There are certain advantages to actually being here while covering the Heat in the NBA Finals. For example, if I were not here, I would not have seen all of those “MISSING PERSON” posters plastered across town bearing the likeness of Spurs guard Manu Ginobili.
Manu’s bad series is one reason the Finals are tied 2-2 entering Sunday night’s Game 5 here. A bigger reason is that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh magically turned from the Smallish 3 back into the Big 3 just in time for that crucial, perhaps season-saving Game 4 victory that assured the Finals will end back in Miami on the Heat’s home court.
Bosh, by the way, was fined $5,000 by the league for flopping in Game 4. Can only imagine what Ginobili should be fined for being a flop this entire series.
Being in San Antonio this past week also has allowed me to enjoy the pregame national anthem as performed by 11-year-old Latino mariachi singer Sebastien De La Cruz. He has become sort of a Spurs good-luck charm, just like young Julia Dale is at Heat home games.
I hear the two clubs are working out details of a duets album, preparatory to an arranged marriage.
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