The big three were quiet once again, which big three? Take your pick. The last two games have belonged to the role players as the stars have been silent on both sides. However, the pressure really only mounts on LeBron James, who's viewed as the best player in the NBA. Would Michael Jordan ever average under 17 points a game through three finals games?
Would you even consider making that comparison to any other player in this series? Heck, any other player in the league outside of perhaps Kobe?
However, it doesn't matter much what LeBron, Wade, or Bosh did in this game. This game was going to the Spurs regardless. Miami didn't lose it by poor offensive execution, they lost it because Danny Green and Gary Neal walked up, smacked them in the mouth and took it. If LeBron shot 17/21 instead of 7/21, Miami was still losing by double digits.
This was the Spurs role players stepping up to answer the Miami role players of last game.
The Heat's struggles go well beyond San Antonio bringing out a couple of three point flamethrowers in the game though. Miami was outplayed heavily on the glass, turned the ball over repeatedly in the stretch that decided the game, and simply looked out of sorts offensively all night.
LeBron, once again, looked scared to drive, scared to shoot, and missed bunnies that he typically finishes off easily. Dwyane Wade looks a bit more aggressive but can't seem to find good looks for himself, so when he pushes the issue he ends up taking very difficult shots. Chris Bosh looks like he's incapable of anything outside of shooting spot up jumpers and three years in Miami not having to play as the first option has significantly regressed his game.
The Heat will have all kinds of questions to answer, as their role players still chipped in 7/12 from the three point line which is the primary offensive role the Heat expect them to fill. When your shooters are actually shooting and hitting shots, then you have to look to your big guns and wonder WTF?
Outside of the second half of game two, the Heat have simply not looked like themselves.
The Spurs have problems of their own though. While they're up 2-1 in this series, no one should sit back and think that winning two of the next four games is an automatic for them. Their big three haven't exactly lit the world on fire either.
Manu Ginobili struggled through another awful game and has been a complete no show in the finals so far. Tony Parker pulled a hamstring and will have an MRI today. He returned to the game last night, so he'll probably be able to come back for the series, but the Spurs main offensive weapon may not be 100% the rest of the way.
Tim Duncan did a nice job on the offensive glass and played excellent defense, but his 12 points on 11 shots with four turnovers isn't going to excite anyone, and he was coming off an abysmal game as well.
No one complains after a blowout, but the Spurs better not get the slightest bit comfortable, because if they expect to get 15/22 shooting from the three point line from Neal, Green, and Leonarrd again, they'll likely be disappointed.
Miami's come back from 1-0 deficits numerous times in the playoffs, but has only found itself losing in a series after game three three times. They came back from a 3-2 deficit against Boston and a 2-1 against Indiana last season while losing after a 3-2 deficit against the Mavericks two years ago. They now have to play from behind again with LeBron's legacy on the line.