Spurs Use Team Dinner After Crushing Game 6 to Clear Heads for Game 7

Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistJune 20, 2013

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 18:  Tim Duncan #21 and Danny Green #4 of the San Antonio Spurs battle for the ball against LeBron James #6 and Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat in overtime during Game Six of the 2013 NBA Finals at AmericanAirlines Arena on June 18, 2013 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The San Antonio Spurs were dealt a devastating blow in Game 6, but the team went out to dinner together following the game to help clear the air.

It might seem like a small event to get over letting championship slip through their fingers in the span of 30 seconds, but sometimes its the small things that can help bring teams together.

Following the 103-100 loss to the Miami Heat in which they had a five-point lead with 28 seconds left in the fourth quarter, the big conversation was about how they could possibly bounce back after coming within seconds of a championship.

San Antonio's dinner was a team-bonding moment first and foremost, but it was also a way to keep teammates from going back to the hotel and wallowing in self-pity by themselves.

Tim Duncan hammered home the importance of the players supporting each other after that game, and all the good that the early morning dinner did. Via Lang Whitaker of NBA.com:

It helped, it did. The other option is a bunch of us go back to our rooms and sit there by ourselves and beat yourself up. So it’s always good to be around teammates and kind of get some stuff out in the open. We did exactly that. As I said, we’ll be ready to rock.

However, the most interesting thing to come from the dinner was the story that Tony Parker told the team about his similar experience back in 2005:

It was a great dinner. We shared histories and what happened in different games, and sharing stuff like when I was with the (French) national team, when we were up 7 and lost in 35 seconds, the European Championship. You just share those moments and try to see what you can do better and prepare for Game 7.

Of course, he's referencing the EuroBasket semifinal game between France and Greece from 2005.

Parker's French team held a seven-point lead with 47 seconds left to play and was looking at making its first EuroBasket Finals in nearly 60 years.

Greece scored 12 to France's four in the final 47 seconds and won by a point, leaving France nothing but a chance at a consolation prize in the bronze-medal game.

That French club went out and clobbered Spain for the bronze, winning 98-68.

Parker's team then didn't have a second chance at retribution—it lost and that was it. This time around, it can make up for its folly. Of course, there's no consolation prize either.

No team has won a Game 7 in the NBA Finals on the road since the Washington Bullets back in 1978. Not only that, the Miami Heat have won both Game 7s that they've been involved in since their convergence in 2010.

Hopefully for the Spurs sake, that was one rejuvenating dinner.