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Scenario: What If Ray Allen Missed The Shot

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Basketball fans vividly remember Ray Allen’s three-pointer to force overtime in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals.

Down 94-89 with 28.2 seconds left in the game, a comeback effort to force a Game 7 against the San Antonio Spurs seemed out of reach. Heat fans began to walk out of the arena in frustration as they believed the back-to-back championship hype fell short. Shockingly, the game escalated with under 30 seconds to play.

LeBron James hit a big-time three-pointer with 20.1 seconds remaining to cut the lead to 2 points. With 19.4 seconds left, Kawhi Leonard was fouled and sent to the free-throw line. Leonard missed the first but hit the second, making it a three-point lead for the Spurs. With everyone’s heart pumping rapidly, and all of the arena standing in hope that Miami evens the score, Mario Chalmers passed the ball out to James, who missed the shot beyond the arc.

Chris Bosh grabbed the greatest rebound of his career and kicked it out to Ray Allen who then settled for a corner three. “BANG!”

Allen’s shot helped the Heat force overtime and ultimately send the series to a Game 7. Miami would go onto capture its second straight NBA title, defeating the Spurs, 95-88.

‪While today is a day to commemorate Allen’s shot and the impact it left in Miami Heat history, it’s worthy to note a theory that’ll forever remain unanswered: What if the shot didn’t go in?‬

The Big 3 Era Comes To An End

While it’s not what Heat fans want to hear, it would’ve been the sad truth. With a 1-2 Finals record under their belt, the Big 3, consisted of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh were bound to depart.

The once seemed super team didn’t live even close to the hype, as Dwyane Wade’s career likely ends with just two championships. Plus, LeBron James and Chris Bosh stay in the quest for title No. 2.

While it wouldn’t have made a dramatic toll in Pat Riley’s legacy, head coach Erik Spoelstra would’ve been remembered as the man who couldn’t succeed with three stars in their respective prime.

Tim Duncan Signifies Himself As A Top 5 Player Of All-Time

Assuming that the Spurs would go onto win the 2014 NBA Finals, Tim Duncan, along with Greg Popovich, would have an overall record of 6-0 in championship appearances.

In addition to 15 All-Star appearances, 2 Most Valuable Player Awards, 10 All-NBA First Team honors, and a career average of 19.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 2.2 blocks per contest, Duncan’s dominance during his 19-year career deserves recognition as of the leagues greatest.

While the top 5 could seem like a stretch, Duncan’s resume would outmatch many of the players placed ahead of him.

Others

Just imagine the impact one shot could have made on the NBA world today.

  • Does LeBron James remain in the ‘GOAT’ conversation? Would James have tried to team with another superstar, such as Kobe Bryant?
  • What impact does it make on Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh’s career?
  • Could we have seen Derrick Rose’s Chicago Bulls take over the Eastern Conference following the end of the Big 3?
  • Would the Heat have possibly tried to add new pieces around LeBron James, and ship Wade and Bosh out of Miami?
  • How would the rest of the league’s perspective be on the Heat? As they were no longer the team to beat.
  • Adding another title to Kawhi Leonard’s career, would he be considered the best player in the NBA today?
  • How does this impact the Golden State Warriors’ championship run?

And while these situations never took place, just the thought that one three-pointer out of Ray Allen’s 2,973 career makes helped keep the course of NBA basketball we have today is crazy to imagine.

Michael Yero covers all of South Florida’s major pro teams, along with high school sports for 305 Sports. He also covers sports for Immaculata-La Salle High School’s student newspaper, the Royal Courier.

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