The International Blogtable: Epic Win Or Devastating Collapse?


Every week, the International Blogtable brings together some of the best basketball minds from around the world, posing a burning question to writers and editors from the NBA's fleet of international web destinations. It's a BIG world, after all.
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One way or the other on Game 6: Did the Heat take it, or the Spurs give it away?
Pawel Weszka
Editor, NBA Africa

Despite Tim Duncanís loneliness on the offensive end in the first half, the Spurs had looked the better team until the LeBron James show started in the fourth quarter. It looked like the Heat were going to seal it and then Tony Parker woke up with a couple of key and spectacular plays. The Spurs were on the way to their fifth championship again until Ray Allenís I-can-not-believe-it shot that changed it all. It was the Spursí best (last?) chance to clinch the title, but they didnít take it away. Miami took it. And they are back in the driver's seat now.
Adriano Albuquerque
Blogger, NBA Brasil

A little bit of both, but the most prevalent feeling is that the Spurs gave it away. They did have a double-digit lead entering the fourth and all of a sudden couldn't hit, then they missed key free throws to keep the Heat at bay in the final seconds of regulation, then they made turnovers and bad plays in overtime. And the blame is on everyone, too -- Parker, Duncan, Ginobili -- not just the younger guys.
Hanson Guan
Editor, NBA China

I think it was the Heat who made it happen at a moment of life-and-death. There was an outburst of power from them, particularly Lebron James. Outraged to see the venue ready for Spurs' jubilant celebrations, he was brimming with the will to win. He singlehandedly dropped 18 points in the fourth quarter and extra time. Of course, Ray Allen's life-saving 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left was key to Heat's eventual triumph, too. But in the end, the team deserved this.
Philipp Dornhegge

I'm not a fan of diminishing a winning team's accomplishments, but this game was over. With 28 seconds left, fans were streaming towards the doors, the Spurs only needed one more free-throw from Manu or Leonard. And they both missed. Then they failed to foul the Heat before the shot, then they failed to grab a defensive rebound twice. And in the overtime Miami took advantage of two more turnovers by Manu, who played disastrous overall. Allen's three was epic, though.
Eduardo Schell
Editor, NBA EspaŮa

The Opera ain't over until the fat lady sings, and Miami has too many weapons at its disposal to close out games (Ray Allen, Wade, LeBron), along with potential shot-makers like Chalmers, Miller, Bosh or Battier. So you cant say they're dead at least until two weeks after they're buried. That being said I do think the Spurs gave it away, and it's shocking because they're experienced and well-coached. But you just cant simply let others camp in your paint and grab two crucial rebounds after Diaw enters the game twice in the last 28 seconds. Miami showed pride, tons of pride winning this one. And Pops should have gone Euro-style preventing those three's with fouls. Its the ABC of Eurobasketball.
Stefanos Triantafyllos
Editor, NBA Greece

The Spurs gave it away. They lost consecutive defense rebounds, free throws and -- most shockingly -- their coolness in the final seconds and the overtime. The worst part was that at the same time the Heat looked like a drowning man, gasping for air and seeking to grab a hand. They had poor shot selection and, as the Greeks say, they "fell off Acropolis and found a wallet." And I am not starting to debate about coach Pop's decision not to foul, a tactic really common in European basketball when the team is ahead by three.
Karan Madhok
Blogger, NBA India

A little of both. The Heat fought til the very end and, of course, luck played a part in their incredible comeback. But the Spurs couldnít close off the deal and allowed Miami to get lucky. A couple of missed free-throws and a couple of lost rebounds were the difference between championship and defeat. When youíre so close to your destination, you canít give any team even a sniff of a chance; the Spurs gave life to the most dangerous team in the league.
Davide Chinellato
Editor, NBA Italia

The Heat took it. LeBron took over early in the fourth, then Miamiís huge defense and Ray Allenís awesome three pointer forced an OT. The Spurs made a lot of mistakes, but the way the Heat played after three awful quarters make me say they took it. They just never gave up.