There's a lot of factors that could've been different which could've allowed the San Antonio Spurs to win the NBA Finals. Tim Duncan could've made that one layup. Manu Ginobili could've played a little (or a lot) better. LeBron James could've kept his headband on. Perhaps DeJuan Blair should've got more minutes.
OK a lot of people probably weren't thinking about the last factor. Blair definitely was though. In his introductory press conference with the Dallas Mavericks, Blair was asked about losing in the Finals. The center said, "Of course I want to get back. I don’t think [the Spurs] would have come up short if I had played. It was a lot of motivation though, very exciting two weeks of my life, definitely want to get back, I think we have the team to do it."
Blair played an average of 5.7 minutes (less than his 14-minute average during the regular season) in his three appearances in the Finals. He scored nine points in Game 3, but had zero in Game 4. Even though he didn't he have a lot of minutes to work with, does DeJuan Blair really scream clutch factor?
[via Beyond The Buzzer]