San Antonio wins series 4-1
|Game 1: Thursday, June 5th|
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|Game 2: Sunday, June 8th|
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|Game 3: Tuesday, June 10th|
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|Game 4: Thursday, June 12th|
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|Game 5: Sunday, June 15th|
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9:00 PM ET, June 10, 2014
AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL
Riverwalk Bosh Talk
He's talking about the San Antonio Spurs.
That's why Wade believes these NBA Finals are just getting started.
When he looks at the Spurs, he sees qualities his own team has, including an ability to break down a loss and quickly correct things. It's what Miami did before Game 2 of the finals and it's what Wade expects the Spurs to do before the title series resumes with Game 3 in Miami on Tuesday night.
"You never put them away," Wade said. "I think they always believe and it's the same with us. You can't, you won't, put us away because we're always going to believe. That's why this is a perfect, different animal, kind of series. They're the other team like us. They don't lose much and when they do they come back and be better in the next game. So we've got to come out and do the same thing."
That would explain why on Monday, instead of a day off, the Heat gathered to watch video of Game 2.
By winning in San Antonio to even the finals at 1-1, home-court advantage now belongs to the Heat. But no one in their locker room thinks it's going to get easy now.
"They came out great. They played a great game," Spurs guard Tony Parker said after Miami's 98-96 win in Game 2, the 13th straight time the Heat immediately followed a postseason loss with a victory. "Now it's our turn to go over there and get one. We played pretty well all season long on the road and so we're going to have two great opportunities to try to come up with a win."
Miami has won a franchise-record 11 straight postseason games at home.
The last team to win a playoff game in Miami was the Spurs, winning Game 1 of last season's finals.
"We are in a tough situation because we've got to go to Miami and we've got to get one," Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said. "We don't want to come back here 3-1 down. It's very hard to overcome that. Definitely going to be a great challenge for the team to play in an arena like that and having to win."
A challenge, sure, but it's one Heat coach Erik Spoelstra knows the Spurs can handle.
"Coming back here there has to be an incredible sense of focus and urgency," Spoelstra said Monday. "They're a veteran, poised, championship-level team that's been through a lot. The crowd won't affect them much."
Neither team thought it played all that well in the game that it won so far in these finals.
The Spurs turned the ball over too much for their liking in Game 1 -- the game that will be remembered for the air conditioning malfunction and cramps inside a steamy building forcing LeBron James to leave in the final minutes. In Game 2, the Heat weren't thrilled with a slow start and how they spent much of the game playing from behind.
When James got rolling in the third quarter, things started swinging Miami's way in Game 2. When he found Chris Bosh for the 3-pointer that put Miami ahead for good with 1:18 left, it was just another example of the four-time MVP setting a teammate up for a big play.
"I'm going to make the right play," said James, who signaled to Bosh about what he wanted on that play. "To have that trust from my teammates, they know when I've got the ball, I'm going to make the right play. Doesn't mean it's going to go in. Doesn't mean it's going to result in a win, but they believe in my ability."
The pressure, if Miami had not found a way to win in the final moments of Game 2, would have been enormous on the two-time defending champions.
Now, it seems to have shifted to the Spurs.
"It doesn't matter what we've been through before," Spurs forward Tim Duncan said. "We're here now again."
The last time these teams met in Miami at this time of year, the Heat wound up spraying champagne in their locker room.
It's tempting, Bosh acknowledged, to think that all Miami needs to do for a third straight championship is stay unbeaten at home.
But Bosh won't let himself go there.
"I can only think about Game 3," Bosh said. "We've played well at home this postseason. I think we feel we have an advantage now. We have to make sure that we play well and keep it that way."
Team Stat Leaders
Rashard Lewis is averaging 13.8 points over his last 4 games after putting up just 1.9 PPG over his first 11 appearances this postseason. Lewis totaled 14 points on 5-9 shooting in Game 2, his 4th straight double-digit scoring game. It's his longest streak since in the regular season OR postseason since January, 2011 (4 straight).[+]
Rashard Lewis This Postseason
Tim Duncan is averaging 19.5 points and 12.5 rebounds while shooting 66.7 percent from the field through the first 2 games of this series. He's putting up 20.0 points and 13.3 rebounds over his last 4 games, a nice increase over his averages through the first 16 games of this postseason.[+]
Tim Duncan This Postseason
Chris Bosh is averaging 18.0 points on 59.1 percent shooting this series and has connected on 4-of-6 shots from downtown - including a clutch 3-pointer with 1:17 remaining in Game 2 to put the Heat up for good, 95-93. Bosh surprisingly leads the Heat in 3-point makes this postseason with 29.[+]
Ray Allen has scored 25 points in 2 games off the bench this series. All other Heat bench players have combined to score just 7 total points in 103 minutes. For the series, Miami is being outscored 71-32 in bench points.[+]
Heat Bench - 2014 NBA Finals
LeBron James is averaging 30.0 points and 8.0 rebounds this series. But keep an eye out on how the Heat have been playing with him off the court. In the 26 minutes James has sat this series, the Heat have been outscored by 24 points. In the 70 minutes LeBron has been on the court, Miami is outscoring San Antonio by 11 points.[+]
Heat With LeBron James On/Off Court - 2014 NBA Finals
With Kawhi Leonard handling the unenviable task of defending LeBron James, he fouled out for the first time (regular season or postseason) in 243 career games. And he's scored 9 points apiece in each of the first 2 games of the NBA Finals. He was only held to single-digit scoring in 3 out of 18 playoff games previously this postseason.
A little over a third of Bosh's shots have come from 3-point range this postseason (67-200). Back in the 2011 playoffs (his first postseason in Miami), Bosh attempted 291 shots - and only 4 were of the 3-point variety.[+]
Chris Bosh Pct of Shots from 3-pt Range - Heat Playoff Career
The Heat have won a franchise-record 11 straight home playoff games dating back to Game 2 of the 2013 NBA Finals. Miami is 8-0 at home this postseason with an average margin of victory of 12.4 points per game. The Spurs are just 3-5 on the road this postseason, but their last road game was a series-clinching win at Oklahoma City in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals.[+]
Heat This Postseason
Gregg Popovich's philosophy is to close out quarters and more specifically end of halves. In Game 2, the Spurs shot 32.5% in the 2nd AND 4th quarter combined. That was their worst shooting percentage of this postseason. To put this in perspective, in the Popovich Era (since 1996-97) the Spurs have led the NBA in combined 2nd AND 4th quarter shooting percentage with 46.2% (min 100 games played as a team). The NBA average during that span is 44.6%.
The Spurs end the half up by 21 points (71-50). In the Popovich era, the Spurs are 46-0 in the postseason when they are up by more than 20 points at half time.
The best could still be yet to come from LeBron James... just like this year, the Heat were down 2 games to 1 a year ago in the Finals. Look at what James did in Games 4 through 7 of that series, putting up nearly 32 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals per game.[+]
James in 2013 NBA Finals Games 4-7
The Heat shot 32-62 from the field, good for 51.6%. Entering the night, Miami was 146-14 in the Big 3 Era (since 2010-11) when shooting 50% or better in ANY game (reg/playoff), including 85-7 at home.
In the last 30 seasons, Mario Chalmers is the only starter to play 50 minutes or more, score a total of 10 points or fewer and shoot 25% or less from the field in the NBA Finals.
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