After several blowouts, Game 6 of this year's NBA Finals finally delivered a classic. And not just any classic, many who follow the NBA were calling this game one of the best in NBA history. The Heat defeated the Spurs in overtime to force a Game 7 thanks to in no particular order: LeBron James ditching his headband and finding super powers, Mike Miller's missing shoe, the refs, Ray Allen, Chris Bosh's defense, Gregg Popovich sitting Tim Duncan, missed Spurs FTs, the release of bad karma from front-running Heat fans leaving early.
"NBA Finals Game 6 on ABC – the Miami Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs to even the series in an overtime thriller – scored a 14.7 overnight rating, according to Nielsen. This is the second highest-rated NBA Finals Game 6 ever on ABC and the fourth highest rated game ever on the network.
Game 6 is also expected to mark the 36th consecutive time an NBA Finals telecast has won the night for all of television and is the 24th straight time it has delivered double-digit overnight ratings. The game peaked at a 19.8 rating from 11:45 p.m. – 12 a.m. ET."
Last night’s game trails only Boston Celtics-Los Angeles Lakers Game 7 in 2010 (18.2), Los Angeles Lakers-Detroit Pistons Game 5 in 2004 (15.5) and Miami Heat-Dallas Mavericks Game 6 in 2011 (15.0).
Could Miami-San Antonio possibly surpass Celtics-Lakers Game 7 in 2010? If we get another overtime thriller, it's certainly within the realm of possibility. So far it's been easy to blame the Spurs for NBA Finals ratings being a bit of a disappointment because they've never been able to draw casual fans nationally. (And they hold the dubious distinction for appearing in the three lowest rated Finals since 1982.)
However, I tend to believe the lack of close games have led to ratings being down a tick because most people have been turning the channel staring at double digit games in the 4th quarter. Now that the series finally got a close game (and an all-time classic at that) the viewership numbers the NBA was hoping for all along were there. Now with the nation buzzing about a Game 7 that hopes to be a quarter as good as Game 6 was, the rating should be huge Thursday night.
This is the one NBA game that could define a generation. The most consistent, underappreciated dynasty in modern sports going for their fifth title up against the league's greatest superstar looking for his second straight championship. What more could you ask for than that?
The refs? Are you serious? The Spurs got most of those 50/50 calls going
their way especially in the 2nd half and shot more free-throws than
Miami in this one (as was the case in every single game of those Finals
with the only exception being game 2 where both teams shot the same
number of freebies..check the box scores). If you talk about the last
play of the game, Bosh's block was clean and he went straight up which
is the defender's correct position and refs tend to reward that not to
mention the fact refs tend not to make calls late in the game unless
they're really really obvious. Whether this is a good thing or not it's another argument but at least they're very consistent when it comes to this. Or do you mean Ray Allen's "allegedly"
fouling Ginobili? That was a judgment call and, like I said, refs tend
to let them play in those late-game situations. But, most importantly,
Ginobili traveled since he clearly took 3 steps. If the refs were really
on Miami's side then why they didn't call this violation against the
Spurs? And this doesn't even take into account the fact that rules say
coaches can't substitute players during refs'reviews and, despite this,
the Spurs were allowed on the last play of regulation to put in Tim
Duncan (who previously was on the bench). So no excuses please.
How is anyone watching the NBA anymore? If I'm going to watch a fake sport, I'll watch wrestling. The NHL is far better and the Stanley Cup Final has never been more exciting.