Thursday, June 13, 2013
Behind The Scoreboard
The Miami Heat went down in the first game of the NBA finals but they are a long shot from being out. When a closer look is taken at the 92-88 game, one can readily see that the Heat led the home-court contest for practically the entire game.
There is a wee bit of the revenge factor tied to this series – the Spurs knocked the king (before he was officially crowned) out of the 2007 playoffs. This was also the last year that San Antonio won a championship. Six years make a wide gap and a loss at home does not necessarily bode evil for the Heat. James had a triple double as a result of playing the whole court. More than one commentary was written about what the Heat needed to do to ensure that game two was a victory for the home team.
It was true that some solidly continuous adjustment might be in order to slow down ole number nine (Tony Parker). However, one of Parker’s shots, which gave the Spurs one of their most important leads, was just a phenomenal shot and I am not so sure that anything could have been done about that. If you recall, Tim Duncan also had one of those “impossible” shots.
Yours truly is not going to attempt to second guess Coach Spoelstra, but I am not so sure that giving James and Wade the extended bench minutes was the best decision of the evening with such a tenuous lead. Just a little later, Ray Allen was fouled on a trey attempt. Allen approached the charity stripe with all the calm that a “hard hatted” stevedore would exhibit when approaching a dockside task. He nailed all three, putting the Heat within striking distance. This elevated the Miami hope level in the soldout American Airlines Arena, but there was not enough time left.
The second home-court installment on Sunday evening shaped up to be yet another enjoyable segment in this championship run. One thing was certain, the level of intensity was there from the very beginning. Those providing the color commentary hinted at the possibility that the Heat would leave Miami down two. There were questions about the effectiveness of the “big three” (James, Bosh and Wade). Perhaps discounted was the fact that the Heat has reserve role players that somehow can enter the game at just the right time and add the “Oomph” that is needed to shore up the Heat’s intent.
Mike Miller, Chris Anderson (Bird Man) and Mario Chalmers just didn’t disappoint. Chalmers walked away with top scoring honors for the Heat in this game, which ended 103-84. The home-court advantage flips to San Antonio for the next trio of games. If the Heat wins just one of these games, San Antonio can hang up their spurs.
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