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Gerry V: 2013 NBA Finals Game #2
Game #2 is now done and Miami has provided us with some tasty morsels for your next lunch or dinner conversation.
Here are a few items that you can inject while you and you dinner guest discuss the game. Use them as you see fit.
- The Heat won Game 2 103-84…Why?
- Better defensive effort… they switched up vs pick and rolls at times vs the blitz schemes they used in Game #1… Miami defended well, evidence of this was the number of times the Spurs found themselves in “late clock” situations and had to settle for the jumper.
- Balanced scoring from several players
*James only had 17, but Chalmers and others kicked in some numbers.
- The Heat has terrific defensive team speed, and we saw more of that this time because they forced 17 turnovers for 19 pts.
*Remember I mentioned that Miami likes to run off turnovers, and they won the Fast break game 13-3
- A bloody 33-5 Miami run was simply devastating… The Heat shot 12/13 in that run while the Spurs were 2-10 with 6 turnovers… Miami also attempted five 3’s and made them all… It went from a 62-61 game to 94-67!
- Miami won the last 5 minutes of the game 17-7 as they went 6/9 FG’s vs 3-6 for the Spurs… Miami made 2/3 with their 3’s…The Spurs zero… Miami went 3/3 FT’s and the Spurs 1/2…..the ‘Kill” stat was watching the Spurs turn the ball over 4 times in those 5 minutes, giving up 8 pts.
- Chalmers and James were terrific when they ran the pick and roll together… 6/9.
- The Spurs were a poor 10/23 shooting the ball within 5 ft (keep that stat in mind in Game #3 as that indicates shot location… If the Spurs make those shots or continue that kind of penetration it could be painful for Miami.
- The Spurs defense was strained and stretched as the Heat were getting numbers from more than 7 players…
- I can’t remember the last time Tim Duncan player so poorly in a playoff game… Tim Duncan is 3-16 when defended by Udonis Haslem… when Udonis is the main defender or rotating help defender.
- Miami won quarters 2,3, and 4… margins of +5… +5… +9…
- Miami led by 27pts in the 2nd half… They won the 2nd half 53-39
- Since the 2-3-2 format began in 1985, the winner of Game #3 (when the series was tied) went on to win the series 92% of the time.
Enjoy your dinner conversation by injecting these morsels into your chat.