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Game 6 Of The NBA Finals Leaves Matt Dery Shaking His Head

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MIAMI, FL - JUNE 18: Tony Parker #9 of the San Antonio Spurs walks past 'The Finals' logo on court while playing the Miami Heat during Game Six of the 2013 NBA Finals on June 18, 2013 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

MIAMI, FL – JUNE 18: Tony Parker #9 of the San Antonio Spurs walks past ‘The Finals’ logo on court while playing the Miami Heat during Game Six of the 2013 NBA Finals on June 18, 2013 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

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By: Matt Dery

1. How did the Spurs let that game get away last night? I will admit it, I don’t like the Heat. I happen to respect the heck out of LeBron James and the immense amount of pressure that he is under, but I can’t root for him. San Antonio had Game 6 in the bag last night and somehow it slipped through their fingertips. You have to make free throws and you have to secure rebounds and the Spurs did not do that. Ray Allen bailed out LeBron. Period.

2. I am a big Gregg Popovich fan. I love his in-game interviews with the sideline reporters and I think he is brilliant as a coach. But he messed up last night. Tim Duncan not being on the floor for Miami’s final possession in regulation was a huge mistake and then in overtime, why wasn’t Tony Parker on the court for the Spurs second to last touch? I didn’t get it last night and I still don’t understand it.

3. Can we please stop comparing James to Michael Jordan? The Spurs are basically daring LeBron to shoot the ball from 16 feet and out. No team would have EVER given MJ that kind of airspace. Enough with the comparisons.

4. I have to give the Tigers’ Jhonny Peralta his due. For the past few years, I have given Jhonny a lot of grief because, quite frankly, he was a real dog his last two seasons in Cleveland. I saw it firsthand. Jhonny seems to be rejuvenated this season and is hitting the ball hard and has really carried that bottom of the Tigers order. He is also laying off that breaking ball low and away and that has brought his OBP way up. .385 is the highest it has ever been for him.

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