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(06-12-2013, 11:52 AM)jonathani Wrote: [ -> ]Basketball is more about showmanship than skill in the 2010s. For some superstars, their endorsements pay their bills; their contracts to the league just pay their taxes. It does not matter what you do for most of the game if you make the SC Top 10 that night for one or two plays. Running up the score? Fueling the fire? If any athletes need an opponents to motivate them to succeed, they would not be professional athletes. However, "showing the other team up" can help your image as far as people buying your jerseys are concerned.
sorry, this is just absolutely untrue

and jordan used to use the smallest of slights from an opponent to motivate himself
(06-12-2013, 11:52 AM)jonathani Wrote: [ -> ]Basketball is more about showmanship than skill in the 2010s. For some superstars, their endorsements pay their bills; their contracts to the league just pay their taxes. It does not matter what you do for most of the game if you make the SC Top 10 that night for one or two plays. Running up the score? Fueling the fire? If any athletes need an opponents to motivate them to succeed, they would not be professional athletes. However, "showing the other team up" can help your image as far as people buying your jerseys are concerned.
This is just wrong sorry but nothing in this statement rings true to me ..
I mean, you have to shoot a shot every 24 seconds... yakking up shots from long range at the end of the game isn't like throwing the ball late in a football game that is in hand. You just gotta shoot when you're open. Some of the shots Green and Neal were hitting were from 28-30 feet. If they miss a few more it isn't "running up the score". Also, its the Finals. If you can accomplish great things on the biggest of stages, you should do it! Feelings are for elementary school ball
Simple they went for the record. And to send a message, not in out house

The Heat blowout in game 2 was more than the final score showed. And one basket from Decolo in the final secs for the Spurs got it below 20. When everyone stopped playing he took a cheap basket.

In the end its still only one win.
I've never understood why people are against teams "running up the score". As Jacoby said it's not the winning team's job to stop scoring. If Miami didn't want to have San Antonio continue to rain threes down on them then they should have done something to stop it.

Also, look at it from San Antonio's point of view. Every single second of finals time is valuable from a learning/improvement perspective. They've got quite a few young players and finals reps are valuable to them and helps them stay prepared, focused and practiced in running their sets so they will be ready if and when they need to exectue them in later finals games. Yes, knocking down a shot in a 30 point blow out is different to repeating it in a close game but the reps are still valuable.

The idea that "running up the score" will fire up Miami is just stupid. What, the Heat aren't going to try as hard in the next game if they "only" lose by 15 rather than 35?

They have proved they bounce back rather well from losses either way.
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