As far as Tim Duncan was concerned after Tuesday's crushing Game 6 overtime loss to the Heat, the Spurs had two options looking ahead to the last game of the season: go back to the hotel and sulk alone, or go out for a late-night dinner to get some things off their chest.
Duncan and San Antonio guard Tony Parker revealed Wednesday during practice at AmericanAirlines Arena that the team chose the latter. According to Lang Whitaker of NBA.com, the team went out for dinner in their first step toward turning things around before Game 7 tips off Thursday night.
Duncan said he's glad the team got together for the meal and will be "ready to rock" in what will be one of the most important games of his career:
"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.”
Parker agreed, saying it was an opportunity to share stories about career highs and lows from the past, delving back into his time with the French National team:
“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.”
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