The Eastern Conference reserve stars consists of Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler, Al Horford, Kyrie Irving, Paul Millsap, and Jeff Teague. This is Butler’s first time being here and also Teague’s. Russell Westbrook, Klay Thompson, Chris Paul, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Tim Duncan, and LaMarcus Aldridge headline the Western Conference reserves. This is Klay Thompson’s and DeMarcus Cousin’s first All-Star game. I expect this all-star game to be full of dunks and thrills.
As he got cramps in Game 1, Lebron James wondered if he was going to get over it in Game 2. He scored 35 points on this night to bring the series to a 1-1 tie and the series shifts to Miami. He was unstoppable as Miami is trying to tell San Antonio, “Hey, we’re playing it right too,” and having a tandem of Chris Bosh and Rashard Lewis definitely tries and open up the Heat’s bigs on perimeter shooting. What will the Heat do for an encore? They have Game 3 in Miami. How do the Spurs try and adjust to the Heat following their Game 2 loss?
The Spurs returned to their dominant selves in Game 5 in San Antonio. They routed the Thunder in every single aspect of the game. No excuse for the Thunder’s chance to win. Kevin Durant couldn’t come up big to win. Now, the Thunder have to win Game 6 in order to win Game 7 in San Antonio. In Miami, the Heat advance to win 117-92 and now await the winner of the Oklahoma City Thunder-San Antonio Spurs West finals. It was a team game for the Miami Heat. Chris Bosh had 25 points and Rashard Lewis and Mario Chalmers had 13 as Miami continued its rout over Indiana.
Chris Bosh got off to a fast start, Lebron James was his usual dominant self, and the Heat never looked so good in Game 4. When the Heat play basketball, Lebron James has a variety of teammates he can pass to score because he is versatile and his talent allows him to see who he can get the basketball to in transition. The Pacers were dismal against a Miami team that was determined to get to the basket and play better basketball.
The Spurs are one win away from winning the NBA title again. The Miami Heat are one loss away. What’s missing from these NBA Finals? The capacity to play spectacular defense by either team. We haven’t seen a close game since Game 1 of the 2013 NBA Finals in which the Spurs won 92-88. The Heat will need to play catch-up and have to play angry for Game 6 in order that they survive their elimination game. Lebron James will have to play the game of his life, although that will be 50% unlikely, because the Spurs defense has nothing to do with Lebron James, it’s on Lebron James. Give the San Antonio defense credit for hounding Dwyane Wade and Lebron James, but don’t give Wade and James credit for trying to score points, because it’s their offense that is stalling, not the Spurs defense causing them to miss shots. What’s left to do? James and Wade must ignite their two-man fast break and when they do that, Miami perimeter shooters like Ray Allen, Mario Chalmers, and Chris Bosh make their shots. Any way to win Game 6 for Miami? They must play like there is no tomorrow. They made mince meat out of the Milwaukee Bucks and the Chicago Bulls for the first round and second round and had to survive seven games with the Indiana Pacers in order to move on. The Heat have to impose to play their brand of basketball in which James and Wade run their two-man fast break in which they did so well against Milwaukee and Chicago in the first and second round. What do the Spurs need to do in order to win Game 6? Play exactly like the way you did to win Game 5. Danny Green must continue to make three-pointers, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobli must continue to step up like always and make the Miami Heat bleed with their continued consistency of points and steady defense. I’d say that the Miami Heat aren’t closing out the Spurs perimeter players on defense in Games 2 and 4, in which they won, because they aren’t running Danny Green or Gary Neal or any one who is threatening to shoot the long ball out of the arena.
1. Manu Ginobli gets going and he gets hot with his perimeter shooting.
2. Tony Parker and Tim Duncan contribute in big ways to the Spurs’ game plan, whether it be scoring, assists, rebounds, or defense.
3. Watch out for the Lebron James-Dwyane Wade fast break.
4. Mario Chalmers, Chris Bosh, and Ray Allen shoot the lights out of the gym.
Chris Bosh had an awful game in Game 3. He bounced back. Dwyane Wade came up with a big game. Lebron James was his usual dominant self. Welcome back, Big Three. With a win over the San Antonio Spurs 109-93, the NBA Finals is now tied 2-2 and it is now a best of 3. Ray Allen had 14 points off the bench. The Heat needed some big contributions from their Big Three and it showed. The Heat showed tremendous heart to start the game and they did fine. The Heat are determined to win Game 5 so they can go back to Miami for Game 6 to start celebrating a championship game.