Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 6/10/13
The Block The San Antonio Spurs got off to a solid start in Sunday night’s game against the Heat. Much like in Game 1, Kawhi Leonard was able to contain LeBron James, Danny Green got hot from deep, they dominated the glass, and they held Dwyane Wade to a pedestrian 10 points on the night. Leonard played with incredible energy, grabbing 14 rebounds (8 offensive!) on the night and forcing LeBron out of his comfort zone. Green finished the game a perfect 6-for-6 from the field, hitting all 5 of his 3-point attempts. Gary Neal once again hit some big shots off the bench. But even with all of these things going right, the Spurs still lost the game by 19, thanks to a terrific 27-5 Heat run from the end of the 3rd quarter to midway through the 4th. Much of the Spurs’ defeat stemmed from their inability to execute offensively. The Spurs turned the ball over 16 times, compared to only 6 turnovers for Miami. The Heat trapped Tony Parker far more aggressively than in Game 1; Parker had 5 turnovers and was -27 on the night. Parker was also ineffective attacking the basket; the Heat did a good job of defending the rim without fouling, and Parker was often forced into wild, flailing layup attempts. Tim Duncan also had a bad game. He didn’t look comfortable operating against the Heat’s swarming post defense, and while he is usually an effective passer, Miami did a great job of closing down the passing lanes in Game 2. With Manu Ginobili also having an off night, the Spurs would have needed a perfect defensive performance to have a chance to go up 2-0 in the series, but they could not contain LeBron James in transition. While LeBron wasn’t as effective in the point guard role, he did significant damage as a pick-and-roll screener, creating rifts in the Spurs defense and opening up opportunities with his passing for Ray Allen, Mike Miller, and Mario Chalmers during the Heat’s devastating run. With LeBron’s unparalleled versatility, there may be little the Spurs, or anybody else, can do to stop him from making an impact. While the outlook for the Spurs may seem dire for Game 3, momentum often doesn’t carry over from game to game. Gregg Popovich will look to make adjustments to better handle the Heat’s aggressive turnover machine of a defense. Limiting turnovers will also limit the Heat’s transition opportunities, taking away their greatest offensive weapon. With all of Miami’s role players firing on all cylinders, they may seem unbeatable, but the pace Miami set in the 4th quarter is unsustainable. Guys like Chalmers and Miller and Chris Andersen are unlikely to play at such a high level throughout the series. Parker and Duncan must rebound and return to their form from Game 1 for the Spurs to have any chance in this series; with their combined experience and skill, as well as the guidance of Popovich, they will probably be able to bounce back. The Spurs might have to settle without much offense from Kawhi Leonard, as his energy will be drained each game by the daunting task of guarding James, but they have a reliable option on the other wing in Danny Green. Their bench has looked overmatched at times, especially with the struggles of Ginobili, but they have the pieces in place to give the Heat a great fight in Game 3. But even if Parker and Duncan come back strong, even if Green keeps up his hot shooting and Ginobili plays like his old self, will it be enough to keep LeBron James from his second championship, now that his psyche is no longer plagued by doubts, and now that he is comfortable playing so many different roles? The Heat’s defense can be broken, and their attack can be slowed if the Spurs play a focused, precise game. If they get sloppy, Miami will take advantage, and will be in the driver’s seat in the series.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
Kevin Durant has...RUSSELL MANIA!
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Romo expected to miss 6-10 weeks with broken bone in back

Kaepernick explains why he is protesting national anthem

Dwyane Wade’s cousin shot and killed in Chicago

NFL tries to reduce kick returns, promptly causes more kick returns

San Francisco Giants inching closer to a record they really don’t want

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Clint Dempsey undergoing testing for irregular heartbeat

Troubling details emerge from Jeremy Jeffress' DWI arrest

Chargers would welcome Joey Bosa if he signed contract

Falcons rookie Keanu Neal needs surgery on knee

Jerry Jones unhappy with Ezekiel Elliott's dispensary visit

Texas Tech using fake Twitter accounts to track players

Heading into the homestretch: 2016 ROY favorites

Premier League notebook: The love affair at Man U

One Gotta Go: NFL legends talking comedians is no joke

It's all about timing: The evolution of the clock in sports

Predicting the unpredictable: Your MTV VMAs rundown

10 great moments in the career of Roberto Duran

Marshall’s first impression of Fitzpatrick: ‘He was terrible’

One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for fast food

What you need to know about the Champions League draw

Six worst quarterback situations in the NFL

Can the San Francisco Giants bust their teamwide slump?

A look at 2016 college football conference changes

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Premier League notebook: The love affair at Man U

Heading into the homestretch: 2016 ROY favorites

One Gotta Go: NFL legends talking comedians is no joke

It's all about timing: The evolution of the clock in sports

Predicting the unpredictable: Your MTV VMAs rundown

10 great moments in the career of Roberto Duran

The 20 best boxing movies of all time

One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for fast food

What you need to know about the Champions League draw

Can the San Francisco Giants bust their teamwide slump?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker