during press conferences.

The question that begs to be asked is what's the better method of covering sports the brutal, anal, and emotion suppressing methods employed by the Anglo Saxons in the northern stretches or the more dignified, emotional, thought provoking, and entertaining methods employed by the descendants of the Romans south of the border.

One clue might be to analyze the following statement.

"When the Romans got to England the English were on all four eating grass and trying to copulate with their sheep."

Big Baby,

have you ever heard the phil hendrie bit about communion?

http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/All+You+Can+Eat+Negro/2hEuJb?src=5

"Arriba, Mexico!" What are you on drugs, Shadow.

Fock those guys.

shadow I may listen later but if it is at all mocking then no I wouldn't listen.

For 99% of Americans the World Cup is exactly like the Olympics. Once every four years you sit down during the doldrums of summer television sports viewing the time just before camps open for the NFL and college football teams, and people turn their sets on to watch completely unknown and unrecognizable names appear on their TV life or in Technicolor pre-recorded horse hack, and allow themselves to be caught up in something that if it were to be broadcast in America from coast to coast a week after Labor Day would get a .00000000000000000000000000000000000000001 rating on the Neilsen's.

And that folks is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me God.

Next!

"Mexicans? We don't need no stinkin' Mexicans!"

OC I never figured you for a conspiracy theorist.

Mr. Woodcock will be giving a strong one cheer at around two decibels for the following teams in no particular order after of course rooting on for the good ol' US Of A squad that from what I hear has maybe a .00000000000001% chance of winning this thing, and they are;

Spain, the Itals, and Brasil.

The one team that I will be rooting for to have the team bus go over a cliff on their way to their first game is, Yup, you guessed it, the focking Argies!

"OC I never figured you for a conspiracy theorist."

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA.

Bro, OC thinks that the times that the sun rises every day is carefully controlled and determined by the NBA league office in New York, New York.

What a terrible list of teams you got there don't like Italy or Brasil lukewarm on Spain. Argentina will hopefully eliminate them one by one.

How good would it be to see Argentina eliminate those Brazilians who think the world will end if they don't win the World Cup. Awesome that's how good.

Troll boy? That's all you got,BB.Damn man,you are so weak it's hardly even fun to rip on you,even though there is so much material...

That's all I got troll face.

You must not ever have lived near any Argies, BB.

Don't care I have been a fan since the great Diego Maradonna. Now they have Messi and another great team. I am thinking finals but so apparently is Cote so not sure that's good.

Diego Maradona.

If he was crossing the street in front of me while I was driving the Buick the skid marks would be behind his body as I hit the brakes after running him over so that I can back the Roadmaster up just to make sure he's dead.

You can try but the Hand Of God would save him and you would end up totaling that old man roadster of yours.

Nah, I have a snow plow shovel hooked to the front with the words FOR ARGENTINIANS ONLY painted on the shovel.

The Great Maradona laughs at your snow shovel. Have to bring something more for a legend like maybe a howitzer. Long Live Albiceleste!

I have no freaking idea what the hell you're talking about, brother.

Albiceleste? WTF is that an Argie suppository?

La Albiceleste if that helps. Forgot how to speak Spanish all of a sudden?

Not a good look for him but I cannot abandon my team based on politics. Shoot I am almost full blooded Irish and root for the English National team. Like the Cuba thing that isn't my fight I was born in the United States.

Celts will trade for both Asik + Lin allowing Rockets cap room for Melo. Go Spurs Go !!

maybe the Celts wanna get Melo all to themselves.

the overall thinking on Celtics Blog is: Boston uses their $10.3 TPE for Asik, + Bogans, filler for Lin (Rockets will cut all for cap room)
then C's send out Bass, either Sully or Olynk, Joel Anthony, maybe S&T Avery Bradley, + 2 or 3 #1 picks to Minny for K-Love.
So Celtics starting 5 : Asik, love, Jeff Green, Rondo
there is also a chance Boston goes after Araffalo at the 2.

Marcello for Brazil scores an own goal. Croatia up 1-0. If Brazil loses and does not make it out of this round...Marcello is DEAD ala Colombian Andres Escobar in 1994.

Germany wins Gr G easily, good chance to win it all

When did I tell you who to root for? All I said was that I would run Mardaona over with my Buick. Then you started with the uum, huuum, ooooom, ummmm, horse hack, and I told you why "I" would run the son of a bitch over and over until I couldn't tell the difference between his focking carcass and the pavement.

"All politics are local."

WTF is going on here? I come back from lunch and all I read is crap about some soccer games going on in a third world dump without air conditioning.

Bro, this the US of A and in this country.

SOCCER SUCKS!

See Cote, I told you that they shot sports figures in South America.

WTF,Cote! Get off your fat ass and institute a total blog blackout of this soccer crap. Bro, we live in a democracy here and the majority rules. No one but no one gives a rat's ass about soccer or the world cup. (Most Americans polled believe the world cup is a new kind of coffee cup debuted by McDonald's.)

Today is the first day of OUR national championship in golf, the freaking United States Open Golf Championship!

That's what real true blooded Americans will be watching this weekend. Not a bunch of anorexic malaria ridden 115 pound skeletons from a bunch of sand pits, over grown jungles, and deserts all over the world running around in boxer shorts and wife beaters chasing a little ball around a toxic waste dump surrounded by a horde of one toothed foul smelling hooligans who couldn't spell cat if you spotted them all three letters!

This is what Americans think of soccer;

http://www.soccerbyives.net/2014/04/americans-watch-world.html

Hey Woodcock: alert!, thanks to our inept Community-organizer, our democracy is no longer, he ignores our constitution, ignores congress, ignores the VA crimes, lies about Benghazi, IRS,no border enforcement etc, this moron believes he is royalty

Big Baby,

if you prefer not to listen to the phil hendrie bit because it mocks, fine. it is a very funny bit and if i shied away from everybody.everything that mocks my religion i would be missing a lot of very clever people, starting with lenny bruce and going on till today. your choice. brazil was gifted a goal on a yellow card in the box that should have gone the other way for flopping and on a kick by neymar that should have been stopped. better for whoever will be fighting for the second spot that croatia lost, especially should el tri win tomorrow. croatia has a good squad but if we don't get a post from mike1 on that flop and absurd call, he may have joined a group of monks w/o internet. the quality of the refs at WCs are a major peeve of his and this one certainly qualified.

Wha, wha, WTF happened, Gocanes1? You mean they actually left him alone again in the oval office?

Phil Hendrie, very funny and very talented guy. Some of his impersonations and the live radio shows that he does are side splitting roll on the floor funny.

"I am very optimistic about -- about Iraq. I mean, this could be one of the great achievements of this administration. You're going to see 90,000 American troops come marching home by the end of the summer. You're going to see a stable government in Iraq that is actually moving toward a representative government," said Biden.

"I spent -- I've been there 17 times now. I go about every two months -- three months. I know every one of the major players in all of the segments of that society. It's impressed me. I've been impressed how they have been deciding to use the political process rather than guns to settle their differences."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLteUGkvpOc

My Japanese ref that I personally selected, did the job I paid him for today. Yes, I know,Croatia should've won 2-1, but we can't allow Brazil to lose or even tie. I've predetermined the championship for them. How could we possibly let a country of 4 million beat Brazil. No one wants to see that. Yes folks, the Copa is off to a horrible start already. What a farce.

That chink fish that dropped the hammer on those Yugos today is the brother of Yosi Montomoto the little yellow rat bastard that threw the flag five minutes after the game ended from the far corner of where the play occurred while a steady stream of gold coins flowed from the slanty eyed rat bastards pocket during the second overtime of the Miami v. Ohio State Fiesta Bowl national championship game.

You can never trust anyone of the hordes of yellow bastards.

1. bobby ramos was right.

2. Heat are an embarrassment. How about trying guys?

Spurs never gave up last year. wow disgrace

This is as exiting as watching soccer on TV.

The fat lady is singing.

Tom at my age I have memory problems a result I think of 61 slow ones and massive consumption of cannabis related products since I was 15. Any way, sometimes I get you and BB confused. Are you the Celtics fan or is that BB who's the Celtics fan?

Contrary to some comments made by the limp wristed pansy assess who post on this blog unless Miami starts putting some of these Spurs on the floor they might as well come out for the second half wearing pink too toos.

BB is the Celtics fan.

The Heat should avoid further embarrassment and walk off the court now and forfeit game five. This series has really exposed Miami's many weaknesses. Well, maybe just two - offense and defense.

Oh, and I would not be unhappy to be proved wrong by the end of this game.

There are horses for courses. Not only is San Antonio an excellent team but when a team reaches 4 straight finals that's a lot of wear and tear. At the end sometimes you're the windshield sometimes you're the bug.

Not much they can do but play hard and if they lose congratulate the Spurs and try harder next year.

Stick a knife in them their done!!!!

San Antonio is definitely the superior team. Better overall balance and better coaching. Got to congratulate them for a great season and playoff series. They obviously deserve the championship.

Waiting for the delusional ones to start talking about the Heat making history by winning the next three. Yea, right.

Zulu:

I'm waiting for them too!!!

Zulu 1. It's not over but it sure seems that way.

Sir, let me be the first to congratulate you for following in a great American tradition of good sportsmanship.

It's alright in fact expected to kill each other during the games but at the end you take the high road tip your cap to your opponent reach out and shake their hand and say;

"I gave you everything I had today and it wasn't good enough."

Jack Nicklaus

One thing that Americans will not tolerate are sore losers.

When they tip off in San Antonio in a couple of days I will be back to making a jack ass of myself talking trash about the Spurs.

At the end when the fat lady sings and if the trophy is as it seems raised in San Antonio I will suck it up and congratulate every Spurs fan in the state of Texas.

Go Heat!

those 3 pointers by san antonio will not be going in like that in miami.
ours will.
this series is over.
Posted by: (the real) david in los angeles | June 09, 2014 at 01:58

Mr. Woodcock,

Well said and I concur. Looks as if this just was not our time, but San Antonio is an excellent team and it is no dishonor to lose to them.

When does football season start? Can't wait to be disappointed by my Hurricanes and Dolphins, but will still root for them passionately and watch as many games as possible.

those 3 pointers by san antonio will not be going in like that in miami.
ours will.
this series is over.
Posted by: (the real) david in los angeles | June 09, 2014 at 01:58

Posted by: lol, I'm always right | June 13, 2014 at 12:10 AM


i've never claimed to always be right, dumb a#$.
i don't recall anyone here suggesting miami would, for the 1st time in 4 years, lose 2 straight at home.
you must be tom; he loves hindsight jabs.
i also didn't think wade would be hurt, rio would disappear, and lebron would be the only guy playing hard.
i root for my team, and it's not over until it's over.
the spurs are a great team, and if we lose, well we were in the running for the prize 4 years in a row, and a great team we beat last year beat us this year.

at least the celtics and lakers still suck, and will suck while this rivalry plays out again.
these teams are the class of the league, but something is going on with our team right now, and it's quite disturbing.
hopefully we'll find out soon, but they look terrible right now..

Zulu 1. It's not over but it sure seems that way.

Sir, let me be the first to congratulate you for following in a great American tradition of good sportsmanship.

It's alright in fact expected to kill each other during the games but at the end you take the high road tip your cap to your opponent reach out and shake their hand and say;

"I gave you everything I had today and it wasn't good enough."

Jack Nicklaus

One thing that Americans will not tolerate are sore losers.

When they tip off in San Antonio in a couple of days I will be back to making a jack ass of myself talking trash about the Spurs.

At the end when the fat lady sings and if the trophy is as it seems raised in San Antonio I will suck it up and congratulate every Spurs fan in the state of Texas.

Go Heat!

Posted by: Mr. Woodcock. | June 13, 2014 at 12:04 AM

well said, and i agree completely.
if we weren't in this series, the spurs would be awfully hard to root against.
no ball hog kobe, no trash talking garnett; just a fundamentally sound basketball team that plays the game the right way.
and if the spurs DO win, duncan has as many rings as kobe.
what's not to love?

kawhi leonard:

after a year of shouldering the blotched free throw, it looks like my guy has reached a much higher level of play and SHOULD the spurs win the series would probably be the MVP. leading scorer in two road victories of the rout type would suggest this to me. it doesn't seem likely that the heat could win 3 in a row when they are getting run off the court at home. if you think carmelo anthony is the answer, the heat will be playing 2 (maybe) against five+ when they play the spurs, who have a system a little bit superior it seems than their one man show this year, as wade and chris bosh have been no shows. hey, this kawhi leonard guy is pretty good.

i've never claimed to always be right, dumb a#$.

Posted by: (the real) david in los angeles | June 13, 2014 at 02:56 AM

Shadow - Agree Kawhi is deserving, but Boris Diaw has been a story that doesn't show up in the box score. It's tough to credit any one Spur above the others for what are team achievements, but his solid defense, crisp passing and savvy scoring have made a big difference.

Mike Cook from San Antonio,

i haven't been watching the games as i am an early sleeper, but i know that boris diaw is in the cluster of players-leonard, green, mills and diaw- the type of which the heat don't seem to have. but they do have chris bosh, who every 15 minutes when he makes a three point shot seems to roar with his mouth wide enough to drive a semi through. if this guy is any part of a "big (insert the number of your choice)" things are amiss. he is the softest big man since ralph sampson-can't rebound or defend but can certainly yell. should the heat get eliminated (quite likely), look for bosh to be jettisoned if any team will pick up the tab; probably be one of those deals where the heat will pay half his salary to see him go. and all those years of wade's acrobatics sem to have caught up with him; the pounding that knees endure from landing on the hardcourt take their toll over the years and wade certainly compiled a lot of wear on the knees landing after his acrobatic shots of years gone by. i don't like the heat or the concept of buying other teams' players, but LBJ is magnificent. a flameout seems to mean a return to cleveland to hook up with kyrie irving.

Time to eat some humble pie...that was a thrashing...I'm to hungover to post anything else...definitely called this one wrong...blech...congrats to the Spurs...

READ IT IN THE STREET WALL JOURNAL!!!!

i didn't read the paper over the passover holiday and they piled up (8 weeks ago). finally got around to their playoff page where- and i couldn't believe it- they gave the heat a 10%+ chance of winning the NBA championship, and had the spurs with a 39%+ chance of taking the trophy. (up to this point) they fed the right statistics into the right computers. i am not sure any else would have put miami's chances of repeating at ten percent, but i guess that is why they get two bucks an issue. they have a really eclectic sports page, full of terrific articles and stories. 10%? that is going out on a limb, to use a good ole cliche.

So I'm watching last night. First quarter just ended, when suddenly a banner rolls across the screen while a alarming tone and computerized female voice is warning me to head to my basement, as tornadoes, tennis ball sized hail, 70 mph winds and perhaps even democrats are heading my way. Sure enough, no sooner than the looped information starts to repeat, the power goes out. I go to the iPad to see what's what, and I see what looks like an angry fried egg-looking-thing descending 1/2 mile north of me. Holy S**t!!!

Well, aside from the high winds and over 3,000 lightning strikes per hour light show, thankfully, nothing bad happened. That is, other than me missing the other three quarters of the game.

Note to Floridians: I've been through hurricanes. Bad ones. Yet this part of the country is prone to what I think are worse storms. These things can just show up, no latter than one can say - "aside from James, where did everybody go?"

shadow what has happened to Chris Bosh? Guy was a beast in Toronto points and rebounding machine. I think his game may have suffered due to having other options on the team but he isn't the same guy around the rim as he used to be not even close. Hope he isn't thinking more about his movie career than basketball but it could be true.

Hey david Wade looks done and he isn't even that old if I was a Heat fan I would be looking at the end of this run soon.

OC

Alabama is in the tornado alley. I have an app on my Iphone called appropriately enough "Tordado". Here is the link

http://www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/tornado-app

A tornado passed within a half mile of the house about a month or so ago. I was sleeping when the app siren went off and scared the chit out of me. It is VERY LOUD. But it gave me over 20 minutes to prepare to go to the storm room in the basement.

Unless they get Melo. gocanes good info on the Celts if they can get K. Love without giving up J. Sullinger it will be a steal I might even consider him untouchable. shadow I heard about that Croatia travesty Brazil player embellished pretty good I heard too bad. Woodcock some people do care about the World Cup but soccer will never eclipse the Big 4 of sports in the US it just won't happen.

shadow anything that mocks the most sacred ritual of the Catholic tradition isn't for me sorry.

Thanks, Tom. After spending 35 years in weather-less CA, this place takes some getting used to.

"at least the celtics and lakers still suck, and will suck while this rivalry plays out again."

Grow up David. Grown men know how to lose like men.

Congrats to the Spurs?

Bro, you play hard until the buzzer goes off and ends the game.

The LA Kings are one win from winning the Stanley Cup and they were in a much worse predicament down 3 games to love against San Jose.

Miracles do happen, but only if you believe.

"Go to the storm room in the basement."

Oye, Tommy, OC is on the third floor of an apartment building WITHOUT an elevator. (WTF OC, I thought you were in Austin not Angola.) And, the complex does NOT have shelters!

Of course I told OC last night that at the very least he should move to a place that has a subterranean garage. His reply, "No Woodcock I like the view from the third floor balcony. I love to see the little birdies in the morning and the two foot long bats swooping by as the sun starts to set..."

Yea, what ever, bro. Hey Tommy, the next time that you're ap goes off can you post the photo of OC holding on for dear life to one of those little Lakers flags of his as he flies over your house in Alabama.

Big Baby,

understandable about your sentiments re the taking of communion.

el tri got their 3 points, but the goals that weren't allowed are gonna be big if it comes to goal differential to get out of the group; of course el tri defeating croatia would get them in. same goes for el tri if they can manage a point against a brazilian team that besides neymar and oscar doesn't look like any of the former powerhouses that the host country sent to the mundial.

Mr. Woodcock,

i appreciate the skill needed to be a good golfer; however if you are gonna rag on futbol, what about a game that was invented more than 200 years ago by drunken guys wearing skirts?

WHERE HAS MIKE1 GONE?

if he is silent during the mundial, especially with the officiating thus far, i am concerned about his well-being. hope he is doing okay.

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