El Conclusión: San Antonio Spurs 92, Miami Heat 88
|Tim Duncan, PF 37 MIN | 8-19 FG | 4-4 FT | 14 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | +9
If anyone looked rusty coming into Game 1, it was Duncan. But after a 0-for-5 start, Duncan put up a classic Tim Duncan Finals line and anchored the Spurs defense.
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 35 MIN | 3-9 FG | 4-4 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +6
The shooting numbers aren’t great, but Leonard had another double-digit rebounding game and did more than his fair share to limit LeBron James to 18 points on 44 percent shooting.
|Tiago Splitter, C 25 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -7
Quiet game from Splitter, but he mixed productive plays throughout the game. He just wasn’t able to string many together.
|Tony Parker, PG 40 MIN | 9-18 FG | 3-4 FT | 0 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 21 PTS | +9
Tony Parker is a maestro of basketball. If the Spurs go on to win this series, Parker will have put his stamp on the Finals MVP with his late shot under LeBron and off the backboard.
|Danny Green, SG 34 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | +2
If there were any questions as to whether or not the moment would be too big for Danny Green, I think they were answered in Game 1.
|Matt Bonner, PF 7 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -2
Welp. Not a terrible night from Bonner, it’s just that not a lot productive came from him. Maybe this series isn’t a good fit for the Red Rocket/Mamba/Winter Shoes. We shall see.
|Boris Diaw, C 9 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -1
Watching Boris Diaw defend LeBron James 1-on-1 is a treat.
|Gary Neal, PG 22 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | +7
I can’t say that Gary Neal had the best minutes for the Spurs. Neal logged plenty with Leonard battling some first half foul trouble. But his inability to catch-and-shoot with confidence hurt the Spurs offense for stretches.
|Cory Joseph, PG 2 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -6
CoJo lost his second half minutes as the backup point guard to Gary Neal. We’ll have to see if that’s a trend or just a one-off.
|Manu Ginobili, SG 30 MIN | 4-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +3
Not a terribly efficient night for Manu, but the 3s were big. He just knows how/when to make plays.
I thought he stuck with Gary Neal a bit too long in this one, but he managed early foul trouble for Duncan and Leonard well.
Four Things We Saw
- This basketball game was so well played. However many more games we get of this series, enjoy them all. This is a treat for basketball fans everywhere.
- Considering the Spurs shot 8-for-25 from the 3-point line, they are fortunate to get out of Game 1 with the win. That said, do the Heat have to be concerned that the Spurs are going to be shooting much better in Game 2?
- Because of the 2-3-2 format of the Finals, there’s a lot of pressure on the Heat in Game 2. If the Spurs somehow take Game 2, there is immense pressure on Miami when they head back to San Antonio for three straight road games. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
- This pass: