One of the greatest quotable movies of all time is "Tombstone." Starring Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer, the movie tells the classic story of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. If you haven't seen it, do yourself a favor and check it out.
I couldn't help but think about how many lines could be applied to this series so far. So, with apologies to Bill Simmons, here is my tribute to the Spurs as they prepare for closing out the Heat. Even though the final credits haven't rolled yet, I think we pretty much know how the movie ends.
(1) Make no mistake, it's not revenge he's after. It's a reckonin'.
To Tim Duncan. From the moment he stated the obvious after the Western Conference Finals victory over OKC, it's been obvious he was primed for this series. Even without being dominant statistically, his leadership and desire have been evident since Game 1.
(2) You ever seen somethin' like that before? Hell, I never even heard of something like that.
To the team's unreal performance in the first half of Game 3. Enough has been written about that first half already, and Pop's quote about it is right---we'll never see that type of offensive performance again. (Although of course, we had a preview of it in Game 1....) Still, it was incredible to see.
(3) I'm your huckleberry.
Who else? Kawhi Leonard, who has personally taken it upon himself to destroy the Heat. Get used to media, young man. Fortunately, you have some great teachers to instruct you on how to maintain your cool demeanor while dealing with the microphones.
(4) You tell 'em I'M coming... and hell's coming with me, you hear?...Hell's coming with me!
Kawhi again. He's only 22? Sweet Jesus. He's only 22! When I was 22, I wasn't sure what I was doing with the rest of my life. But of course, I didn't have these skills.
(5) Oh. Johnny, I apologize; I forgot you were there. You may go now.
To the Spurs defense, which has rendered Miami's supporting cast completely irrelevant.
(6) Ah, yes. Well, this happens to be a nocturne.
You know, Frederic (bleeping) Chopin.
To Gregg Popovich and his coaching staff, for continuing to orchestrate the symphony that is the Spurs offense, even if most of the media can't quite figure it out. Especially the international media. Seriously, nobody prepped this guy beforehand?
(7) You skin that smoke wagon and we'll see what happens!
To the much maligned Tiago Splitter. After they resigned him following last year's disappearing act in the Finals, many questioned whether he was worth the money. Doubtful they'd be here without his solid defense on Nowitzki in Round 1 and Aldridge in Round 2. Even though his starting status has changed out of necessity for the matchups as the playoff progessed...well, let's just say his impact is still there.
(8) Where is he? Down by the creek, walking on water.
To Boris Diaw. Just, well...
(9) Maybe poker's just not your game Ike. I know! Let's have a spelling contest!
Dwayne Wade has been a great player for so long, it's almost sad to see this. And I don't think he's completely done yet. But I think this play speaks volumes.
Game 5 on. To quote Tombstone one more time:
"All right. Let's finish it.
Indeed, sir. The last charge of Wyatt Earp and his immortals."