The San Antonio Spurs (13-3) will look to bounce back from a crushing 103-84 loss to the Miami Heat (13-5) in Miami in the 2013 NBA Finals in Game 3 tonight as the scene now shifts to San Antonio.
Though the Spurs did split the first two games in Miami winning Game 1, Game 2 was simply a debacle in the second half. Danny Green finished with 17 points and shot a perfect 6-6 from the floor and 5-5 from three-point distance to lead San Antonio in the defeat. Kawhi Leonard pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds while LeBron James led the Heat with 17 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks.
Miami got hot in the second quarter, shooting 54.5 percent from the field as they took a five-point, 50-45, lead into the break. The game was tied at 58 apiece with 5:17 left in the third, but the Heat went on a 17-7 run to end the quarter and gave the Heat a 10-point, 75-65, lead heading into the final frame. Miami opened the fourth quarter with a 19-2 run to push their lead to 27, 94-67, and got the easy win.
And as San Antonio looks to take a 2-1 lead in the Finals tonight at the AT&T Center, here are five things to watch for during tonight's contest:
• The Spurs own a 9-2 (.818) overall home record in the NBA Finals.
• The Spurs are 5-0 in the postseason when leading after the first quarter at home.no comments
SAN ANTONIO - Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem has had to defend the likes of Roy Hibbert, and Joakim Noah during Miami's postseason run to the NBA Finals and now he finds himself guarding perhaps the greatest big man of this era in the NBA - San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan.
Duncan has been having a solid postseason averaging 17.4 points, 1.7 blocks, 2.2 assists, 9.6 rebounds in 34 minutes per game in the playoffs and heading into the series against San Antonio, Haslem did some scouting on Duncan and discovered that the "Big Fundamental" has no weaknesses.
"I look at the film and I try to find ways to guard him and I really didn't find any weaknesses," said Haslem during the Miami shoot around today. "Once he settles down in that block, you really can't get him out of there. You got to just try to meet him early, and compete and keep him out of those sweet spots and contest everything."
And it didn't stop there.no comments
AT&T Center - Through two NBA Finals games against the San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh is shooting 46% from the field, averaging 12.5 points per game, 7.5 rebounds, 3 steals and one block.
Bosh is also averaging two 3-point attempts and he’s yet to make one. Shooting 3-pointers is something Bosh said the Spurs want him to do Tuesday at the Heat’s shoot around in San Antonio.
“They want me to shoot threes,” said Bosh. “I could tell by looking at the film.”
“With this team it looks like that’s what they want me to do and I’m not going to do it,” continued Bosh.
For Bosh, he sees the Spurs giving him open 3-point shots as more of a psychological move.
“It’s a little mid game,” said Bosh of the Spurs’ tactics. “I know what they’re doing.”no comments
If you live in San Antonio or in Texas, you probably know of the pink-colored Mexican fast food restaurant Taco Cabana. They are everywhere throughout the state and if you have been to a San Antonio Spurs home game, then you've seen their ads throughout the game. Same goes for Taco Cabana's sister Miami-based Mexican restaurant, Pollo Tropical, which also is a supporter of the Miami Heat.
Now these two restaurants are having a friendly bet on the NBA Finals considering their home-town teams are fighting it out for the 2013 NBA crown and it will mean a few will be putting on a jersey they rather not.no comments
John Karalis of Celtics site Red's Army has been helping out Project Spurs cover the San Antonio Spurs during the 2013 NBA Finals.
He has been writing up a storm on all angles of the first two games of the series and was invited to be a guest on Maine's FandomSportsme.com yesterday to discuss what went wrong with San Antonio in Game 2 where they got steam rolled 103-84 in Miami.
From which Spurs are to blame, how they will respond in Game 3 to the mindset on Miami after they crushed San Antonio, click HERE to listen to what John had to say about the Spurs in the first two games.no comments
As our friends at News 4 San Antonio reported last week, after the San Antonio Spurs beat the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, a Heat fan, wearing a LeBron James jersey, was run off the road by Spurs fans which resulted in him being sent ot the hospital for multiple injuries including a broken shoulder blade and collar bone.
Now, victim Chad Cazares, spoke to News 4 San Antonio about the incident where he states Spurs fans did indeed run him off the road simply for wearing a Heat jersey.
So this is pretty awesome.
The San Antonio Spurs "Big 3" of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili and coach Gregg Popovich have been one of the best quartets in the NBA leading the team to three NBA titles, great regular seasons, and deep playoff runs.
And after 11 seasons together, they find themselves once again in the thick of things, fighting for another NBA crown to take back to San Antonio.and are tied with the Heat headinginto Game 3 in San Antonio.
From a fresh-faced Parker to Duncan still doing his pregame basketball hug, check out this phenomenal GIF of the four in all its glory.no comments
It is an exciting time in the NBA as the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat battle for the 2013 NBA crown.
But as Game 1 of the series was fast approaching last week, there was another battle over seats and not the ones found at the American Airlines Arena in Miami.