MIAMI-- The Spurs will get over this. That's what they do. They respond, they move on, they focus on the process, on "pounding the rock" as they put it. They're always worried about how they do things, not the results.
But there was no point in trying to hide it Tuesday night, and the Spurs didn't try. There was very little of the steely-eyed facade that opaquely rejects any journalistic attempt at discerning who they are, what they do, how they feel.
No, on Tuesday night after the Spurs' 103-100 overtime loss to the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, there was only one thing. Pain.
"It's obviously disappointing, having the lead that we went into the fourth with," Tim Duncan said. Coming from Duncan, that's the equivalent of a crying breakdown that winds up on YouTube at some point.
"I'm devastated," Manu Ginobili said. "It's a very tough moment. We were a few seconds away from winning a championship, and we let it go." Ginobili, who went 2-5 for nine points with eight turnovers, was visibly upset after the game.
Danny Green is typically the happy-go-lucky, never phased Spur. He's the one available for media interviews and the one who provides reporters with something to write on. He spoke post-game, the pro that he is, but on a night he started out as the favorite for Finals MVP and wound up headed to a Game 7 in Miami Thursday night, Green visibly slumped and shook his head as he walked out of the tiny visitors' locker room at American Airlines Arena. This one hurt.
Kawhi Leonard, as robotic as you're going to fine, just shook his head and kept repeating about how the Spurs didn't grab the final two defensive rebounds in regulation that would have prevented the three-pointers which put the Heat back into the game, miraculously.
Tony Parker may have summed it best, when asked about something tactical in the game. His final comment to the media after the overtime loss?
"I'll just watch -- we'll watch film," Parker said. "Right now it's hard to think about everything right now."
The Spurs have two days to shake off what may be the most disappointing loss in franchise history and try once more for a fifth NBA title in the Popovich era.