Posted June 21, 2013

Spurs’ Tim Duncan says Finals Game 7 loss to Heat will ‘haunt’ him

2013 NBA Finals, Ben Golliver, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan says NBA FInals Game 7 loss will 'haunt him'

Tim Duncan lamented a few key late miscues in San Antonio’s Game 7 loss. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

MIAMI — A forlorn Tim Duncan struggled to find the words after the Spurs fell to the Heat 95-88 in Game  7 on Thursday, marking the first Finals defeat of his illustrious career.

Although San Antonio came within 5.2 seconds of capturing Duncan’s fifth championship in Game 6, the 14-time All-Star said that the Spurs’ Game 7 defeat will be the one that sticks with him.

“Game 7, missing a lay-up to tie the game, making a bad decision down the stretch,” he said. “Just unable to stop Dwyane [Wade] and LeBron [James]. Probably, for me, Game 7 is always going to haunt me.”

With Miami leading 90-88 with just one minute remaining, Duncan missed a hook shot deep in the paint and then was unable to convert point-blank tip-in that would have tied the game.

The Spurs did not score the rest of the way, as James nailed a jumper before the Heat hit three free throws to seal their third title in franchise history. James finished with a game-high 37 points, 12 rebounds and four assists; Wade added 23 points and 10 rebounds.

“The obvious word is ‘disappointing’,” Duncan said. “Tough end to the game. Made some bad decisions. Missed some shots. I don’t know what to say. Just give credit to the Miami Heat. LeBron was unbelievable. Dwyane was great.”

Manu Ginobili called San Antonio’s Game 6 loss “devastating” after the Spurs gave up a five-point lead in the final 30 seconds before losing in overtime.

Duncan indicated after the game that he planned to return for the 2013-14 season rather than retire.

31 comments
EllenHaas
EllenHaas

I am a south Floridian and am pissed at San Antonio for pissing away Game 6. The Heat deserve the championship, the fair weather fans of the Miami Heat, who leave early during a damned playoff game do not. Maybe next year, boys. GSG

Nono
Nono

I see comments saying game 6 (and maybe game 7) will haunt the Spurs and their fans for the rest of their lives.  True that game 6 was in their grasp and it was a devastating loss.  But to haunt them for the rest of their lives?  Come on, the Spurs have FOUR titles already.  I would understand if it was some team that NEVER won a title, then it would for sure haunt them for the rest of their lives.  But the Spurs have 4 rings they can look at to console themselves.

Nate the Pate
Nate the Pate

What I want to know is - did TP explain himself last night? He wasn't aggressive at all.  He took 1 jump shot.  Had about 2-3 drives all game when he normally had 50.  WTF happened? He said he was gonna win one for Timmy and he quit in the last game.

Nate the Pate
Nate the Pate

If he told the truth, it was Game 6 that he will remember.  And his teammates f*** ups.  Specificaly ginobili.  Duncan played his heart out and willed them to a victory.  Pops, Ginobili, and Green managed to pull it out from under him.

NeoSmith
NeoSmith

Really.  The Spurs lost the series when they lost game 6.  They should have won that one, and threw it up.  Not just one player, but collectively as a team. 

Walt4
Walt4

First, hope that Duncan doesn't feel bad as long as he thinks he will. As a Net fan, it's been an amazing run Tim has had and he deserves a ton of respect.  He is a great player, leader and a good man.

Not to be sour because this series was close enough to go either way, but I felt the refs muffed the end of Game 6 and that cost the Spurs the game.

Won't make more of it then that but feel bad for Tim Duncan, one of the best players of his generation and an outstanding consistent player through many a year.  He has more left in the tank, that's clear.

Kent W
Kent W

He was a great player, but it's time for him to realize he is on the downhill side of his career. This is Lebron and the Big 3 time. So long as they are in Miami, everyone else is playing for second.

Meredith1
Meredith1

It kills me to see Timmy so down.  I'm absolutely heartsick right now for the Spurs and their fans, and yes, I am one. This loss stings like no other. Worse than .4; worse than the D. Nowitzki foul; worse than my hangover today from mourning the loss.  (Okay, maybe that was extreme).  A rebound here, a free-throw here, and this entire city would be swimmin in champagne.  But, alas... it was simply not to be. And yes, it will haunt for life. Simply because it was right there for the taking, and the stars never looked more aligned.

That being said....I've got nothing but love for my team. I'm very, very proud of their season.  They didn't fold and get blown-out in a Game 7 after that agonizing loss.  They were in it til the bitter end.  San Antonio wins, and loses, with dignity, and that is why I'll be a Silver and Black diehard for life.

Congrats to the Heat, this was a great (albeit painful) series.
Curses to Sports Illustrated for putting the Spurs on the cover a week prior to the Finals - jinx!! (I say that in jest).

And to all the fellow heartbroken fans out there with me, one last chant for Go Spurs Go.

See you all next year.... - M*

ScottHoward
ScottHoward

Perhaps if either Duncan or Ginobli had called a time out instead of throwing the ball away in the final minute the results would have been different.   This win goes to Stern's script, the Heat's HGH, and Pop pulling his best players from the floor at the start of the 4th/key moments down the stretch.   What a joke.

K.r.Qunynghamm
K.r.Qunynghamm

I'm a fan of neither team particularly, but it's too bad there had to be a 'loser' in this one, one of the better Finals we've seen in a while. Timmy had a heck of a series for a guy nearing 38, and nobody could stop Tony Parker. Manu began to show his years towards the end there, and might only play another year.Green, Splitter and the rest will need to really work next season if they want another ring before the Spur's 'big 3' retire. There's probably one more championship in that core group, and 2014 will be about it for them. Tim is going to run that last jump hook around in his head for a week or two and Ginobili will too, on that pass intercepted by James. If Westbrook is back in form, and the Lakers figure out what they're doing and Kobe is healthy, it may be tougher for the Spurs to get back to the Finals, but we'll see. Let's have a fun Summer first. See you in October..

Belpacenderlpa
Belpacenderlpa

Season ticket holders for the rest of the teams in the league should file a class action lawsuit against the NBA for their failure to strictly enforce their drug policy.  HGH is known to have the side effect of enlarging the jaw, exactly in the manner that DWade's jaw is enlarged.  Yet the league does all it can to avoid testing and won't even broach the subject because DWade and Lebron are cash cows.  Their win at any price mentality costs other teams untold victories and revenues. 

DBLETAP
DBLETAP

Don't worry, Tim, you won't be alone.  There are legions of us, mourning the loss with y'all.

Go Spurs Go, my man.

DSM
DSM

Duncan has nothing to be ashamed of--the Heat simply had too much talent. Miller, Allen and Battier gave them many options for a scorer off the bench and the Spurs other than Duncan and Leonard did very little in games 6 and 7.


Sports fans--egged on by the clowns on ESPN, perceive far too big a gap between the winners and the losers of tight games and series.

juice_rocks
juice_rocks

No matter how many championships they've won, these guys are competitors, and always want that next one. I was actually pulling for the Heat, but it's tough to see such a great player, and person for that matter, so down.  I hope that Duncan gets over it, and realizes that this first finals loss has done nothing to tarnish his extraordinary career.

Cool
Cool

This was one of the most exciting finals in a long time.  Duncan has no reason to let the last game haunt him, he did more than his share and then some.  This was like witnessing a boxing match between two heavy weight champs, one just starting and one coming to an end.  Duncan will be in the HOF along with James someday, and for many years to come, highlights of this series will be talked about and replayed.

LeilaniHernandez
LeilaniHernandez

no, it's not game 7. it's the game 6 that the spurs lost control of the series.

leej
leej

You will always be one of the high best Tim. You've proven time and again what you've got and no one would dare forget that.

beercrackin'g8r
beercrackin'g8r

Tim,

You're wayyyy to good to be haunted. Too many great years and championships to allow this to affect you. Great season, great Finals. Thank you for what you represent.

-The Fans

Nate the Pate
Nate the Pate

@Kent W  

Shut your stupid face.  The Heatles were one loose ball away from getting their as sent home.  Your team lost that game and you know it.  Leonard grabs that first rebound and it is over.  Ball comes loose off his fingertips to Miller to another chuck by the queen.

phislammabama
phislammabama

You can NOT be serious! With OKC stars and Derrick Rose coming back for Chicago, lets not even bring up Indy...this is the easiest the playoffs get for Miami. Wade is on the downhill side of his career, Lebron is alone since the Heat are gonna trade that overrated Bosh (and we know from his days in Cleveland, that he is not good enough by himself)

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

I disagree. The Spurs were thirty seconds away from winning the title in game six and Duncan missed two easy shots to tie game seven with a minute left. The Heat are not that much better than the next few top-tier teams. Home court advantage probably decided Miami's wins in the seventh game versus both Indiana and San Antonio. Chicago will have Derrick Rose returning and Oklahoma City gets Westbrook back. With players like Kawhi Leonard showing drastic improvement and possibly through the draft, San Antonio will still be there. Every season is different and no one can truly predict what's going to happen. Miami deserves to be the favorite but don't hand them the trophy just yet.

Nate the Pate
Nate the Pate

@Meredith1  

It's hard to say congratulations to asholes.  Heat fans almost rival Laker fans as creeps.  Turning on the refs every game for not playing well enough for them.

ChuckShirk
ChuckShirk

You mean "could have been different"

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@ScottHoward Quite a list of conspiracies, alibis, and excuses.  Get that paranoia checked.  Soon.

HoppinBill
HoppinBill

@Belpacenderlpa   Erm... if the Heat are doing it, every team is doing it.  Guaranteed.  Your argument is silly

Nate the Pate
Nate the Pate

@DBLETAP  

Yeah, America lost last night.  66% of America was rooting for the Spurs.  No one likes those arrogant, egotistical plicks.

Nate the Pate
Nate the Pate

@adamhightops  

No chance.  Robinson got his second because of Timmy.  Timmy needs another Timmy to win it with him.  Not a bunch of guys who play superb until the last 2 games.

Nate the Pate
Nate the Pate

@ChuckShirk  

Would have.  There is no "could about it.  Zero question that if a certain loose ball in Leonard's hands stays in his hands, it is game over.  Up 5 pts + 2 Leonard ft's with 28 seconds left.

Nate the Pate
Nate the Pate

@DBLETAP  

Two of my friends who've never once showed an interest in bball called expressing how pissed off they were at the outcome.