It's the morning after and my head is still spinning at what happened last night. Game 6 will forever go down as one of the greatest Finals games ever played. It was a microcosm of an entire series as some players and the teams were polarizing at times with the game taking as many 180 turns as a GTA player with a 5 star wanted level. As a fan of the NBA (and neither team in particular), this was just beautiful for the game. I can't wait to see what the Heat and Spurs got in store for Game 7. And I'm prepared for anything. All the stars, and even some role players, have had a defining game in the series, so who's next? How about... T-Mac!?!
Relive Game 6 with some pics, GIFs, and MEMEs below!
A vintage Tim Duncan game (don't be so shocked, Mike Miller)
How about TP's stepback 3 over LeBron to tie it up?
(All images above courtesy of NBA)
The Dunk of the Night by Kawhi Leonard (which now seems nights ago)
The Block of the Night by Chris Bosh (foul on the body?)
The LeBron James Headband Twitter Account of the Night
The LeBron Headband x DaDa Drake MEME of the Night
The Metta World Peace Tweets of the Night
The Shot of the Night
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The Throwback Song of the Day
Public Enemy "He Got Game" (in homage to Jesus Shuttlesworth)
The Finals are here! It features one team we expected at the beginning of the season and one team that many thought would never be back. They are, of course, the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs respectively. (Ouch, look no further than yours truly to see how far I was off on the Spurs, ha!) I am personally very intrigued by this matchup — the first ever to feature 4 previous NBA Finals MVPs (LeBron in '12, Wade in '06, Parker in '07, and Duncan in '99, '03, '05).
So who you got?!
I've got the Spurs in 6. They're firing on all cylinders after the sweep of Memphis, Parker is at an MVP level and can take advantage of the matchups vs. Miami, and Coach Pop is a mastermind of adjustments. Plus, Miami's supporting cast around LeBron was shaky vs. Indiana; can they rebound for the Finals? What do you all think?
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ESPN's Animated Pump-Up for The NBA Finals
Be sure to also get pumped up for tonight with some of the greatest Finals moments artistically animated by ESPN above!
Finally, I couldn't let this NBA post get away without a shoutout and congrats to TBJ — The Basketball Jones! They are the premier, daily NBA podcast and just yesterday reached an amazing milestone of 1000 episodes. I have been listening to every episode this postseason especially, and love their mix of intelligent analysis on the games combined with humorous games they create on their own to cover the ins and outs of the NBA. For any big NBA fan, they're flat out a must-listen. To get a sense of their show and sense of humor, here's Eeeepppisode 1-0-0-0 (*Skeets voice*), which they did a special video rundown for of 20 of the best moments of their 7 years and 1000 epps. Lots of funny videos to see below and more from the ep on their blog here. Subscribe to TBJ on iTunes for their daily podcasts, including today's Game 1 preview. Shoutout to the tastemaker @Euggra for introing me to #TBJ.
Let's end the post though on some hip hop, shall we? As a tribute to TBJ, former Spurs guard and NBATV Analyst, Brent Barry takes on Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady" to list all of the players named "Jones" in NBA History. This is good. And also contains shoutouts from Ernie Johnson and Charles Barkley. Maybe Eminem shouldn't be collaborating with Kendrick Lamar and TDE and get Brent Barry on the phone? Ha!
The Finals are upon us! And if you want to be the ultimate fashionhead amongst your friends for the next couple weeks, look no further then the fresh new hat collection release from Just Don. Designer Don C combines his signature python snakeskin with the classic NBA Finals logo (seriously, that cursive is instant class) and between the various colors and years on the side patches (also a nice touch), you can cop a cap for your favorite Finals. Plus: a couple of vintage Bulls Finals hats are included in the collection. Both are fresh must-haves if you can put down the dollars. The high-end luxury sportswear goes for $400 only at RSVP Gallery.
Not technically in the Finals Collection, but included above, are three of the freshest new releases from Just Don that'll go great with your Grape Js. The black/dark purple Bulls, a Charlotte Hornets lid (the Hornets are coming back!), and a Charlotte Hornets-themed Bulls hat, with the extremely nice touch on the red underbill. These three are variations of the '87 draft caps that a certain first round draft pick that year made most famous...
Scottie Pippen, as a rookie, looking ahead to 6 titles
Related: NBA Finals predictions, anyone? I may just have a post on this tomorrow...