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The Phils sweep the Marlins thanks to Utley’s solo home run in the eighth inning, as they defeat the fish, 4-3.

Chase Utley rounding basesA solo home run in the eighth inning by a red-hot Chase Utley leads the Phils to a sweep of the Marlins, defeating the fish, 4-3.

The Marlins took the lead in the top of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Casey McGehee hits an RBI single, knocking in Christian Yelich, who had started the game by reaching base on Ryan Howard’s fielding error, before stopping at second base on the error, then moving up to third base on Adeiny Hechavarria’s ground out, 3-unassisted, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The Marlins increased their lead in the top of the second as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Yelich hits an RBI single, scoring Jeff Mathis, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Henderson Alvarez’s sacrifice bunt, making it a 2-0 Marlins’ lead. The Phils would get a run back in the bottom of the third as, with one man out, Howard hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, making it a 2-1 Marlins’ lead. The Marlins would get that run back in the top of the fifth as, with one man out, Garrett Jones hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Marlins a 3-1 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at three-all in their half of the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Wil Nieves hits a two-run double, knocking in Utley, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Dom Brown’s single, and Brown, who had just singled. The Phils would take the lead in the bottom of the eighth as, with two men out, Utley hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would record his third save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Yelich to ground out, 6-3, for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on six hits and three walks, while striking out seven. B. J. Rosenberg pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Antonio Bastardo (1-1, 2.45) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his third save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth. Henderson Alvarez also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up three runs on twelve hits and three walks, while striking out five. A.J. Ramos pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two walks, while striking out two. Mike Dunn (0-1, 6.35) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils belted out thirteen hits in the game, with Tony Gwynn, Jr. (Singles), Chase Utley (Single, Double, Home Run, RBI) and Wil Nieves (2 Singles, Double, 2 RBIs) all leading the team with three hits each. Ryan Howard (Home Run, RBI), Marlon Byrd (Single), Dom Brown (Single) and Kyle Kendrick (Single) had the other four Phils’ hit. The Phils also had six walks (Utley, Howard, Byrd, Brown, Cody Asche (2)), a stolen base (Brown (2)) and a sacrifice bunt (Kendrick)) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Howard).

The Phils (6-6, 3rd) start a four-game series with the Braves (8-4, 1st) with a game that’s already in progress.

The Phils win in extra-innings in walk-off fashion as Jimmy Rollins hits a two-out home run as they defeat the Marlins, 5-4.

Jimmy Rollins hittingThe Phils defeat the Marlins in walk-off fashion on Jimmy Rollins’ two-out solo home run in the bottom of the tenth, winning, 5-4.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with a man on second, and with no one out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Tony Gwynn, Jr., who had started the inning off with a double, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as the still red-hot Chase Utley followed with an RBI double, knocking in Rollins. The Marlins got a run back in the top of the second as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off walk by Jarrod Saltalmacchia, a single by Adeiny Hechavarria, with Saltalmacchia stopping at second base, and an infield single by Christian Yelich, moving up both runners, and with two men out, Saltalmacchia would score on a missed catch fielding error by first baseman Ryan Howard on Marcell Ozuna’s grounder to shortstop Rollins, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead, while Hechavarria would stop at third base, and Yelich would move up to second base, as Ozuna would be safe at first. The Phils would increase their lead in the bottom of the third as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Utley hits an RBI double, his second double of the ballgame, knocking in Gwynn, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Rollins’ ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 4-1 lead as Howard followed with an RBI single, knocking in Utley. The Marlins would get a run back in the top of the fifth as, with one man out, Giancarlo Stanton hits a solo home run, his third home run of the year, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead. The Marlins then tied the game up at four-all in the top of the seventh as, with one man on, and with no one out, Stanton hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the season and his second home run of the game, knocking in Ozuna, who had started the inning off with a single. The Phils would win the game in the bottom of the tenth as, with two men out, Rollins hits a walk-off solo home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Phils a 5-4 walk-off win.

Jonathan Pettibone received a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five. Justin De Fratus blew his first save of the season as he pitched an inning, plus two batters, as he gave up two runs on three hits, as he struck out a batter. Mario Hollands pitched an inning, as he gave up a hit. Antonio Bastardo and Jonathan Papelbon combined for two scoreless innings as they gave up a hit (Papelbon) and two walks (one walk each), between them, while striking out one (Papelbon). B.J. Rosenberg (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Nathan Eovaldi also received a no-decision as he went six and a third innings as he gave up four runs on seven hits, while striking out five. A.J. Ramos pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk. Mike Dunn and Carlos Marmol combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Dunn) and a walk (Marmol), between them, while striking out three (Marmol). Dan Jennings (0-1, 1.80) took the lost as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, a walk-off home run.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Rollins leading the ballclub with three hits, two singles and a solo home run, knocking in two runs, followed by Tony Gwynn, Jr. (Single, Double), Utley (Doubles, 2 RBIs) with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Single, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Single) had the other two Phils’ hit. The Phils also had two walks (Ruiz, Freddy Galvis) and a stolen base (Ruiz (1)) in the game, as well as a man caught stealing (Ruiz), while the defense committed an error (Howard) and an outfield assist (Gwynn) and performed a doubleplay.

The Phils end their four-game losing streak as they defeat the Marlins, 6-3.

Domonic BrownThe Phils win their first game at home as they defeat the Marlins, 6-3.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Marlin Byrd hits an RBI double, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier reached base on a force out, 6-4, as Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out, then moved up to second base on Ryan Howard’s walk, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Howard, who had just walked, over to third base. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Dom Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Howard, before Byrd is thrown out at home plate by right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, 9-2, for the inning’s final out. The Marlins would tie the game up at two-all in the top of the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Derek Dietrich hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Jarrod Saltalamacchia, as he earlier reached base on a force out. The Phils retook the lead in the bottom of the third as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off walk to Tony Gwynn, Jr., a walk to Jimmy Rollins, moving Gwynn up to second base and a single by Utley, moving up both runners, and with nobody out, Howard had an RBI walk, forcing in Gwynn, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while moving both Rollins and Utley up a base. Marlins’ starter Jose Fernandez then got himself out of trouble by striking out Byrd, Brown and Carlos Ruiz, all swinging, leaving the bases loaded. The Marlins then made a threat of their own in the top of the fifth as they loaded up the bases via a lead-off single by Marcell Ozuna, who then moved up to second base on pitcher A.J. Burnett’s wild pitch, then walks to first Garrett Jones and then to Casey McGehee, moving up both runners, and with one man out, after Burnett was taken out of the game for an injury, Jake Diekman got the Phils out of trouble by striking out both Saltalmacchia and Dietrich, swinging. The Phils then added to their lead in their half of the fifth as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, who had started the inning off with a triple, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. After Howard followed with a single, moving Utley up to second base, the Phils took a 5-2 lead as Byrd hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, while sending Howard up to second base. Two batters later, after Brown hits a single which loaded up the bases as both Howard and Byrd moved up a base, the Phils took a 6-2 lead as Ruiz hits into a 4-6-3 doubleplay. wiping out Brown at second base for the inning’s first out, while Howard scored, and Byrd moved up to third base. The Marlins would get a run back in the top of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jeff Baker hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Saltalmacchia, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base as pinch-hitter Reed Johnson was hit by the pitch, then moved up to third on Adeiny Hechavarria’s fly out to right, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead. But that would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his second save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, getting Jones to fly out to center for the game’s final out.

A.J. Burnett threw a no-decision as he pitched four and a third innings, giving up two runs on five hits, six walks and a wild pitch, while striking out four. Jake Diekman (1-0, 4.26) got the win as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out both men whom he would face. Mario Hollands pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits , while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning, giving up a run on a walk and a hit batter, while striking out one. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his second save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jose Fernandez (2-1, 3.78) pitched four innings, plus four batters, as he gave up six runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out six. Kevin Slowey pitched three innings, giving up two hits and two walks. Steve Cishek pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Triple), Chase Utley (Singles, RBI), Marlon Byrd (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) and Dom Brown (Singles, RBI) all leading the team with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Single, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Double) had the other two Phils’ hits, while the other Phil run came in on a bases loaded doubleplay. The Phils also had seven walks (Tony Gwynn, Jr., Rollins (2), Utley, Howard (2), Freddy Galvis), a stolen base (Rollins (2)) and a sacrifce bunt (Gwynn, Jr.) in the game, while the defense performed a doubleplay.

The Phils (4-6, T-4th) continued their series with the Marlins (5-6, 3rd) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will be sending to the mound Jonathan Pettibone (0-0, -.-), who will be making his first start of 2014. The Marlins will counter with Nathan Eovaldi (1-1, 3.46), who is coming off a lost against the Padres on April 6, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits, while striking out eight, in the Marlins’ 4-2 lost. He will be trying to end the Marlins’ present slide. The Phils will be going for the series win.

James Flippin and Billy Dowling react to the ongoing Dolphins fiasco on The MTR Morning Show

James and Billy (filling in for Joey Baboots) discussed the ongoing saga down in Miami, where Richie Incognito has been suspended and Jonathan Martin has left the team after allegations of bullying.

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Miami Marlins: Fish hit loss 100

The Miami Marlins dropped a pitcher’s duel to the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 at Marlins Park on Tuesday night to fall to 58-100 on the season. The loss marks just the second 100-loss season in franchise history and the first since 1998 when the then Florida Marlins finished just 54-108 one year after winning the World Series.

Losing 100 games this season seemed inevitable for Miami, but it is encouraging that it took until the week of the season for it to happen. After 54 games, exactly one-third of the season, the Marlins were just 13-41 and on pace to surpass the 1962 New York Mets as the worst team in recent history. Instead, Miami will at worst be only 11 games off last year’s pace. Only that collection of players was expected to contend and had a bloated payroll.

Since May 31st, the play of the young Marlins has been downright encouraging despite a sub-.500 45-59 record since that time. Miami went on to win more games in June this season than in the previous two Junes combined. And as the 2013 season comes to a close, the Marlins and manager Mike Redmond, who was a catcher on the 1998 team that lost 108 games, will head into 2014 with much to feel good about.

Despite injuries early on, Giancarlo Stanton went on to have another solid year in terms of production while having no real protection anywhere in the lineup. Stanton leads Miami with 24 home runs, which ranks in the top 10 in the National League, and 58 RBIs. Miami also has a number of very good young outfielders that will look to join Stanton for a number of years to come including Christian Yelich, who has hit .286 in 59 games this season.

While neither Logan Morrison nor Chris Coghlan had spectacular seasons, each showed signs from time to time of reaching his potential. For a short period of time before another injury, Coghlan looked to be returning to the form offensively that helped him win the Rookie of the Year award in 2009. While Morrison had yet another under-performing, injury-plagued season, his immediate return from the disabled list really helped pick up a struggling offense early on.

While Morrison and Coghlan could find themselves at the corner infield positions next season, the middle of the infield has a pair of promising young players in Adeiny Hechavarria and Donovan Solano. Hechavarria certainly needs to improve with the bat, but defensively is already one of the better fielding shortstops in the National League and is capable of making plays that so few can. Solano is a bit more polished at the plate, but has come a long way defensively as well this season according to coach Perry Hill, who works with the Miami infielders.

The real strength going forward for Miami however is on the mound. While 21-year-old rookie, Jose Fernandez, captivated the league and blossomed into a legitimate ace for Miami finishing with a 12-6 record and a 2.19 ERA, the Marlins have a number of good looking arms behind him. While the win-loss records are not great, Nate Eovaldi, Henderson Alvarez and Jacob Turner all have an ERA under four this season and each is just 23 years old.

In the bullpen, Steve Cishek has had one of the best years ever for a Marlins closer. Cishek had a rough April, but has converted 27 straight saves for Miami and has been lights out of late. Since May 16th, Cishek has posted just a 1.39 ERA and his earned run average on the season is just 2.43. Cishek also has a better than three-to-one strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Although 2013 has not been a season to remember for the Miami Marlins, there is much to feel good about moving forward. The Marlins have a number of good young outfield prospects, a slew of good young arms and Redmond has seemed to get the most out of his team on a nightly basis. Miami also has one of the brightest young pitchers in all of baseball in Jose Fernandez and one of the premier power-hitters in Giancarlo Stanton. While 2013 has been a year to forget for the Marlins, things are looking up in the not so distant future and Mike Redmond appears to be the right guy to have in the dugout.

As a player, Redmond was on a 100-loss team for the Marlins while also being a member of the 2003 club that won the World Series. It’s not going to happen overnight, but Redmond is certainly hopeful that he can stick around long enough to see it done as a manager as well.

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Cliff Lee strike out fourteen batters and knocked in four RBIs on his way to his fourteenth victory of the season as the Phils defeat the fish, 12-2.

Cliff LeePhils’ starter Cliff Lee wins his fourteenth game of the season, as he help his own cause by knocking in four RBIs, as the Phils crush the Marlins, 12-2.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first inning as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, as he knocked in Cesar Hernandez, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Jimmy Rollins’ ground-rule double, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Rollins, who had earlier doubled, on to third base. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the third inning as, with two men on, and with one man out, Utley hits a three-run home run, his seventeenth home run of the season, knocking in Hernandez, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Rollins’ walk, and Rollins, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 5-0 lead three batters later as, once again with two men on, and now with two men out, Cody Asche hits an RBI single, knocking in Dom Brown, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Darin Ruf’s walk, as he bowled over Marlins’ catcher Jeff Mathis, as he was unable to hold onto right fielder Giancarlo Stanton’s throw to the plate, while Ruf, who had just walked, would move up to third base, while Asche would stop at second base on the throw to the plate. The Phils then took a 7-0 lead two batters later, after Roger Bernadina had walked to load up the bases, as Cliff Lee helped out his own cause with an RBI single, scoring Ruf and Asche, while sending Bernadina on to third base. The Marlin got on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Adeiny Hechavarria hits an RBI single, knocking in Justin Ruggiano, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Logan Morrison’s ground out, 3-unassisted, making it a 7-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils got the run back in their half of the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Lee helped his cause again as he hits an RBI triple, the first triple of his major league career, knocking in Ruf, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Phils an 8-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 9-1 lead as Hernandez hits an RBI single, scoring Lee. The Marlins made it a 9-2 Phils’ lead in the top of the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ruggiano hits an RBI double, knocking in Ed Lucas, who had started the inning off with a double. The Phils increased their lead in their half of the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ruf hits a two-run home run, his fourteenth home run of the season, knocking in Brown, who had just walked, giving the Phils an 11-2 lead. The Phils made it a 12-2 lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, Lee helped his cause one more time as he hits an RBI single, knocking in Bernadina, who had started the inning off with a triple. That would be the final score as Ethan Martin pitched a scoreless ninth.

Cliff Lee (14-6, 2.95) got the win as he went eight strong innings, giving up just two runs on eight scattered hits, while he struck out fourteen. Ethan Martin pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a walk, while striking out one. Sam Dyson (0-1, 9.28) took the lost as he lasted only two and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out a batter. Arquimedes Caminero pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit. Chris Hatcher pitched two innings, giving up four runs on four hits and a walk, striking out three. Dan Jennings pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out four.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Cliff Lee (2 Singles, Triple, 4 RBIs) leading the team with three hits, followed by Cesar Hernandez (Singles, RBI), Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double), Chase Utley (Single, Home Run, 4 RBIs) and Darin Ruf (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) all following with two hits each. Dom Brown (Single), Cody Asche (Single, RBI) and Roger Bernadina (Triple) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had five walks (Hernandez, Rollins, Brown, Ruf and Bernadina).

The Phils (70-80, 3rd) will continue their series with the Marlins (55-95, 5th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Halladay (3-4, 7.28), who is coming off a no-decision against the Padres on September 12, as he went four and one-third innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on four hits and five walks, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 10-5 win. He will be trying to get back into pitching shape. The Marlins will counter with Brian Flynn (0-1, 10.13), who is coming off a lost to the Braves on September 12, as he went four innings, giving up six runs on six hits and six walks, while striking out four, in the Marlins’ 6-1 lost. Flynn will be trying to keep from being smack again. The Phils will be trying for another series win at home.

MTR Morning Show Best Of – Game 7 NBA Finals Break Down – 6/21/13

James and Joey give their reaction to the NBA Finals and the Miami Heat’s back to back championships.

MTR Morning Show Best Of 6-21-13

James and Joey

James and Joey

Can we Now Say LeBron and Michael in the Same Sentence?

Every sports generation has its defining player.  In the 70s and 80s it was Dr. J.  Then there was Michael Jordan and now there is LeBron James.

He has now taken two different team to the NBA finals 4 times with two wins and two MVPs.  At only 28 his career is in its prime.  How he will be judged from this point forward is irrelevant.  How many more titles he wins is irrelevant.  That said:

He is the greatest player of this generation.

 

 

San Antonio Spurs @ Miami Heat: NBA Finals Game 7 Preview

There’s one game remaining to determine the NBA Champions for this season. The Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs will clash in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. San Antonio was 28 seconds away from winning their fifth NBA Title when Miami made their move. LeBron James and Ray Allen stepped up and made two huge 3-pointers to force overtime before taking Game 6 in dramatic fashion. The Heat have to carry over the momentum  if they expect to cash in consecutive opportunities at an NBA title. All season, both teams have battled for the chance to call their team champions. On Thursday night, AmericanAirlines Arena will be the place that crowns the 2013 NBA World Champions beginning at 9 ET.

James and company spoiled the Spurs celebration after leaving Game 6 with an overtime win. After struggling from the field through the first three quarters, the MVP showed up in the fourth quarter and overtime to help put his team in contention to play in a must win game. James was magnificent during his latter part of  the game, totaling 18 points during the fourth quarter and overtime shooting 8 of 14 from the field. He recorded his fourth triple-double in the NBA Finals and second in the series finishing with 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.

Miami has the home court advantage and will try to use it to their benefit to win another title. They won the title behind “The Big Three” of James, Wade and Bosh, beating the Thunder five games last year. Those three came together in Miami to win multiple championships and will play for their second in three years.  It will take a maximum effort game for the Heat to earn one win to make their dreams a reality. The Heat will have a significant advantage as the home team has won the last five Game 7′s,

San Antonio let game 6 slip away in the final moments after fighting back from a slim fourth quarter deficit. They were in control for most of the game with Tim Duncan leading the charge. Duncan is in search of his fifth championship and had his monster 30-point 17 rebound game wasted by the late game collapse from he and his teammates. The Spurs version of “The Big Three,” Duncan along with Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili failed to make an impact down the stretch and it cost the team a a win. They will have to get the taste of a heartbreaking loss out of their mouths in order to get a road win in Game 7 of the Finals. With plenty of championship pedigree, they will be determined to close out unfinished business in the series finale.

The Heat and the Spurs will play in the first Game 7 of the NBA Finals since 2010 when the Lakers beat the Celtics. San Antonio has experience in a winner-take-all game when they defeated the Pistons in 2005 to win the championship. Miami has not encountered a Game 7 in the Finals but will be facing elimination for the second straight series. The Heat are 2-0 in Game 7′s since James, Wade and Bosh arrived, both games were at home, which is where the game will be played on Thursday night.

It’s going to be a test of who wants to win the game more and which team is willing to sacrifice in order to win the ultimate team prize. The Heat have a chance to live up to the expectations put on the team by pulling out a victory in the deciding game. James, Wade and Bosh promised to get multiple rings during their tenures in Miami and they can make good on that promise. For a team that has had a 27-game winning streak, they will need to win consecutive games in the series. These are the moments that superstars live for and there’s no better way to define your legacy than by winning the most important game of the NBA season.

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The 2013 NBA Finals: Heat Escape Game 6 in OT

Twitter thought the game was over. I thought the game was over, twice! Miami was down 13 in the 4th, then down 5 with less than 30 seconds left. Security people were getting ready to bring the trophy on the court. A yellow rope around the sidelines was prepared to prevent fans from storming the court after the Spurs win. The Finals MVP ballots were being distributed to the voters. A bunch of Heat “fans” left with still time on the clock (Im glad they were not allowed back in during OT). I did not stop watching until the end and I got rewarded with an epic game and an instant classic. This game had a dominant first half by Duncan which was followed by a monster 4th quarter by LeBron. There were highlights allover the place including a facial by Kawhi Leonard and a couple of Wade drives to the paint. Heck, we even saw LeBron without a headband and Mike Miller without a shoe. This was the best game and most exciting thing Ive seen this year. My heart was pounding during the 4th quarter and OT. I can only hope, wish and pray that Game 7 will be a better game.

#tripdub #bosh #JesusSaves

LeBron James came alive in the 4th quarter and overtime to help save Miami’s season for one more game. The Heat needed his triple double (2nd of the Finals) to force overtime, then some more luck to see Game 7 on Thursday. James was struggling scoring in the first 3 quarters with just 14 points and on some occasions, LBJ could not capitalize when Diaw was guarding him. James had a lot of help in securing this win. Chris Bosh was great defensively in OT and he finished with his 4th double-double of the series. Bosh helped limit Duncan to 5 points in the 2nd half plus Bosh made two key blocks in OT to preserve the Heat win. The biggest shot of the night went to Ray Allen who made a clutch corner three to force OT after a Bosh offensive rebound. Allen was quiet early on but he scored 9 points in the 4th and overtime. Miami also got major contributions from Mario Chalmers who led Miami in scoring in the first half. Super Mario was a welcome sight to Heat fans. Shane Battier finally made his shots as he made 3 threes while Mike Miller finished with 8 points and 7 rebounds including a shoe-less 3-pointer. D-Wade was sloppy and ineffective with his shot selections. He finished with a team worst -20.

#Timmy #Kawhi #Manu

Tim Duncan wanted no part of Game 7. He unleashed a vintage performance that saw him outscore Miami’s Big 3 all by himself in the first half. Timmy was so dominant to start the game as he showed Bosh all his moves which thoroughly embarrassed Bosh. Duncan had 25 points and 8 rebounds on 11 of 13 shooting in the opening half. The latter part of the game was a different story as TD only scored 5 points. Miami defended him better and maybe Duncan got tired after he played 44 minutes, easily his most of the season. Danny Green had a forgettable game of just 3 points as Miami finally clamped down on him defensively. Meanwhile, the hero of Game 5 Manu Ginobili struggled mightily with just 9 points and 8 turnovers including 2 in overtime. Tony Parker didnt shoot well until he made 2 clutch baskets in regulation to give the Spurs a 5-point lead. He did not score in OT. Kawhi Leonard was their most consistent player but he missed a crucial free throw in regulation that could have iced the game for the Spurs. Can the Spurs recover and bounce back in Game 7? The world will be watching.

#ThisIsIt #ForAlltheMarbles #Game7

This series has been amazing. It’s only right to have a Game 7 to decide the best team of 2012-13. Anything can happen and it does not matter that Miami has home-court. The Spurs already won in South Beach and losing Game 6 in disappointing fashion does not automatically make the Heat champions. If Miami loses Game 7, their epic win will only serve as a footnote to a failed season. Their 27-game win streak will not be forgotten but its brilliance will be diminished. No team has an advantage for Game 7 especially with momentum being non-existent in the Finals. Miami has not won consecutive games in 5 weeks while the Spurs have not lost 2 straight since the start of the playoffs. Will Miami play with intensity and desperation for the whole game or will they only show up once the Spurs are leading? Can the Spurs forget their latest loss and recover in Game 7? Will LBJ be in attack mode immediately after the opening tip or will he be passive again? Can Manu and/or Timmy deliver one more vintage game for the trophy? Will Danny Green continue his hot shooting? Will Wade be a positive influence and can Bosh provide another strong defensive game? So many questions but so little answers. Anyway, we will know on Thursday.

#Player of the Night
LeBron James (Heat) – 32 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists and  a dominant 4th quarter run

#Highlights of the Night
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Classic Game 6 Recap

#Tweets of the Nights

He Got Game: Ray Allen saves Heat’s season from — where else? — the three-point line
Ray Allen: “When it went in, I was ecstatic. But at the same time, I was expecting to make it.”

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