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GameDay Live: Heat-Spurs Game 2


VIDEO: LeBron James took over Game 2 and this series with his work in the third quarter Sunday night

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.

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Bosh doing his best LeBron (drive and kick) impersonation … 

Bosh with the drive and dish to Wade for the clincher!


VIDEO: Chris Bosh with The Play(s) of The Day for the Heat

Oy, Manu! 

Manu with the turnover, too hard for Timmy, critical mistake.

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!

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!

Bron Bron putting on a show tonight! 

This is LeBron at his competitive best and his critics at their most silent!

Down goes Parker … 

The Dean of Discipline with swift justice!

@chrisbosh slams it home in Game 2 of the #NBAFinals on ABC. #phantomcam

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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.

Breathe 

This is the way Naismith meant for this game to be played!

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!

Flashback …

He’s hunting now. LeBron’s just flat-out hunting the rim on every possession, be it from a distance or point-blank range.

Cramp this …

Knock this man all you want, but no one competes at his level on both ends. NO ONE!

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Hometown love … or not?

This is supposed to be Johnny Football‘s hometown. Guess blood ain’t thicker than #GoSpursGo

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

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 …


VIDEO: Chris Bosh goes hard in the paint

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?

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 …

Plus-Minus

Babe!

Numbers Never Lie!

Better get bigger!

#RealTalk!

Passing up good for great …

That extra pass makes all the difference in the world for the Spurs’ offense.

Boris Diaw Heat Killer!

Boris probes and finds TP in the corner for 3!

Timmy’s still got bounce …

There is no expiration date on greatness. Timmy still tip dunking at 38 …

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!

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

Cool breeze?

It’s freezing in here.

No joke.

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 …

Ray Allen & the @miamiheat look to even up the #NBAFinals 1-1, 8pm/et on ABC.

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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

Morning Shootaround — June 7


VIDEO: Popovich discusses Finals opener, looks toward Game 2

NEWS OF THE MORNING

Spurs look to get sharper for Game 2 | LeBron knows he’s an easy target | AT&T Center air is working | Utah Jazz hire Quin Snyder | Kings to give Rudy Gay full-court press

No. 1: Spurs look to get sharper for Game 2 — Even though the Spurs ended up winning Game 1 of The Finals by a whopping 15 points, 110-95, there were several facets of their game that could be tightened up in Game 2. And don’t you just know that Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is going to be all over the little things?

Right at the top of the list were 23 turnovers, an amount that almost always spells doom against the Heat. Indeed, Thursday’s game marked just the fifth time in 52 games they’ve lost when forcing at least that many since signing LeBron James and Chris Bosh before the start of the 2011-12 season.

“For us, that’s always a bad sign,” said Popovich, even though his team is 12-6 this season when committing 18 or more miscues. “We escaped last night by shooting the ball the way we did, I guess. So if that continues, we’re going to have a big problem.”

Every bit as galling were the wide-open 3-pointers conceded by a defense that allowed the fewest makes from long range in the NBA this season. The Heat still made 12-for-29 beyond the arc, but it could have been far worse had they capitalized on more looks.

In particular, Ray Allen missed three open 3s in the span of two possessions. They were among nearly 30 Miami jumpers classified as open by NBA.com’s player tracking data, the type of breakdowns that gave Popovich the sweats even beyond the sweltering temperature at the AT&T Center.

“I thought they missed some wide, wide open shots that they had, that scare you to death once you watch the film,” Popovich said. “That’s not just blowing smoke or an exaggeration.  There were about seven or eight wide-open threes they had that just didn’t go down.”

The Heat helped mitigate those mistakes by suffering similar breakdowns. In addition to committing 18 turnovers of their own — leading to 27 points for the Spurs, one more than Miami scored on their miscues — they pitched almost no resistance at the 3-point line as the Spurs made 13 of 25 from long range.

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No. 2: LeBron knows he’s an easy target — LeBron James was carried off the court with cramps toward the end of Game 1, and despite suffering from an injury where he couldn’t really move, LeBron was still on the business end of a lot of jokes. In an interview with ESPN’s Michael Wilbon, LeBron said he understands that the criticism goes with the territory.

“For me, all I can control is what I control,” James told Wilbon. “For me, as one of the leaders of our team, one of the biggest competitors of our team, and knowing what it takes to win, for me, I’ll maintain my focus and get ready for Game 2. (There’s) anger in the sense that I wasn’t able to be out there for my teammates to possibly help them win Game 1 of the Finals. But what I can control is what I do to prepare myself mentally going to the next game.”

Heading into the 2011-12 season, James made it a point to start attempting to enjoy his life more, and to do that he stopped consuming as much media. After seeking the advice of Hall of Famers Isiah Thomas and Jerry West, James said that he started to focus on enjoying the process and the journey instead of focusing solely on the end result.

In the three seasons since, James said he has gotten more comfortable and become more immune to attacks.

“I can’t play the game of basketball and live my life on what other people expect me to do or what they think I should do, that doesn’t make me happy,” James said. “What makes me happy is being able to make plays for my teammates, to be able to represent the name on the back of my jersey. That’s what makes me happy. What everybody else thinks? That doesn’t really matter to me.”

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No. 3: AT&T Center air is working — Big news for everyone playing in Game 2, not to mention all the fans and media who will be in attendance: The Spurs say the air conditioning inside the AT&T Center has been fixed and is working! Probably a good idea to go ahead and hydrate, though, just in case.

The Spurs issued a statement during Thursday’s humid, cramp-inducing game that pinned the blame on an electrical problem. Friday morning the Spurs announced the problem — whatever it was — had been fixed.

“The electrical failure that caused the AC system outage during Game 1 of the NBA Finals has been repaired,” Spurs spokesman Carlos Manzanillo said in a written statement released Friday morning

“The AC system has been tested, is fully operational and will continue to be monitored,” Manzanillo continued.

“The upcoming events at the AT&T Center, including the Romeo Santos concert tonight, the Stars game on Saturday night and Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday, will go on as scheduled. We apologize for the conditions in the arena during last night’s game.”

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No. 4: Utah Jazz hire Quin Snyder — As the Jazz continue their rebuilding campaign, they’ve hired a coach working to rebuild his own reputation. Quin Snyder was once the fast track to a career as a college coach, but when that didn’t work out he ended up bouncing around professional basketball and working his way up. Now he will be the eighth head coach in Jazz franchise history.

One ‘n’ in his first name. Two majors and advanced degrees from Duke University. Three Final Four appearances as a point guard with the Blue Devils. Four previous jobs in the NBA, including with the Clippers, Sixers, Lakers and Hawks.

Five on the list of Jazz coaches since the franchise moved to Utah in 1979, following in the footsteps of Tyrone Corbin, Jerry Sloan, Frank Layden and Tom Nissalke.

Six gigs in the past five years, including this new one and stops in Atlanta, Moscow, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Austin, Texas.

And the list of accolades, accomplishments, trivial tidbits, flowing hair references and, yes, questions about his past go on for this former Missouri coach, who will be formally introduced to Utah in a Saturday morning press conference.

“The opportunity to join the Utah Jazz and to be part of such a highly respected franchise with an incredibly bright future is a great honor,” Snyder said via a statement released by Jazz PR. “I approach this opportunity with gratitude and humility and am committed to doing everything I can to help the Jazz become a championship-caliber team.”

If that last phrase sounds familiar, it might be because Snyder had a working relationship with Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey from 2007-10 when they both worked for the San Antonio organization. “Championship-caliber team” is a phrase Lindsey has repeated often since he was hired as the Jazz general manager since leaving his assistant GM position with the Spurs two years ago.

After deciding to not renew Corbin’s contract following the 25-57 rebuilding season of 2013-14, Lindsey and Jazz ownership believe Snyder is the guy who can best help get this franchise back to that level. Not only is he well known for being a bright basketball mind, but he’s also been credited for developing talent and being a motivating leader.

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No. 5: Kings to give Gay full-court press — Sacramento forward Rudy Gay has a few weeks to decide whether he’ll use an opt-out clause that could make him an unrestricted free agent. On the one hand, if he hits free agency he could sign a long-term deal. On the other hand, if he doesn’t opt-out, he will make a reported $19 million next season. Seems like an easy choice, but the Kings intend to make sure Gay stays a King by putting together a high-tech presentation that will include virtual reality glasses.

Hall of Famers Chris Mullin and Mitch Richmond, a former Kings star, are expected to join Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, general manager Pete D’Alessandro and head coach Michael Malone when they meet with Gay.

Gay was originally expected to have the meeting in his offseason home of Memphis, but preferred to have it in Sacramento.

When asked recently about his decision process, Gay told Yahoo Sports: “I’m just taking my time. That’s all.”

If Gay opts into his contract for next season, it could pave the way for future extension talks. During the meetings, the Kings also will have Gay wear a headset with eyewear that will give him a complete virtual digital tour of the inside of the new Kings arena, including the locker room and arena floor. The new Kings arena is expected to open in September 2016.

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SOME RANDOM HEADLINES: Donald Sterling still hasn’t signed the papers to complete the sale of the Clippers … Scott Brooks will be back next season in OKC … Before hiring himself as head coach, Flip Sanders tried to hire Jeff Van Gundy in Minnesota … This guy tracks every tattoo in the NBA … 76ers are looking into building a waterfront practice facility in New Jersey … Jabari Parker might be a nice fit in MilwaukeeAlvin Gentry is still in the mix for the Cavs’ coaching gig … But Derek Fisher is not in the mix in Los Angeles