The International Blogtable: What's Ahead in Game 7?


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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What do you expect out of Game 7?
Pawel Weszka
Editor, NBA Africa

Can we really be surprised once more in these NBA Finals? There is one thing I am certain of Ė Miami will come out with a renewed sense of urgency, something we had to wait for 36 minutes in Game 6. LeBronís legacy is on the line and as much as I think San Antonio is capable of winning the next game, if James and Wade go out there like there is no tomorrow (and it seems that at least James starts loving those moments), there just may not be one for San Antonio. Just keep an eye on LeBronís headbandÖ
Adriano Albuquerque
Blogger, NBA Brasil

After such an emotional and draining Game 6, obviously I expect the Spurs to be tired and showing their age. I expect the Heat to be pumped-up and full of swagger. I expect a game more like Games 2 through 5, when a team broke open the game in the third quarter and held on to win. And I expect to be wrong on every single one of those - again. This series has had so many "Forever is BIG" moments, that the only thing I really expect is one more of those.
Hanson Guan
Editor, NBA China

The performance of James in Game 6 was reminiscent of the sixth game in last year's Eastern Conference Finals against the Celtics. A bloodthirsty James evened the series at 3-3 by going for 45 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists before the Heat advanced through Game 7. I expect a phenomenal performance from James in Game 7, in which he may create a dynasty of his own by conquering the Spurs and defend the title.
Philipp Dornhegge

I was taken by how much the Spurs laid it all on the table and possibly expended more energy than they could afford. The physical toll that Game 6 took, combined with the mental fatigue after such a heartbreaking loss could be all the Heat need to win Game 7. The relief LeBron displayed after the game might bode well for Miami, should he play more freely in Game 7. On the other hand, it might mean that Miami takes another step back in terms of intensity, and LeBron himself is certainly not super-fresh. Honestly? I have no idea what will happen.
Eduardo Schell
Editor, NBA EspaŮa

After Game 6, for some one of the best games in Finals history, Game 7 should be awesome because it's a do-or-die. That said, it might be difficult to reach the same level of awesomeness. San Antonio needs to clear their mind, forget all their sins on court, think it's a one-game series and remember that they know how to win in Miami. The Heat need another awesome game by LBJ and help by DW, CB, Chalmers and Ray Allen. The team that makes less mistakes will win.
Stefanos Triantafyllos
Editor, NBA Greece

I expect the same mentality from LeBron James: the MVP will decide the game. Either he will lose it, or he will win it, as he tried to do in the last plays of the game, when he took all the shots for Miami. In Game 6 Ray Allen gave him a big help with that three from the corner and now it's LBJ's time to shine. I also expect the Spurs to be disappointed by the way the lost the previous game and I strongly believe that if the Heat take the early lead, they will blow them out.
Karan Madhok
Blogger, NBA India

Although itíll be tough to top the historical performances of Game 6, I expect Game 7 to also go the distance and be decided in the last minutes. Both these teams have too much fight and too much talent, and this game means too much for the legacies of the greats involved for either side to slip up. Although Miami feels like they have the momentum now (and the home court advantage), I think that the Spurs will make the adjustments required to bounce back and finish the job.
Davide Chinellato
Editor, NBA Italia

I expect the Heat to win by a double-digit margin. The Spurs were so close that the rings were already forged. But the Heat showed some pride and took Game 6: they have the momentum now and I expect a big game from LeBron (with his headband on).