I, like many of us, really want this Win and this Championship. Many picked the Spurs to win in six and some in 7 e.g. the NBA.com writers etc. The Heat, too, can win in six or seven. Most think that if the Spurs don't win tonight that the Heat effectively have won the championship. That is not the case. It is going to be difficult, no doubt, but still not the case. Its always been a one game at a time when it comes to a series e.g. the teams that blew 3-1 leads.
<p> I found myself the most emotional - I've ever been for the duration of a game throughout Game 4 - with Game 6 last year a very close behind. I find that my emotional attachment to games grew as a result as my attachment to this team's organization, players, culture, fans, and city grew (since I was a child being a fan of David Robinson which grew to being a Spurs fan watching the humility and greatness of Duncan in 99. Since then, I've been a Spurs fan - usually the only one in Los Angeles).
<p> Game 4 was a very demoralizing loss. I watched as one of my favorite players in Manu get ripped in comments and media alike. I, for one too, as much as I'm rooting for Ginobili has found myself cringing at his off balanced threes in this series or when he seemed to have forgot how to dribble. I found myself angry at referees for not calling fouls on his arm when he drives or calling tick tack fouls. Ginobili, though, has shown flashes that its there - the dunk against the Lakers, the dunks in Game 3, the passes, and as someone else pointed out - his turnovers rate is actually around the same rate as during the season in this series. Its his assists that are down - largely due to Miami's defense. And sometimes he does shoot early in the shot clock and the ill advised one against Golden State and Memphis - as ill advised as they are - he can make. And he has done so many times before and to add the unpredictability that we needed in the past.
<p> I'm digressing - the point I wanted to win or lose - and I really want this win for Duncan, Ginobili, the team, the organization - is that I'd want to support this team win or lose. That win or lose - I want to emphasize that I'm very proud of this team- especially to Parker to play to risk injury. And that life like Pop has said is bigger than basketball: our relationships, our health, and for us to continue supporting our team win or lose tonight and the series. For us to appreciate their efforts heart, skill, the quality people that they are, and not the outcome.
<p> Perhaps without coincidence, today is Father's Day. Happy Fathers Day. And GO SPURS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!