Didn't see a topic of this yet.
Pretty dam* good game on right now guys. The heat came out aggressive and they're making some nice 3's. Spurs sticking right there with them despite shooting 41%!
Doris called Dwyane Dwight just now. Or at least it sounded like she did.
Heat are up 52-49 at halftime.
Wade leading the heat in points with 13 at the half and duncan practically has a double-double.
"Dammit, Doris! You're tearing this family apart!"
Is able to play their brand of basketball. This is gonna come down to adjustments and who's brand of basketball is better. This is a good game so far. And Doris must of had Dwight on the mind lol.
if Dwayne morphed into Dwight for next year lol
Huge 2nd quarter from Tim Duncan. 12 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks overall. All points in 2nd. Guy still has it, unbelievable.
Wade and Bosh started out strong and the Heat are executing those high screens for easier 3-pointers. Leonard is doing a swell job guarding Lebron (Who else saw that sweet spin move he did?). For the Spurs to be only down by 3 and not playing more than a week is a green flag for me heading into the 3rd.
Pacers were an unbelievably amazing-defensive juggernaut. I'm not saying the Spurs aren't a good defensive team, but they are not disrupting Miami's flow as well as the Pacers did.
Yes, the Pacers are a defensive juggernaut, but they lacked a consistent offense to level out their game against Miami. The Spurs are a more leveled-out team. I think the only issue going forward for them is transition defense. For someone like Norris Cole to jolt from end-to-end and score is unacceptable if you're San Antonio.
Especially if you're being coached by Pops. I don't think the Spurs are hearing him speak softly in the locker room right now..
Despite seeing haslem, birdman, and bosh step up as the bigs for the heat, I severely miss the days of mourning.
Miami just keeps getting open looks. Their athleticism and ability to spread the floor is really giving San Antonio problems defensively.
The Heat had a really good start to the second half, but then got sloppy. 5 straight nice possessions on both ends of the floor. They looked good defending that handoff to Parker on the first possession. This is going to be a really exciting series.Adn the Spurs are on a good stretch.
Key: " but then got sloppy"
Pat Riley looked like he could kill someone on that close up
Pat Riley looks like straight up Mafia.
Someone tell bosh that if he wants to be a 3 point shooter, he should shoot from the corner. Where he shoots now is so far away from the hoop.
If they waive this off....
That's good they better not rob Parker. "that's playoff magic baby " dicky v
Tony Parker is a bad bad man. That was nasty. So so close.
That last play by Parker is going down in NBA Finals history.
Great ball game start to finish...wow
Tony Parker had some crazy moves tonight….When he did that spin move on Norris cole I was out of my seat. I hope the Spurs can continue to match the Heat. This series has a lot of promise
Crazy game. Heat have to be frustrated. So many missed free throws and open threes. Both teams did a lot right. Heat getting tons of open threes. Spurs managing to get final second buckets in every single quarter and just making all the timely plays. It seemed like every loose ball went the Spurs way. And Tony Parker is something else, finishing really well at the rim all game and making smart plays on offense. That last play may have been lucky, but holy sh*t! That was one of the most crazy late game clutch buckets I've seen in a long time.
LeBron and Parker both didn't put up quite as gaudy scoring number as they may later in the series, but they both played exceptionally well, not making many mistakes and really setting up their teammates well.
I can't wait to see the rest of the series. This looks like it should be a crazy exciting series. Both teams are good defensively, but are absolutely tremendous on offense, although the score wasn't that high, especially considering how quickly both teams got up and down the floor. It had the feel of a higher scoring game.
Looking at Parker's last floater, Lebron gambled with a block. If he would've just stood in front of Parker with his hands up, Parker wouldn't have been able to get a shot off, much less a clean one.
LeBron still got his hand on it, almost preventing Parker from getting it off in time. That was just a crazy play by Parker, not much LeBron can do. And I'm not sure that can be considered a "clean" shot.
not much LeBron can do???????????????
------STAND IN FRONT OF HIM WITH HIS HANDS UP. STATIONARY.--- instead of going for the block and get countered with an up and under.
tony parker best PG in the nba
Why is Bosh taking so many threes in the playoffs? Thats not his game.
It was a great game and a will be a great series! Both teams played okay. Neither played great. The Heat did a very good job of guarding Tony Parker. They actually contained him for most of the game until he scored 10 points in the 4th. The shot he made will definitely have its spot in History if the Spurs win the series. Timmy played good tonight. I think this is the best game he will play this series. But I think Parker can play better against the Heat's defense. Green played like Im sure everyone thought he would. He's a shooter and was ready to shoot.
The Heat played a good game also, but they got satisfied everytime they were about to make a run. I know it sounds crazy but I actually think Lebron sits too much. The Heat just cant afford to rest him. Every single time, in every single game, he gets taken out and the lead disappears. They had the Lead up to 9 and it looked like the Spurs were going to break, then Lebron goes out and it becomes a 2point game in under 2 mins. A lot of people are saying he has to shoot more, but I dont think its necessary. He had 18pts, 18rbs, and 10assts. He was doing everything. The Spurs' gameplan was to pack in the paint on Lebron and let everybody else beat them. It worked. They gave Bosh the 3pointers and he missed them. 0-4.
1 thing I see that is a problem and slows their offense down is the fact that Wade cant and wont shoot 3s. The defense always leaves him open for the 3 and he never shoots it. It kind of disrupts the purpose of Lebron's Penetration. Instead of catching and shooting, he has to catch the ball and reset it to go one on. Thats why that 2nd group with Lebron looks really really fluid.
Wade came out strong but he disappeared. Im not sure if he scored in the 4th. He had a very bad game defensively. He left his man several times and gave up big baskets late in the shot clock just by being late. Im still not impressed with his sense of urgency.
Stephen A said the Heat should be scared because the Spurs beat them and shot only 41%, but thats not really a big deal because the Heat shot 43%. Thats pretty even. It just came down to execution. The Spurs executed. Miami didnt.
I still think the Heat will win in 6. We all have seen the Heat go down in a series and look like they're going to lose it, but they somehow get to their peak when they need to the most.
Spurs are 4-0 in NBA Finals Series. They also had homecourt advantage those 4 times.
Heat are 13-0 in games after falling behind in series over the last 2 years.
Miami has won all 3 series that they have lost game 1 in during the Big 3 Era.
I dont think there were many bold statements made in tonights game except the fact that this will be a great series.
^^^^ im with you, this is the finals, they gotta play James the entire game. In the 2nd they were up by 8 or 9 when they sat Lebron and within 2 minutes it was a one possession game. He is in the prime of his career and in tip top shape. he can easily play an entire game. especially now, in the finals.
Here is a recap of the game
San Antonio started the game up 9-2 moving the ball well but Miami domianted most of the 1st qtr respoinding with a 22-10 run where they dominated. Neal and Ginobili both made key jumpers to keep them within 1 after 1 qtr. 2nd qtr Duncan got his rhythm back and dominated inside. Miami was hitting their 3s, Wade played well and Lebron was himself dominated the boards and passing. However the Heat couldn't break the game open despite going up 8 pts the Spurs kept answering. They went to the line, got rebs played better defense and ended the qtr on a 11-6 run to make it a 3 pt half time deficit.
The 3rd qtr the Heat had multiple chances to open up a big lead as the Spurs kept missing open 3s and Bosh found his shot for Miami. Key stat Lebron only took 3 shots in the 3rd qtr, the Spurs inexcusably took 8 3s instead of getting the ball to Duncan esp. since Parker struggled. However they were only down 3 thanks to solid defense holding the Heat to just 20 pts. Wade, Lebron and Duncan were on the bench to start the 4th thats when Tony Parker became aggressive took 8 shots & went to the ft line. Lebron on the other hand took only 4 shots and had just 1 assist he did pull down 7 rebs. Midway thru the 4th qtr San Antonio took over when Bosh missed shots and Miami started to turn the ball over. The 3 Ray Allen free throws were huge as the Spurs had a 5 pt. lead w/ 1:30 left but Duncan was clutch he hit his free throws and then Miami rushed to take a shot the Bosh open 3. Parker made a great shot making up for the missed shot on the previous possession and they won.
The so called experts thought that Miami would have a much easier matchup because Duncan and Splitter aren't as big or offensive threats like Hibbet and West. They were wrong about Duncan despite his age he dominated inside on every Heat defender esp. the 2nd qtr. If the Spurs would've went to him more in the 3rd qtr on the block they wouldn't have been down. Instead they kept taking 3s and missed most of them if Poppovich changes his game plan and gives Duncan the ball more inside the Spurs will take this series. Miami will have to double getting more 3s for the others. The Spurs bench Ginobili, Bonner, Diaw, Joseph, Neal had only 6 rebs they should play better the rest of the series. Coaching wise Poppovich outcoached Spoelstra for most of the game.
Not sure what Spoelstra was thinking he rested Wade and Lebron both to star the 4th and while Duncan was on the bench Parker was there and got going. The play calling for Miami was off as Lebron needs more shots and he had to do most of the passing and rebonding. They should've gotten him the ball in the post as he has a clear advantage over Leonard. Haslem only played 16 mins not sure why and Mike Miller got 20 mins for some reason despite not being healthy he's just a shooter but he did grab a few rebs. He choose not to have their Pg in the game during crunch time which was odd. Cole had a solid game 4 assists 0 turnovers and should've gotten more mins since Chalmers struggled.
I still don't get why coaches don't play their stars big mins in close games and after 2 days off.
He had no problem playing Lebron 41 mins for no reason in Game 7 against Indy though that game wasn't close in the 2nd half and Indiana showed no sign of coming back really.
Lebron for all his greatness needs to be more aggressive like he was in the Indiana series. I know its not his game to be in attack mode like MJ or Kobe but they need him to be. Bosh is in a huge slump his last 5 games he's hit 14 of 50 just 28% and he doesn't rebound. Wade had a decent game he got to the rim early, Ray Allen was effective shooting the 3 the Spurs will have to tighten up their 3 pt. defense. The shot chart for Miami was strange Lebron only took 16 shots while Wade, Bosh and Chalmers took 41 thats too many for them.
The role players were solid for both teams. Leonard played much better defense then expected he grabbed 10 rebs only knock on him was he was 0-4 on 3s. Ginobili and Neal hit some timely shots to stop Miami runs.
I'm sticking with my prediction of the Spurs in 6 but if Miami doesn't win Game 2 I don't think they get back for a game 6.
For all the talk about Miami being so dominant they are just 4-4 in their last 8 playoff games.
Its the Spurs that are dominating facing tougher competition, so far they are 13-2 so far in the playoffs compared to 12-5 for Miami.
I'm surprised no one brought up the fact that San Antonio turned the ball over 4 times. That's unreal, the Heat only had 8 which is still fantastic, but when you have twice as many turnovers as your opponent and your opponent sets a Finals record for fewest TO's in a game, then...that's hard to beat. Miami almost did, which is a great credit to them.