Game Six: Is It the Big Three vs the Big Three Plus?

Published on 18-Jun-2013 by Chips 10

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Game Six: Is It the Big Three vs the Big Three Plus?

The San Antonio Spurs can win their fifth NBA championship tonight with one more victory over the Miami Heat.

If they do, it will be because they are a true team that does not depend on one or two or even three players.

The Spurs have gotten contributions from all of their Big Three -- Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili -- but have also had Danny Green and Gary Neal have great games during the playoffs and in the finals.

Parker was the star in Game One, a 92-88 Spurs victory, hitting the clinching shot and scoring 21 points. Duncan had 20 points while Ginobili added 13 and the Spurs were up one game to none.

Game Two was a Miami rout, as the Heat made sure they would not lose two games in a row at home to start the series. Miami's 'Big Three' played well, but Mario Chalmers led the way with 19 points in the win.

San Antonio came back in Game Three with a 113-77 win, and the leading scorers for the Spurs were Danny Green and Gary Neal with 27 and 24 points respectively. This took the pressure off Duncan, who had 14, while Ginobili and Parker did not even hit double figures.

In Game Four, it was all the Miami Big Three as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh had 33, 32, and 20 points respectively. The Heat won, 109-93, even though Ray Allen was the only other Miami player in double figures.

The Spurs put forward a total team effort in Game Five with five players in double figures as they won, 114-104. Parker had 26 while Green and Ginobili added 24 each as Ginobili started for the first time all season. Ducan added 17 in the Spurs final home game of the campaign while another non-Big Three player, Kawhi Leonard, added 16 points.

What has to happen for San Antonio to rasie the championship thophy on the road this week? Their Big Three has to contribute, but the rest of the players, especially Green, Neal, Leonard, and Tiago Splitter have to be on their game while holding Miami's non-Big Three down like they have for most of the series.