It looked like the long, physical series with the Indiana Pacers took an early toll on the Heat as they ran out of gas down the stretch. In the final seven minutes of the fourth quarter, Miami bounced four three-pointers while relinquishing the lead. The final one from Chris Bosh appeared to be perfect execution by the Spurs defense, holding a four-point lead the Spurs simply left the big man open to let it fly, then hauled in the rebound.
Of course, the Spurs still needed a near-miracle bank shot from Tony Parker to put away the game, so this series appears to have a long way to go before being decided. I have to admit, for much of the game I was "kinda" rooting for the Heat since they just beat the Pacers. But with that Miami crowd and the Heat players' reactions, I thoroughly enjoyed the ending.
Also, Denver fired the NBA Coach of the Year, George Karl which puts Karl in play for other openings, but also adds a team to the list of suitors for Brian Shaw. Finally saw some news on Detroit's open spot, with Mo Cheeks emerging as a leading candidate. With Phil Jackson helping the Pistons, that figured to be Shaw's fall-back plan. If they are moving in another direction, then Shaw must be closing in on a better job, which at this point appears to be Brooklyn or the L.A. Clippers.
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