Talking Points: History working against Spurs in Game 7




Home court matters, and fans of the San Antonio Spurs may want to avoid reading this.

In tonight’s Game 7 of the NBA Finals between the Spurs and the Miami Heat, the chances do not favor the road team.

There have been 17 Game 7s in NBA Finals history dating back to 1948, and only three road teams have prevailed.

In 1978, the then-Washington Bullets defeated the SuperSonics in Seattle, 105-99, to take the NBA title and become the last team to break the Game 7 road jinx.

The other victors include the 1974 Boston Celtics (defeated Milwaukee, 102-87) and the 1969 Celtics (defeated Los Angeles, 108-106).

However — and San Antonio fans can stop covering their eyes now — under head coach Gregg Popovich, the Spurs are 2-1 in Game 7s.


Tribute or just tacky?

On Wednesday, “The Sopranos” star James Gandolfini died in Italy, presumably of a heart attack.

While news of the actor’s passing saddened fans of his hit HBO show, the New York Yankees either joined in by paying their respects or made a decision that left some crying foul.

According to Keith Olbermann, the theme song to the “The Sopranos” resounded through Yankee Stadium during a between-inning stunt. Olbermann tweeted: “#Yankees didn’t get the memo. Music for ‘fitness fan cam’ is Sopranos’ theme #NoClass #CrowdGroaned.”

Gandolfini’s character Tony Soprano was often portrayed as a man who loved his pasta and even the final scene of the series concluded with Tony and family enjoying a greasy meal at a diner.