El Conclusion: Spurs fall short at taking 2-0 series lead
|Tim Duncan, PF 38 MIN | 7-14 FG | 4-8 FT | 15 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 18 PTS | +2
Was so good earlier and then he and Spurs didn’t adjust well to what the Heat did in the second half. There wasn’t much big-to-big passing, mainly basic posting up. That being said, if the Spurs keep moving the ball like they did early, the Heat don’t have an answer for Timmy. It’s the biggest matchup of the series.
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 32 MIN | 3-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -6
Maybe this is a little harsh because of the massive task he has. Kawhi, simply put, has to be smart the entire time he’s on the court. The fourth foul where he ran over Birdman to try to defend a 3-pointer was just reckless. It’s so unfair to ask such a young player to always be razor sharp, but that’s where Kawhi needs to be to avoid getting in foul trouble. Also, is he over dribbling? Feels like he’s passed up open jumpers to try to put the ball on the floor.
|Tiago Splitter, C 19 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +1
Brilliant passing in the first half, found Duncan time and time again, as well as wings cutting to the basket. Should the Spurs have tried the Splitter-Duncan duo in the second half more? Problem is neither him or Duncan can stay in front of Bosh if he puts the ball on the deck. So they give him space and he can hit that jumper, get up on him he’ll go by them. Tough matchup for San Antonio.
|Tony Parker, PG 35 MIN | 8-15 FG | 3-6 FT | 0 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 21 PTS | -1
Pretty good up until the shot to the ribs. After that he looked a little off, maybe still winded from getting jacked in the ribs. Overall though, he didn’t force a ton. A couple of bad jumpers, but overall he looks sharp.
|Danny Green, SG 18 MIN | 3-5 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | 0
Tough to grade him this game. He made more shots then he missed and made Dwyane Wade play a tough game, but still he didn’t have the impact he had in Game 1. Miami did a good job of closing out on him.
|Boris Diaw, PF 32 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -5
Mostly liked what he gave, but I thought he passed up a couple of open looks in the second half. When Miami’s defense blitzes you like they did in the fourth quarter especially, you have to take the open look if you have it. But really, that’s a minor criticism for a guy that’s been awesome the first two games.
|Patty Mills, PG 15 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -1
This isn’t even about his box score. In the third quarter, the Spurs looked like they were on the ropes while LeBron was going off. Then Mills responded with two massive 3-pointers to help the Spurs regain the lead by the end of the quarter.
|Manu Ginobili, SG 28 MIN | 7-15 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 19 PTS | +4
Three turnovers weren’t great, especially the bullet that Duncan wasn’t ready for near the end of the game. There were also a couple of fadeaway jumpers that made you sigh. I just thought the offense was so bad at the end of the fourth quarter. I don’t know if that was Manu’s fault or just everyone else not doing anything.
|Marco Belinelli, SG 22 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 3 PTS | -7
Missed his shots, got lost on defense and left a couple of shooters open on defense. So he basically the bad Belinelli game.
I don’t know what happened that kept Tim Duncan out of the paint, or maybe I’m making a bigger deal out of a couple plays that stuck out, but it felt like Duncan got conventional post ups in the second half instead of him catching it on the move where someone has to rotate over and is more often than not a smaller player.
Two Things We Saw
- I’ll let Matthew Tynan handle most of the bullet points in the margin, but this is going to be a long series. Miami can win in San Antonio, San Antonio can win in Miami. I’d be stunned if this doesn’t go 7.
- Oh, one more thing. LeBron James is really good. Chris Bosh is not quite as good, but still really good. It’s tough to win two in a row when those guys are on the other team and they’re playing well.