SAN ANTONIO — The easiest target in sports is also the best teammate Chris Bosh has ever played with, and the most competitive and physical monster in a league filled with the most amazing athletes walking the earth today.
Don’t believe it?
Just watch go back and re-watch Game 2 of The Finals, when LeBron James (he finished with 35 and 10) took over the game, and perhaps this series, in a way only he can.
The man who couldn’t get back on the floor to help the Heat finish Game 1 was the catalyst for the Heat as they did exactly that in the fourth quarter of Game 2 here Sunday night, evening this series up at 1-1 as we head to Miami for Game 3 Tuesday night at American Airlines Arena.
His third quarter takeover changed everything.
“I do the same thing you all do when he gets going like that, Dwyane Wade said of LeBron’s wicked run after halftime, when he had 14 points on 6-for-7 shooting, 2-for-2 from beyond the 3-point line. “You sit back and watch the show. I know y’all do it, too. You’re not supposed to. But under your breath, I know you are.”
You don’t have to root for James or the Heat to be impressed with their resilience. This crew has still yet to dig itself a 2-0 hole in a series since the Big 3 joined forces. Six times they’ve lost Game 1 of a playoff series. They’ve never lost Game 2.
They showed up here on a business trip, to get one of these first two games on the Spurs’ home floor.
That business was handled Sunday night in what was a fantastic Game 2 of The Finals …
“We did our job,” Wade said.
Bosh doing his best LeBron (drive and kick) impersonation …
Bosh with the drive and dish to Wade for the clincher!
Hard to believe folks actually question whether Bosh is a Hall of Famer. 9 time All Star would be good enuf w/o the rings…—
Marques Johnson (@olskool888) June 09, 2014
Manu with the turnover, too hard for Timmy, critical mistake.
Heat and Lebron #cramping the Spurs style in Game 2 — okay before you point it out I know it's cheesy #hydrate people #cheers #up4whatever—
Rick Fox (@Rickafox) June 09, 2014
Cramp … you mean champs, right?
Spurs up 94-92, LeBron drives and kicks to Bosh for the corner 3 with 1:18 to play and the lead for good. And people question whether or not having him in there at the end of Game 1 would’ve made a difference. Foolishness!
The Heat outscored the Spurs by 11 points and shot 60.4 percent from the field with LeBron James on the court, per ESPN.—
Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 09, 2014
Nothing free about ‘em
Six free throws in 18 seconds, make the first two and then four straight (crucial) misses — the first two from TP and the second two from Timmy — at the line. Can’t happen at home if you’re trying to go up 2-0!
Spurs probably could have used one of those 4 straight FTs they missed in the 4th after the Chalmers flagrant on Parker—
Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) June 09, 2014
Bron Bron putting on a show tonight!
This is LeBron at his competitive best and his critics at their most silent!
Bron Bron ain’t playin—
Nate Jones (@JonesOnTheNBA) June 09, 2014
LeBron's auditioning for a guest spot on ABC's How to Get Away With Murder.—
Rich Levine (@rich_levine) June 09, 2014
Down goes Parker …
The Dean of Discipline with swift justice!
Like a Bash!
For a guy who swears he’s not interested in banging inside anymore, Mr. Bash looks awful good in the paint tonight.
This is the way Naismith meant for this game to be played!
Paul Flannery (@Pflanns) June 09, 2014
We’re not worthy Patty …
Wicked third quarter from both sides. Patty Mills shows up, though, to spark the Spurs off the bench. LeBron was a demon!
Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) June 09, 2014
Patty Mills, covers more mileage per minute than any player in the NBA. Also, drains 3s.—
Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) June 09, 2014
He’s hunting now. LeBron’s just flat-out hunting the rim on every possession, be it from a distance or point-blank range.
This is starting to feel like 2007 against Detroit!!!!!!—
Jamar (@jamarhudson) June 09, 2014
Cramp this …
Knock this man all you want, but no one competes at his level on both ends. NO ONE!
LeBron James 8-0 run in 51 seconds—
Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) June 09, 2014
LeBron heating up, and by that I mean … never mind. He has eight points in 54 seconds. Miami leads 64-62.—
Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) June 09, 2014
Hometown love … or not?
This is supposed to be Johnny Football‘s hometown. Guess blood ain’t thicker than #GoSpursGo
Johnny Manziel gets booed when shown on JumboTron sitting courtside during Spurs-Heat game.Manziel represented by LeBron's marketing company—
Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) June 09, 2014
Give the whistles a rest …
This is the one thing Heat and Spurs fans can agree on … no one wants the officiating to become a bigger factor than any of the playmaking going on between two great teams. #letemplay
It's clear that the officiating is guesswork both ways tonight. Just play through it. Complaining is the worst thing anyone can do.—
Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) June 09, 2014
Welcome to the neighborhood …
That’s good company for Timmy!
Call it even at halftime …
A fitting end to the first half, locked up at 43-43. Couldn’t ask for more from the Spurs or Heat. Could ask for better, but not more …
Twitter: "The Spurs have completely dominated this tie ball game."—
Beckley Mason (@BeckleyMason) June 09, 2014
Good half. Contentious. Couple legit highlights. No cramps. Yay basketball.—
Farmer Jones (@thefarmerjones) June 09, 2014
Chris Bosh the Poster Child!
Trust me when I tell you, this doesn’t end well for several of these people not named Bosh!
Timmy with the bomb to TP …
Maybe’s he’s a point guard after all?
Point GAWD Tim Duncan!—
Ben Hunt (@benhunted) June 09, 2014
LeBron heating up …
When the L-Train starts rolling, watch out.
Faces of Pop …
This is Pop’s reaction to just about everything … good, bad or whatever!
What Nique said …
When a Hall of Famer speaks, you should probably listen …
When is Pop passing out pictures of Ray Allen?
The one player in black you don’t leave open at the 3-point line is …
You’re either up or down …
End 1: Spurs 26, Heat 19
>SA: 11-19 FG, 2-3 3s, 2-3 FT
>Mia: 8-17, 1-3, 2-4
>LeBron: 1-4, 2 pts, -7
>Duncan: 5-6, 11 pts, +7—
Jeff Caplan (@Caplan_NBA) June 09, 2014
Numbers Never Lie!
Better get bigger!
I get Miami's commitment to positionless bball. It's won 2 titles. In this series, against TD, might need a guy whose position is "center."—
Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) June 09, 2014
Passing up good for great …
That extra pass makes all the difference in the world for the Spurs’ offense.
SPURS have 8 assists on their 9 made baskets..—
Dave Miller (@coachdavemiller) June 09, 2014
Boris Diaw Heat Killer!
Boris probes and finds TP in the corner for 3!
Diaw can dominate your YMCA games till he's 90—
Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) June 09, 2014
Timmy’s still got bounce …
There is no expiration date on greatness. Timmy still tip dunking at 38 …
Tip dunk for Tim Duncan? Who knew he still had it in him?—
Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) June 09, 2014
THE TIM DUNCAN ROBOT IS UNSTOPPABLE WHEN PROPERLY COOLED.—
Lang Whitaker (@langwhitaker) June 09, 2014
I believe the children are our future …
You know Miami will have a kid of their own ready for the anthem in Games 3 and 4!
when ppl’s kids sing, we tell the same lies as we do when someone gets a bad haircut and it’s too late to do anything about it.—
Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) June 09, 2014
Bench power …
From the desk of the Admiral!
Silver and Sterling …
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver spoke to the assembled media a short while ago. As you might imagine, effective shooting percentages did not come up. The major topics of discussion revolved, of course, around Donald Sterling and the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers and that pesky AC malfunction from Game 1.
VIDEO: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addresses the assembled media in San Antonio
It’s freezing in here.
It is absolutely frozen in this building tonight. A complete turnaround from Game 1. So no excuses for anyone about the weather inside the arena tonight. In fact, these guys might want to find their sleeves and long stockings …
Times are changing in Charlotte!
The Charlotte Hornets (yes, they are the Hornets again) with the classy move to celebrate their All-NBA center Big Al Jefferson!
Reunited and it feels so good!
All we need now is Jalen, Jimmy and Ray … #FabFiveReunited
DA sits down with Timmay!
Don’t take anyone else’s word for it. Just listen to the Big Fundamental!
VIDEO: David Aldridge sits down with Spurs living legend Tim Duncan