24-Second Thoughts On Game 2




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24 – If you believe in good luck charms, then you have to believe that they can wear out, too. After just four home losses during the regular season, the Heat and 12-year-old national anthem singer Julia Dale have three playoffs losses and are just 2-2 in the previous four games. Time for a change?

23 – Does anyone else find it silly that the world of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh seems to end every time Miami loses a playoff game? After all, they’ve dropped Game 1 three times together over the past three seasons and then come back to win each of those series 4-1.

22 – Watching D-Wade firing up his team in the pre-game huddle, knowing the situation they’re in, don’t you just expect the Heat to win big here?

21 – Instant reply? Spurs commit turnover on their first possession, just like Game 1. If they only commit four more rest of the night, just like Game 1, Gregg Popovich will be a very happy — I know, that’s a relative term — man.

20 — For all the talk about how the Spurs stole the win in Game 1 with Tony Parker’s clutch shot at the end, too many people overlooked the Spurs’ poor shooting all night long. San Antonio was just 41.7 percent from the field and 30.4 on 3-pointers. If those start to drop … well, well, well, here comes Danny Greeeeen! 3-for-3 from downtown in first four minutes.

19 – This is obviously a pace and style that will make the Heat very happy. Spurs commit fifth turnover of the game with 3:23 left in the 1st quarter. They had five in all of Game 1 and the sloppy play is letting Miami be the aggressor.

18 – What’s left for the LeBron critics to pick at when he’s making the right rotations in the defense, getting that big block on Tim Duncan in the paint?

17 – Scoreboard says it’s tied at the end of the first quarter. But is there anybody who doesn’t feel like the Heat are up 22-22?

16 – Maybe he’s on his best behavior because it’s The Finals. Or maybe it’s just Doris Burke wearing basic black instead of one of Craig Sager’s psychedelic horse blankets. But the biggest under-performer of the first two games has been Popovich in his between quarters interviews. I want some nasty.

15 — Gary Neal takes the long range baton from Danny Green. He’s got eight points in his first seven minutes and the Spurs have hit 5-for-7 on 3s already. That’s one way to make up for all of those turnovers.

14 – Never mind winning the lottery. I’ve decided I could live comfortably plush for years if I just had a dollar for every casual viewer who’s ever walked by a TV and asked “Who is that guy?” the first time they’ve seen Chris “Birdman” Andersen.

13 — Give Chris Bosh credit for being active on the offensive boards. He’s already tipped the ball twice back outside to give the Heat a chance to reset for another possession and both times they’ve scored. He’s given up the long jumpers and playing closer to the basket in general.

12 – Just when everybody’s ready to push 31-year-old D-Wade around in a wheelchair covered in an afghan, here he is looking like his old self again with 10 points and four assists in a first half where LeBron (four points) has been hiding.

11 – In that open court, 1-on-1 showdown between LeBron and Danny Green, come on, admit it, how many picked Danny Boy as the winner? Green suckers James into miss the first time, but LeBron gets the benefit of bad call by ref Joe Crawford on the second time down the court.

10 — Danny Green has taken his talents to South Beach! These 3s are layups for him. Layups, I tell you.

9 – The Spurs have Kawhi Leonard backing off LeBron just a bit and have the other defenders closing down the driving lanes. If James is going to make something happen for himself in this one, it seems he would be wise to get himself down in the low post to show off those moves he learned from Hakeem Olajuwon.

8 – Paint this game Green. Danny Boy rejects LeBron under the basket at one end and then takes the ball to the hoop for his 17th point at the other end. How much longer before we’re calling him “The Chosen One?”

7 – For all the damage being done by the Spurs from behind the 3-point line, the two biggest buckets of the game so far might be those last two bombs from Ray Allen and Mike Miller. Mario Chalmers converts three-point play and 75-65 Heat edge after third quarter is the first double-digit lead by either side in The Finals. People rarely talk about Chalmers, but he has a way of stepping into the offensive gaps and drives strong to the hoop when the Heat need him.  Chalmers flies under the radar like one of those CIA drones.

6 — You can hold down LeBron’s scoring. You can open the door for every critic in every corner of the globe to rip him. But he still plays the game, sees the court and makes the right passes to his open teammates for good shots. See: Double-team from Tiago Splitter and Mike Miller 3.

5 – Now you know why Gregg Popovich looked like he was passing a kidney stone when Doris Burke asked him about those five turnovers in the first quarter. It’s up to 15 turnovers in the fourth and the Spurs are getting burned worse than English tourists on South Beach.

4 – Hello, Tiago! I’m pretty sure the last time anybody threw a tomahawk and did less damage was in the 1960s sitcom F Troop. LeBron at the rim with a facial that usually costs at least $150 at your local spa. Easily the best block of the entire playoffs. And that’s the fat lady you hear singing.

3 — Didn’t you always know that Tracy McGrady would lead a team to The Finals and play significant minutes? Well, it’s happened. That is, if you consider sitting at the end of the bench leading and sweeping up behind the elephants in garbage time significant. The only person who looks more lost and out of place is Manu Ginobili, who is forcing things way too much.

2 –  One word to define the Heat: resilient. They have not lost consecutive games since Jan. 8-10 at Phoenix and at Portland. Following their five losses in these playoffs, they’ve come back to win the next game by an average of 21.6 points. Hold off the end of the world, break-up-the-Big Three talk. Now we’ve got a series. Just the way we always knew we would.

1 – OK, maybe it’s just me.  But seeing Pop sit at the podium and explain to the assembled media that missing lots of shots and making lots of turnovers is a bad combination, I can’t help thinking of Dean Wormer in Animal House: “Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.”

50 Comments

  1. DriveFerFive says:

    I admit, I got it wrong…had Heat winning Game 1 and Spurs winning Game 2…. bring it to the AT&T Center and let’s get it on!!!

  2. I told u tht the Heat would win

  3. Wade_Legend says:

    Well, sour losers will always wine about officiating! Why? because they cannot accept that their team was weaker! How can somebody talk of a conspiracy theory when Lebron was called for TWO incorrect fouls. The first while rebounding, and the second while making a screen.There are always officiating mistakes against both sides, but blind fans only see the calls that were called against them.

  4. ism says:

    If you believe what people write on the internet, there must be a huge number of basketball fans believing that the NBA, including refs, is rigged and biased towards teams like Miami. While there may be tendencies for officiating player A differently to player B, which is human, I highly doubt that there is an agenda. However, I think a statement by the NBA about this matter would help clarify things, I guess. I know you shouldn’t add fuel to the flames but the number of people whining about rigged refs is RIDICULOUS, it seems.

  5. Andrew says:

    Watching of Lebron blocking Tiago… Tiago got off the floor like 2 inches and from the angle of the entry it looked like it was going to be a miss dunk anyways. Not taking anything from Lebron but Tiago probably thought of getting a foul call instead of a dunk… LOL

  6. NBA is rigged says:

    Very biased officiating in this game. Spurs where manhandled in the paint and seldom got the benefit of the boubt.
    James playing awful but he and his team got all the calls. This is a huge reason they get these blowout wins. They get the very friendly home calls. Not a fan of either team. But I hate the way the league pampers this so-called MIami super team. The Heat will win. To Stern and his refs it’s a done deal. By the way James is still a choker he’s just surrounded by better personel.

    • kumag says:

      yeah and the refs were all the cause of that many turnovers and all those bricked shots of the spurs, pathetic get a life

    • Choker ha ha. Stop crying and the hate. The Heat will win because they are far better team than Spurs. Spurs got blown out because they are no match for the talented Heat team. Biased officiating but by how much pshhh its a blow out dude. Heat in 6. MJ was surrounded by talent all his championship years. Pippen 50 greatest, Rodman rebounding machine, Kerr top five 3point%, Paxon, Kukoc known as MJ of Europe and the greatest coach of all time Phil Jackson.

    • Stop crying and the hate and accept the greatness of a KING!. The Heat will win because they are far better team than Spurs. Spurs got blown out because they are no match for the talented Heat team biased officiating pshhh it was a blow out dude. Heat in 6. MJ was surrounded by talent all his championship years. Pippen 50 greatest, Rodman rebounding machine, Kerr top five 3point%, Paxon, Kukoc known as MJ of Europe and the greatest coach of all time Phil Jackson. MJ was a choker too he lost to Pistons.

    • You're an idiot says:

      Bad officiating? Yeah maybe but against miami. Heat was only able to draw 3 more fouls than spurs. They both shot 14 ft. For a team like miami whose bread and butter is driving to the basket and drawing fouls. A margin of 3 fouls can already be considered bad officiating so stop your idiotic rambling.
      Nba pampers miami heat? Do you really watch their playoff games? There is only one game in the indiana-miami series where they were able to draw more fouls.
      James a choker? He struggled early on but he was able to deliver in the decisive late run by the miami to rout the sours. Isn’t that clutch? Freaking idiot.

    • RH says:

      I agree. I saw LeBron move his eyeball on that illegal screen.

  7. Heat is recovering where are the nba writers now?

  8. Murray says:

    The Heat should win at least 1 game in San Antonio. I still think the Heat in 6 or 7

  9. benjie says:

    Im pretty sure that game 1 for the spurs was a steal game. And the miami is tired from a game 7 series with indiana.
    The miami heat when they win is a blowout. This is a NBA final game nobody could blow a 20 point lead in a series.
    Come on .Even the Chicago bulls Jordan era could have not beaten a team in the finals with that margin.Specially San Antonio .

  10. ism says:

    WHAT Nba.com are you guys talking about?
    I didn’t read an article counting out the Heat.
    Of course, you gotta give SAS credit for snitching game 1.
    But they only led for less than 6 minutes in game 1 and most writers seemed to take that into account.
    Really looking forward to games 3-5.
    1 win and the Heat can profit from home court advantage again.
    Tough task for SAS to close this out on home court.

    I think, given both teams are at 100%, the Heat have the upper hand here, but I’d like to see more people acknowledging how hard they have to fight with their small ball lineup, swarm defense and ridiculously low rebounding numbers. This team is like a beehive on crack and has to be, but people on the internet always talk about a bought team that has the refs on their side.

  11. Also why is it that for both of gms 1 & 2 wade & lbj have a total of 3 fouls combined-2 for lbj in gm 2 & 1 for wade in gm 2 & 0 each for gm 1. Yet Spurs hot shooter Green foul trouble each gm-3 in gm 1 & 4 in gm 2. It seems on paper both gms were called even but the key is who they’re called on & @ which point in the game-like Duncan’s early bad calls in gm 1 yet they still won. As physical as both lbj & wade are how do they both have next to no fouls after 2 gms-again 0 fouls on them in gm 1. Spurs would have probably sweep heat if calls were completely consistent-especially w/ heat key players taking them off the floor @ key points in the game like refs did to Green when he was hot in gm 2.
    Go Spurs!!!

  12. Roi says:

    No disrespect, but was this really a block on Duncan? watch the replay. Lebron’s right hand doesn’t even make contact with the ball. his left, though, is at Duncan’s face, pushing him down. Has someone changed the ruls of the game while I slept?

  13. jack23 says:

    by the way, this writer is blind,..it goes with his name,..last time he talked like its the end for Miami,…any other blogger whos more sense than this?..get life FRAN!

  14. jack23 says:

    Spurs just gave them the chance?…are you kidding me?..lollll all i could is laugh at your comment, pathetic! are u a fortune teller wannabe??..sit down and relax next game, your Spurs will no longer get a WIN!!

  15. I don’t see much of any hurdle for Spurs after this gm 2 routing-just because it was a blow out means nothing for the rest of the series. As many turnovers Spurs had & still kept it close till late 3rd qu you’d think heat would’ve had early 20 pt lead. Even though it seemed a fair called game, why were there different refs than gm 1-seems strange? As much as Parker was getting in the paint 3rd qu he wasn’t getting any calls & w/ heats trap pressure defense there was a lot of contact from heat 3rd qu-i’m def not blaming officials-there just was a lot of contact in heats trapping that refs could’ve called 3rd & 4th qu. I think Pops seen how the blown calls were going & pulled the main guys early-why have them kill themselves when it’s clear Parker can get in the paint any time he wants but not get the calls-TP was in there double times lbj. None the less, Spurs did some of what they set out to do in first 2 in miami while still not playing @ the top of their game-taking 2 & going back to SA would’ve been real great but 1 is still really good for Spurs taking home court. In playoffs anything can change from game to game but there’s more hurdles for heat than Spurs w/ Spurs taking 1 in miami. Best believe Spurs especially Duncan will be on fire next gm after this poor performance & still kept it close most of gm 2.
    Go Spurs!!!

  16. Well Spurs-would’ve like to see up 2-0 going back to SA but 1 out of 2 still is damn good against the ecc-Spurs still did some of what they set out to do in miami. After sloppy offense in game 2 & still kept it close most of gm-u best believe Spurs will be on fire next gm especially Duncan & Manu-Spurs will be fine.
    Go Spurs!!!

  17. J says:

    what an awesome article i loved it!!!!!!
    heat in 6!!!

  18. J says:

    fran blinebury worked in nba since 1977?! wow

  19. MikeR says:

    Spurs in 6!

  20. Ren says:

    Heat played better defense tonight, and I felt that the Spurs didn’t kept their composure and eventually loss the game. Parker didn’t get few calls that he liked to have during his drive to the basket and I believed that led to his reduction in focus and hold the ball too long for 1 on 1 play. He could have used his team mates a lot better today. Manu still struggling and I felt he was little stubborn to believe that he could only help by driving the ball or shooting the 3′s. He’s a way better player than that. I hope and I believe he will find his way. Overall, Spurs just couldn’t contain Miami tonight during the 3rd quarter. Normally, you rarely see Spurs lost it like that, but this shows you how strong Miami can be. Today, you see exactly how Miami can kill you just from few bad plays that led to dunks and open 3s. They fed off from that. Just like OKC.

    Few things I argue is that Tim/Parker shots were not those that they normally made. They said they were, but really if you review more closely, those shots were a lot tougher. Timmy attempted few bad ones as well. Even great players and teams can lose track especially in the NBA Final.

  21. PeterB says:

    Forgot to add – year was 1972

  22. PeterB says:

    Go back and watch Milwaukee Bucks (Kareem and Oscar, defending champs) vs. Lakers with Wilt, West, Goodrich, and company. Game One – Milwaukee crushed the Lakers at Los Angeles, ultimately, the team that with more depth and a better team game prevailed in 6. Spurs did what they wanted to in the first two games, acquiring home court advantage. Let’s see how tough the Heat are in Texas.

  23. Kim 44 says:

    James getting the benefit of a Crawford call. Is anyone not at all surprised by this.

    • HeatfansinceWade says:

      @Kim 44, The Spurs got Blown out! Stop your conspiracy theories! Its blinding you to the fact that the Spurs got Blown out LOL.

    • darkabs says:

      I was surprised that Crawford correctly called that foul on Green … i was expecting him to call a charge on James, just like he had already called 2 absurd fouls (one with James picking a rebound over Duncan and the other one with James setting a non-moving screen).

      Crawford is always calling “strange” fouls on James…

      • hipster says:

        Yeah,

        I’m a Spurs fan and no fan of LeBron, but I agree- LeBron picked up some questionable calls last night. He was moving about as much as a statue on that screen and he did not come over Duncan’s back, he just jumped higher (not hard to do since Duncan’s vert is about 2 inches).

        The refs have actually been pretty good overall. So far. I expected the Heat to get a lot more calls, but it’s been a pretty well-officiated finals. I hope that keeps up because I enjoy watching the players play more than I enjoy watching them shoot free throws.

  24. Heat win finals in 5 says:

    As I’ve said before if Miami Lose game 1 they will win the remaining 4.
    Heat in 5!

  25. aron says:

    The finals haven’t yet started and every NBA blog writers have written off the heat. After game 1, all of them were pretty sure that the Spurs were taking the Heat to the cleaners. After the “oohhs” and “aahhh” when Parker hit the “shot”, it seemed to them that the Spurs up 1-0 was their validation that they were right all along.

    Now with the series tied and the Heat drubbing the Spurs silly in game 2. Expect the NBA.com bloggers changing coats, praising the Heat and saying all along that the Heat can give the Spurs a run for their money.

    Heat in 6 or 7.

  26. Feelazone says:

    It’s all your own opinion.. 50/50 chances for both teams, win or lose. No way Spurs gave them a chance in game 2, i don’t ever ever believe that! I would rather believe luck may be carries the game for MIA, but if u say spurs gave them a chance, as u wish! Just like in game 1, it’s just like luck made Spurs win the game..

    Violent reaction?????

  27. chard says:

    heat in 6 !

  28. Rafael_Certero says:

    I am totally sure that Spurs will make a better job for the next game, but Miami Heat will beat San Antonio at the end of the day. Championship is almost in their pocket

  29. Duv says:

    What is this pointless dribble? How about a real story or something else to debate? As an aside, I’m not a fan of either team but I want to see a well-contested finals series which is appropriately being played between the two best teams this year. The next three games in San Antonio should be interesting. Spurs are really tough to beat there. What a challenge for LBJ, the greatest player (at the moment). Who else thinks Birdman needs more minutes? I know Haslem is well respected by his teammates but I’d like to see more rotations using Birdman and Bosh playing at his natural 4 position. Spurs, I’m wondering why it is Ginobili cannot step up his game more? He needs to. He’s shown flashes of brilliance but sometimes seems lost in the rotations.

  30. the spurs just gave them a chance…they have 3 games in a row in san antonio…those games should do the job hahaha

    • anthony says:

      doubt that highly lol, Spurs aren’t going to win all 3 of those games and all miami has to do is win 1 or 2 if possible. I don’t have a dog in the fight so don’t label me a heat fan or new spurs fan lol

    • SoFlaFan says:

      HaHaHaHa!!!!! GAVE them a chance????? HaHaHa!!!!

      I can’t even say anything to you, all I can do is laugh, “GAVE” the game to the Heat????? Hahaha!!!!!!

    • Kei says:

      Where’s the lakers?

    • LBJKIN6JAMES says:

      Just another pathetic sounding heat hater… get back on the Spurs Bandwagon! you just sound stupid …

    • Silence I'll kill u says:

      just go fishing with ur lakers. u talking too much feelin ur SAS fan.

  31. LS says:

    WHAT was the purpose of this article? It’s just a bunch of ramblings.

  32. Wade_Legend says:

    Its funny how all nba.com writers change their opinions from game to game. Just a few days ago Mr. Blinebury was already counting out the heat!