During the 2013 NBA Finals, Rey Moralde of The No Look Pass will be contributing to Project Spurs, covering the San Antonio Spurs' march to title No. 5.
There are so many numbers we can go through with this.
• The 36-point drubbing by the Spurs is the third largest margin of victory in NBA Finals history. The only two larger? The Bulls beat the Jazz in 1998 by 42 points, 96-54, and the Celtics clinched the 2008 NBA Championship with a Game 6 blowout of the Lakers by 39 points, 131-92.
• The 16 3-pointers made by the Spurs is an NBA Finals record. The seven three-pointers made by Danny Green is tied for the second most three-point field goals in an NBA Finals game. Heat back-up shooting guard Ray Allen, who was playing for the Celtics then, set the record with eight three-pointers in the 2010 NBA Finals.
• Tony Parker only had six points in Game 3. That was the first time he has scored single digits in a playoff game since, well, last year. Parker scored seven points in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Los Angeles Clippers. But before that Clipper game, the last time Parker scored in single digits in a playoff record was in 2006. It was Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Dallas Mavericks. Parker only scored eight points.
• Also, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker combined to score 25 points in Game 3. That's the fewest points the trio have ever scored in a playoff game.
• LeBron James has gone against the Spurs in seven Finals games. So far, he is 1-6. James has never scored more than 25 points (he reached 25 twice) against the Spurs in the Finals. In Game 3, it was the fourth time he was held under 20 points. The Spurs seem to have him figured out.
• Kawhi Leonard is averaging 12 rebounds per game in the Finals so far. He is feasting against the smaller Miami squad. Game 3 was his second double-double in the Finals; he has four total double-doubles in the postseason. The Spurs are 1-3 when Leonard gets a double-double in the playoffs this season.
• Back to Danny Green. He has to be the leading candidate for MVP in the Finals, right? Green leads all scorers with 18.7 points per game in the Finals. He's also made an incredible 16 for 23 (.696) from behind the arc. Amazing.
• Game 4 is tomorrow. The Spurs have a chance to go up, 3-1, in the NBA Finals. Oh, and the Spurs have never trailed in a Finals series in franchise history.