Originally posted on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 6/18/13
With 28.2 seconds remaining in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, the stage was set for the San Antonio Spurs to claim their fifth NBA championship, as the Spurs had the defending champion Miami Heat on the ropes with a 94-89 lead. But as LeBron James said after the game Tuesday, there’s a reason basketball is a full 48-minutes and not 47:30 minutes. “And you know,” said James of his teams 103-100 overtime victory, “that's why you play the game, to the final buzzer.  And that's what we did tonight.  We gave it everything that we had and more.” For Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, he sees a successful defensive possession as one in which the opposing team misses and your team secures the rebound. Even if the other team misses, you still have to grab the rebound to actually complete a full defensive possession. On Thursday, with a 5-point lead in their hands and 28 seconds left, the Spurs failed to follow their coach’s principle. After Manu Ginobili gave the Spurs that 5-...
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