The San Antonio Spurs put out a whooping 111 points here in Game 3 in Miami. Everybody on the Spurs contributed to the victory. No one was left unaccounted for. How do basketball commentators and analysts get to this? How does anyone explain Miami’s behavior in Game 3? The Heat didn’t come prepared to play, that’s for sure. If Miami continues not to show up like they did in Game 3, expect San Antonio to win the NBA title in Game 5. Lebron James, that’s no excuse. If this is your realm, you need to show Tim Duncan, Gregg Popovich, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobli that this is your home court. Lebron, you need to show your talent to Duncan, Popovich, Parker, and Ginobli that you are capable of taking them on. How does the San Antonio Spurs explain this onslaught of the Miami Heat? Simple. The Spurs played better basketball. They moved the basketball, they found the open man, and shot the ball when they had an open shot.
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.
“If you can have continuity, a good group, a team, so to speak, and all that that entails and keep it in a continuous manner so that it grows more or less upon itself, within itself and the knowledge and understanding continues to grow you have a pretty good understanding. You can deal with adversity and you cannot get too pumped up about success but just enjoy it and realize how fleeting it might be. But the change, change, change, change, change thing doesn’t really work. You can see that in a lot of organizations. The continuity I think breeds, it breeds trust, it breeds camaraderie, it breeds a feeling of responsibility that each member holds towards the other. The ability to be excited for each other’s success, not to develop territory and walls, but to stay participatory. To be able to discuss, to argue and come out at the end on the same page with the same passion and the same goals.” – San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich
This is what I think should be the quote of the year. The San Antonio Spurs in basketball have one of the more level-headed organizations when it comes to disciplining players and coaching them. Gregg Popovich, R.C. Buford, and Peter Holt have created a long-lasting culture that has tamed the best of what the NBA’s best basketball teams has to offer. NBA basketball teams don’t last longer than the San Antonio Spurs, because they have a staple of foundation in Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobli that has lasted longer and matured longer than the Michael Jordan-era of the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s and the Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal-led Los Angeles Lakers teams. The San Antonio Spurs have learned from experience longer and faster and are full of wisdom when it comes to winning and losing playoff games. If there’s a playoff game going on, Gregg Popovich will let you know what is up with you and what you need to do to improve. Everybody on the San Antonio Spurs are playing as a team, from the number one star player to the last player on the roster. Everyone plays as a Spurs basketball player and has a role every time they step onto the court. The Spurs adapt very well to a lot of basketball situations and because basketball coaching is situational, they know how to scout their opponents, down from their strengths to their weaknesses. The Spurs are very good at doing what they need to do to stop their opponents from winning the game. There is no team that is more together than the San Antonio Spurs.
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.
The Miami Heat win this game 103-84 behind strong defense and a balanced offense that had role players like Mario Chalmers stepping up and making big shots. When that happened and Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, and Lebron James were making their shots, everything went Miami’s way. The Heat ran rampant over San Antonio. The Heat disrupted Tony Parker penetrating when he picked-and-rolled and made turnovers on points whenever he tried to make a play. It was a smart move by Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, because the Heat needed to find a way to contain Parker’s penetration into the passing lanes and where he gets easy points. Tony Parker was the reason why Miami lost control of Game 1. The Heat let up and Parker got his points. I think most importantly of all, the Heat took Game 2 very seriously because they lost Game 1 and some momentum into Game 2. Look to see the San Antonio Spurs review plays where they couldn’t recover on the pick-and-roll because the Heat burned their opponents on open plays and wide open jump shots and three pointers. San Antonio wasn’t expecting to see Miami opening up on three pointers and jump shots whenever Wade or Chalmers were trying to get open. Congrats to Miami for opening up opportunities on their perimeter game. Now San Antonio goes home with a split and figure out how they won Game 1, because they need to duplicate their success like they did in Game 1 again in Game 3. They need Parker at his best, making layups and open jump shots and Ginobli and Duncan doing well again in order to win Game 3.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have the number one pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. Who will they pick? I haven’t been keeping track of the NBA draft prospects, but I am excited to learn who will go first. They will need to pick a player who will learn how to play with Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, and Tristan Thompson, because they are all young and willing to learn how to master the craft of playing basketball.
Tim Duncan is on his way to getting his 5th NBA title. What gives? Manu Ginobli and Tony Parker are helping Duncan get his fifth NBA ring. He is 37 years old and has a college degree in psychology at Wake Forest and has accumulated several NBA titles. He is quite accomplished. Duncan is a smart man who knows how to play basketball and lessen his mistakes on the court, because he knows his limitations and knows how to use his limitations to his advantage whenever he can.
Lebron James is on his way to his second NBA title, if only he can win against these pesky Indiana Pacers two more times. He has done everything humanly possible to solve the Miami Heat’s troubles, because he is a gifted basketball player on the cusp of greatness. He can play all five NBA positions and with a player who has a natural gift for the game of basketball, he will certainly be a Hall of Famer one day.
Tim Duncan is the best at what he does. No one can rattle Tim Duncan. Shaquille O’Neal has tried to get under Duncan’s skin. No success. Duncan is the reason why San Antonio has a 2-0 series lead. He makes the Spurs go with his patent bank shot that he makes and the jump hooks and 20-foot jumpers he makes. Manu Ginobli and Tony Parker are hard to contain, when they are making their jump shots and getting whatever kind of layups they are getting in the paint. You also can’t rely on your offense against the San Antonio Spurs, because the Spurs have your offense scouted. They have your best offense scouted to a T and then try to contain your best scorer to limit an amount of points. The Spurs have scouted the play of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph and have limited them successfully to doing a number of things. Gregg Popovich is a successful head coach who knows how to play basketball the right way and has treated his best player the same way he has with the twelfth guy on the roster. No one has escaped Popovich’s masterful art of coaching because he has mentored them mentally and has cheered them on from scoring to rebounding to defense and preached everything from getting his hard hat on. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Spurs do try and win Games 3 and 4 in Memphis.