11:03 - No worries NBA Marketing staff, if these defensive battles in the Finals aren’t pumping up the casual fans, I’m sure these incredibly exciting David Blane commercials are doing it… Talk about dry.
11:05 - Here comes the fourth quarter. Nobody can hit a 3. It’s gotta be LeBron-time. He has to take over. JVG is now saying the same thing. This is pretty much the series right here.
11:07 - LeBron TO, Marshall bricks a bad shot from 3, and Barry laces one. Spurs up 8, Cleveland timeout. The difference between Pop and Mike Brown here is the Cavs are unable to create good looks out of timeouts and will force a crappy shot here… either that or LeBron wills one in. We’ll see.
11:09 - Coming out of the timeout a total CF of a play before the ball roles out of bounds, they reset and LeBron bricks a 3… they get it back and Boobie bricks a 3. Not good!
11:11 - Duncan banks one in to go up 10. Someone, anyone drive to the hoop!!! And almost on cue, LeBron flies into the screen takes a pass from Damon Jones on the run and makes a shot as he’s fouled by Duncan.
11:13 - Eric Snow jumping against Duncan. I wonder who will win?
11:14 - Down to a 5 point game, if the Cavs score again Pop definitely calls a TO, but Duncan makes a running scoop shot to quiet the run.
11:17 - 6 minutes left, Finley threads a 3, Cavs down 10 again, Mike Brown timeout. What happened to the sense of urgency in the first quarter? Not good!
11:19 - Finally someone, Pavlovic, hits an open 3 and the Cavs are within 7 again… You know, I really don’t want to think about the Cavs going down 0-3 in this series, but if they do I have a small shred of faith due to the similarities between Boston (with the curse that the media beat into the ground) and Cleveland (with the shot/fumble/drive that the media beats into the ground). Seriously, that’s all I have to hold onto right now.
11:24 - Gooden jumping against Duncan… I wonder who will win?
11:26 - 4 minutes left ABC decides to try a new camera angle. Dear ABC, you suck.
11:27 - Can’t buy a bucket!!!
11:28 - Cavs still down 4, Spurs timeout with 2:20 left. Man, LeBron has had two inside looks that he usually puts down pop in and out on him. If the Spurs score here Cleveland’s in trouble… and we all know how much I’ve been harping on how well the Spurs play coming out of timeouts all night.
11:30 - Coming out of the timeout Manu lobs it to Duncan and he looses it. Bullet dodged.
11:31 - Manu falls on LeBron’s feet as he goes to the hoop and he’ll get shots… He really better make these.
11:32 - LeBron hits them both. Cavs down 2 with 1:55 left!
11:33 - Gooden fouls out with 13 and 12, much better performance from him. Duncan hits both, Cavs down 4 and going with the small lineup.
11:35 - LeBron gets to the hoop. Down 2…
11:35 - Daggers, Parker laces a 3 then Pavlovic answers, 2 point game…
11:36 - With a chance to tie, somehow Varejao takes a spinning scoop layup shot that had about a 1% chance of going. Come on… how can LeBron not be taking that shot? Really, the best shot that could be found there? Seriously? I’m incredulous right now… Somehow Mr. Automatic Manu splits the pair, while I’m complaining, and the Cavs are down 3 with 10 seconds and a chance to tie.
11:38 - Timeout Cavs… if they settle for a LeBron fall-away here I’m going to be really, really angered. Find someone an open shot. I’d be comfortable with Damon Jones, Pavlovic, or Boobie here if they were open.
11:39 - LeBron takes the freebie layup and Manu goes back to the line. This time he hits both as the Cavs call their last timeout, down 3, with 5 seconds, needing a triple to tie… Again, I say find an open shot, no leaning LeBron prayers here. JVG says to watch out for Z who has 3 pt range. If Z takes a 3 here I’m going to lose my lunch.
11:43 - LeBron fires one up from closer to halfcourt than the 3 point line… of course it was because Bowen fouled him and LeBron was trying to get continuation, but the wuss-refs swallowed their whistles… Replay… Yep, all announcers agree that Bowen was TRYING to take a foul as soon as LeBron put the ball on the floor and that it WAS a foul. Thanks refs for blowing the ending. I don’t care if there are 5 seconds left or not, grow a pair and use your whistles.