"I didn't play
the greatest," said Duncan, "but we found a way to win. That's what
this team is all about."
ball was presented to Finley, who has been a Spur for only two seasons but
whose professionalism over a 12-year career was recognized by his teammates.
"They dedicated this Finals to me, and it just shows you what type of guys
these are," said Finley, who struggled with his shot (1 for 5) in Game 4.
"I mean, I'm blessed. What more can I ask for?"
singled out Bowen, who stayed in front of James almost every minute he was on
the court during the four games, forcing the young superstar into either taking
bad shots ( James made 32 of 90, 35.6%) or giving up the ball to teammates who
were unequal to the task ( Cleveland's starting guards, Gibson and Sasha
Pavlovic, made only 11 of 41 shots in the final two games). "Bruce did an
awesome job of standing in front of that guy and making life tough for
him," said Duncan.
As for Gin�bili,
one thing the Spurs were almost certain about in Game 4 was that he would come
back strong from his horrid shooting performance in Game 3. "He's the
ultimate competitor," said Popovich.
But the most
dependable Spur throughout the series was most assuredly Parker, whose play in
his previous two championships (2003 and '05) had been up and down. At 25 he
has matured into one of the steadiest point guards in the league, suggesting
that the Spurs will be contenders for several years into the future. Duncan was
surely being generous when, after encountering James in the hallway after the
game, he said to the Cavs' superstar, "The future is yours, but thanks for
letting us have it one more year." The best guess is: The Spurs aren't
ready to hand over anything.