The Spurs see Miami’s blowout and raise them 17 after a 113-77 win against the defending champions. But it wasn’t how most people would have seen it coming.
Instead of the Spurs’ Big Three having 20 points each, a new Big Three emerged.
Gary Neal, Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green were the superstars. The three combined for 65 of the Spurs’ 113 points.
Green couldn’t miss a three-pointer in his dynamic 27-point game, helping the veteran team to score a finals record of 16 three-pointers in a game. No matter where he shot, it seemed like it always fell.
Neal also was huge when it came to three-point shooting, ending the game with 24 points and four rebounds. The two men are responsible for 13 of those 16 three’s made.
Due to their effectiveness from behind the arc, the Spurs caused Miami’s defense to have to spread out. Their trapping and double-teaming was no longer working like it had on the Pacers. This, to which the Heat had no answer.
Leonard was also a major component in the Spurs’ win (and this series), adding another double-double to his accomplishments (14 points, 12 rebounds). His defense and hustle added to the aggressiveness of San Antonio and the domination of the Miami Heat.
Despite Tim Duncan‘s 12-point performance, he and the other two of the Spurs’ Big Three were virtually invisible. Tony Parker only had six point before leaving in the third quarter with a hamstring injury. Manu Ginobili had only one more point than Parker and played 23 minutes, but did have six assists.
Although the Spurs shot 50 percent from behind the arc, the Heat played a really bad game.
The defending champions didn’t look like the same team that had just played in game two. Their Big Three was also off, but did combine for 43 of the Heat’s 77 points. During many parts of the game, LeBron James had a hard time getting any of his shots to fall and made bad passes, which resulted in turnovers.
Mike Miller‘s three-point shooting and effort was sometimes all that was keeping Miami relatively close in the game. After a certain point, however, it seemed almost useless. Miller ended with 15 points.
Miller’s shooting was the only good part of Miami’s game. The Heat did okay for the first half, only trailing by six by halftime. The third quarter was when San Antonio pulled away, just like the Heat did in game two.
If the Heat want a chance to win the next two games, they must consistently play for 48 minutes, giving all that they have. LeBron must be the catalyst for this consistency.
Game four will be played Thursday in San Antonio.
Note: Tony Parker will get an MRI today on his hamstring and is unsure of whether he will play Thursday.