This will be easy.  Basically the Heat BIG THREE out played the Spurs big three.  Even Spoelstra out coached Popovich for stints during the game while the game was close. What did Spoelstra do?  First he forced Popovich to go to a small line up, this is effective because one it allows LeBron to play the 4 (complete mismatch for whoever has to check him.  If its Splitter LeBron steps out on the wing, it was Leonard he got put in the post), but the most important thing going small did was allow the Heat to have an advantage on the boards.  The Heat out rebounded the Spurs in this game.

Spoelstra also noticed that the Heat were getting good looks in Game 1, but didn’t take great advantage of it.  Enter sharpshooters (Miller, Allen, and even Cole has been effective from 3) and exit no legs Wade.  Great adjustment, and the scary part is Popovich is still not pulling the trigger on a no game remaining Manu Ginobli.

Turnovers Turnovers and Turnovers…  4 in Game 1 and the Spurs had 4 in the first quarter and 6 in the 35-5 run the Heat went on.  No one expected to see the Spurs to repeat the amazing 4 turnover stat from Game 1, but you can’t have 17 turnovers and win.  Hell the Pacers, who play better defense than the Spurs, couldn’t win with 16 turnovers, so the Spurs had no chance.

Last moment of note in Game 2 (not the overrated block on Splitter), the way the Heat defended the pick, screen, and roll with Tony Parker.  They flashed high and trapped on Parker and help defense stopped the cutter from getting a the ball in the paint for a high percentage shot.  That is why the Spurs got some great 3 point looks in the first half.  The shots they missed in Game 1 they made in Game 2.

Overall this was a great first half, but a terrible second half for fandom and the Spurs.  The Heat got their legs back (still don’t buy the tired thing, if they were tired Gatorade and Powerade need to get their money back from Wade and James), and were able to force the Spurs into silly turnovers.  I mentioned in the “Outside the Box Predictions” for the series that Spoelstra has to out coach Popovich.  Well Spoelstra did it in Game 2, and the Heat weakness in Rebounding was a strength in Game 2.  May we see a Blair in Game 3 to combat the small line up and give some physical play?  Another “Outside the Box Prediction”.  We will see, here’s to a competitive Game 3!

Jason “Big J” Allen

@UnsportsmenBigJ

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