2007 Finals: Cavs Go Down 3…Is It Over?

In the biggest game ever played at the Q, in front of a sold out crowd of roaring Cavs fans, the Spurs pulled off an upsetting win to take a 3-0 lead in the series.

At the beginning of the game, you noticed the adjustments by the Cavs.  Daniel Gibson started in place of the injured Larry Hughes.  The ball was pushed up the floor quicker on offense.  The defense looked more aggressive, and the Cavs finished the 1st quarter up 18-16…The first time they had ever led after a quarter in this series. 

In the 2nd quarter, the Spurs went on a 10-0 run right before the half, punctuated by Tony Parker’s running floater to put the Spurs up 40-38.  We would never see a lead again.

With under 2 minutes to play in the game, James connected on a pair of free throws to bring the Cavs within 2 (65-67).  In the final moments, Andy threw up a wild shot off a pass from James with 14 seconds to play.  The Cavs had to foul Manu Ginobili, and he stepped up and drained both free throws with the clock stopped at 5.5 seconds.lebron_238x356.jpg

For the final play, Coach Brown called on Lebron.  The inbound pass was made, and with Bruce Bowen pulling and grabbing, James went up for a 3pt shot at the top of the key.  He misfired.  No foul called.  No time left.  The game ended with the Spurs on top 75-72.

Lebron James led the Cavs with 25 points, 8 boards, and 7 assists. Drew Gooden put up 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Ilgauskus finished with 12pts and a game-high 18 boards.  But that was still not enough.

Daniel Gibson was only 1-10 from the floor, with 2 points.  The Cavs were 3-19 from 3pt range, as both Gibson and James couldn’t connect from outside.

For the Spurs, Tim Duncan ended the game with 14 points and 9 rebounds.  Tony Parker had 17, and Manu Ginobili was held to only 3. 

In the press conference at the end of the game, when asked if he was fouled, James said, “Incidental contact.” “It didn’t affect my shot. I had a good look at it and I missed.”  In other words, he will not make excuses for the loss. 

“We gave ourselves a chance to win tonight and that’s all we can ask for,” said James.  “We can’t live on history, but at the same time we have dug ourselves a big hole, and we know that. We have to come out and try to win four straight games.”

So, is it over?  Who knows.  Whatever the case, we will definitely not go out making excuses, and we have too much pride not to put up a fight…

Game 4 on Thursday at the Q.

2007 NBA Finals: Game 3 | Spurs @ Cavs | June 12, 2007 | 75-72, L



  1. Dee, I had to drop in and ask…Do you still believe?

    They made many of the changes suggested for Game 3, and still could not pull off a win. And the Spurs had an off night.

  2. Carl, it may sound insane to some, but…Yep!

    As a true fan, you have to roll with the punches and take a few hits for the team. If we get knocked out, let the ref’s count it down. Let the manager’s hold up the trophy to the Spurs. But not until it’s over.

    If I count them out now, I would consider myself less of a fan and more of a joy rider.

    If the Spurs win, I have no problem giving my congrats…I just refuse to do it now.

  3. […] For the first time this season since being swept in the Finals last season (Game 1, Game 2, Game 3, and Game 4, which I had no inspiration to write on) the Cavaliers met up with the San Antonio […]

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  • 2007-2008 Schedule

    (* - Denotes Home Games)

    31: vs Dallas*, 74-92 (L)

    02: vs Knicks*, 110-106 (W)
    04: vs Phoenix, 92-103 (L)
    06: vs Warriors, 108-104 (W)
    07: vs Utah, 101-103 (L)
    09: vs Sacramento, 93-91 (W)
    11: vs LA Clippers, 103-95 (W)
    12: vs Denver, 100-122 (L)
    14: vs Orlando*, 116-117 (L)
    16: vs Utah*, 99-94 (W)
    20: vs Bucks*, 107-111 (L)
    21: vs Minnesota, 97-86 (W)
    24: vs Toronto*, 111-108 (W)
    25: vs Indiana, 111-106 (W)
    27: vs Boston*, 109-104 (W)
    28: vs Detroit, 74-109 (L)
    30: vs Toronto, 82-91 (L)

    02: vs Boston, 70-80 (L)
    04: vs Nets*, 79-100 (L)
    05: vs Washington, 86-105 (L)
    08: vs Charlotte, 93-96 (L)
    11: vs Indiana*, 118-105 (W)
    14: vs Nets, 97-105 (L)
    15: vs Philadelphia*, 86-92 (L)
    17: vs Milwaukee*, 104-99 (L)
    19: vs New York, 90-108 (L)
    20: vs LA Lakers*, 94-90 (W)
    23: vs Warriors*, 96-105 (L)
    25: vs Miami*, 96-82 (W)
    27: vs Dallas, 88-81 (W)
    29: vs New Orleans, 76-86 (L)

    02: vs Atlanta*, 98-94 (W)
    04: vs Kings*, 97-93 (W)
    06: vs Toronto, 93-90 (W)
    08: vs Seattle*, 95-79 (W)
    09: vs Atlanta, 81-90 (L)
    11: vs Charlotte*, 113-106 (W)
    15: vs Memphis, 132-124 (W)
    17: vs San Antonio, 90-88 (W)
    21: vs Miami, 97-90 (W)
    23: vs Wizards*, 121-85 (W)
    25: vs Phoenix*, 108-110 (L)
    27: vs La Lakers, 98-95 (W)
    30: vs Portland, 84-83 (W)
    31: vs Seattle, 95-101 (L)

    02: vs LA Clippers*, 98-84 (W)
    05: vs Boston*, 114-113 (W)
    07: vs Houston, 77-92 (L)
    08: vs Atlanta, 100-95 (W)
    10: vs Denver*, 83-113 (L)
    11: vs Orlando, 118-111 (W)
    13: vs Spurs*, 105-112 (L)
    19: vs Houston*, 85-93 (L)
    20: vs Indiana, 106-97 (W)
    22: vs Wizards*, 90-89 (W)
    24: vs Memphis*, 109-89 (W)
    26: vs Milwaukee, 102-105 (L)
    27: vs Boston, 87-92 (L)
    29: vs Minnesota*, 92-84 (W)

    02: vs Chicago*, 95-86 (W)
    05: vs New York, 119-105 (W)
    06: vs Chicago, 96-107 (L)
    08: vs Indiana*, 103-95 (W)
    10: vs Portland*, 88-80 (W)
    12: vs New Jersey, 99-104 (L)
    13: vs Washington, 99-101 (L)
    16: vs Charlotte*, 98-91 (W)
    17: vs Orlando, 90-104 (L)
    19: vs Detroit*, 89-73 (W)
    21: vs Toronto*, 90-83 (W)
    22: vs Milwaukee, 8:30p
    26: vs New Orleans*, 7p
    29: vs Detroit, 7:30p
    30: vs Philadelphia*, 6p

    02: vs Charlotte, 7p
    03: vs Chicago*, 8p
    05: vs Orlando*, 3p
    09: vs New Jersey*, 7p
    11: vs Chicago, 7p
    13: vs Miami*, 1p
    14: vs Philadelphia, 7p
    16: vs Detroit*, 7p
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