The UCLA Bruins Execute A Path To An 2013 NCAA “College World Series” Championship, It Is All In The Details Of Team
The UCLA Baseball team is the NCAA “College World Series”, (CWS), national champions. To the Bruin Nation, the sound of national champion is sometimes taken for granted. It has been a long time coming as the UCLA Bruins sweep a very tough Mississippi State team, two games to none in the three game CWS. UCLA’s 108 national championship count just increased to 109 as their baseball team adds their first championship to the heritage.
UCLA started the regular season with a chip on their shoulder. Under Head Coach John Savage, the Bruins had made it to the CWS two of the last three years, but were only able to smell a championship, but not taste one. One the Bruins top hitters Eric Filia told the coaches when he first arrived at UCLA that he was coming to win a national championship. The scent of a championship was not enough for Filia and his Bruin teammates. The 2013 Bruins were on a mission to do what no other UCLA Baseball teams have been able to do.
Now that some time has elapsed, we look back, to the Miami Heat’s epic game 7, victory over a determined San Antonio Spurs team. Reflecting back further; five . . ., six . . ., seven . . ., NBA titles James called out; the Miami Heat has won their second consecutive National Basketball Association championship title on their third consecutive run to the NBA finals. “THE DECISION” announcement by Lebron James made over three years ago was very Decisive. King James along with Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade, Miami’s Big Three, are delivering on what Lebron James promised upon entering his union with the Miami Heat.
The Heat, Spurs’ game 7 score, 95-88, is not indicative of what truly happen in game 7, or the entire series. The Miami Heat came within literally inches of not being in the position they find themselves in today, two-time NBA champions.
The San Antonio Spurs started their pursuit of a fifth NBA championship under Popovich and Duncan, by winning game one, after coming off a 9-10 day break between their 4-2 series with the Memphis Grizzlies before playing The Miami Heat in the finals.
The “it takes two” formula has shifted positions after the superb, almost miraculous game 6 overtime win the Miami Heat overcame against the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs had a choke hold on the “it takes two” reality, (knock out your opponent; win two games in a row) win an NBA championship title. The Spurs were at the NBA’s Championship Gate and were ready to enter leaving the Miami Heat’s dreams and desires at a second visit at the door of the NBA’s Championship Gate but for various reasons the Spurs could not hold on to enter.
Of course, there is a bevy of reasons from the peanut gallery that have been echoed over the last 30 plus hours about why the Spurs did not hold on:
*** In the second half, the Spurs should have kept going to Tim Duncan in the post despite the double team; he did score 25 points in the first half.
*** Tim Duncan only had eight shot attempts in the second half. Tim Duncan ran out of gas.
*** Tim Duncan should not have been out of the game on two key rebounding situations down the stretch of the game.
When the San Antonio Spurs defeated the defending champions the Miami Heat 114-104 in game 5 of the NBA finals Sunday it was a big game and a must win game. It was almost predictable who would win game five, because the only formula anyone needed to know was which team needed the game the most, and that was the San Antonio Spurs.
Neither the Miami Heat nor the San Antonio Spurs have been able to win a must win game when the must win game is the opponents. Each of the five NBA final games have unfolded with the must win team delivering the knock out punch. Now that is no longer the case, it takes two, back to back wins to secure an NBA championship title!
The Spurs were walloped by the Miami Heat in game 4, 109-93 and a loss in game 5 at home would have sent them on the road to Miami for the final two games, down 3-2 in the finals. The Spurs wanted nothing to do with that scenario and they came out playing the type of defense they faced against Miami in game 4. The Spurs were able to keep Miami from starting game 5 with the defensive and offensive aggression they ended game 4.
The Beginning of an era began when the Miami Heat finally ended the overall dominant play of the Indiana Pacers in the 7th game of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, turning the Pacers over 99-76.
Indiana put up a tremendous fight winning most of the quarters played in this series, but ultimately turnovers, bad timing and missed free-throws helped in their demise. In game 7, Miami executed consistent, strong willed, smothering and disciplined team defense that thwarted and eventually broke the spirit of the Indiana Pacers.
Except for a few glimpses during the series the Big Three, prior to game 7, was null and void, namely, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh . Through most of the series it was the Big One with Lebron James carrying the load of his Big Three partners and sometimes the bench. Wade was suspect to injury but Bosh was healthy for the most part.