LeBron James still fell far short of his typical play, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh played okay, but certainly don't look like stars, but the Miami cast came through big time to lift the Heat to victory.
The Spurs came out incredibly flat and got pretty much nothing from anyone outside of a six for six game from Danny Green which included five for five from the three point line. Remove Green from the equation and the Spurs shot 36% from the field and 33% from the three point line.
The good news for the world at large (and Spurs fans in particular) is that the Spurs really haven't played a good game of basketball yet. The bad news is that neither has LeBron.
The most interesting story line, to me, coming out of these finals is whether or not the Heat go down as one of the most all time disappointing or greatest teams in the history of the NBA and whether LeBron begins to cement his legacy as the 2nd best player of all time (where I've thought he belonged) or Wilt Chamberlain part two (the guy who could never deliver in the clutch despite an completely unstoppable game).
If the Heat lose, it will be the second time they've lost a finals while being the overwhelming favorite, and so far, LeBron is playing WAY below his standards in the effort.
Now the series shifts back to San Antonio where the Spurs have to hope to win at least two of three. The finals certainly makes it rough on the lower seeded team to play three games in a row at home, because it's so tough to win three in a row to hold your home court. That said, if the Spurs take care of business, they could stop the series from going back to Miami.
San Antonio needs a whole lot more from Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili if they're to win. Right now, it looks like you can stop the Spurs by merely slowing down Tony Parker and guarding the three point line. Ginobili has no penetration game whatsoever right now, and Duncan looks absolutely done so far. Even in Duncan's first game where he shot the ball reasonably well, many of his shots were on gimmies.
Can the Spurs find their groove? Can LeBron find his? I feel like we're two games in and have only seen the B-game from both teams outside of the second half of game two where Miami brought their A-game.
The officiating has also been rather interesting in the series so far. There's been a decided lack of flopping so far, and the officials have swallowed their whistles for the most part. If the trend continues, you have to figure it's favorable for San Antonio whom isn't over overly reliant on getting to the foul line anyway.
A good chunk of the reason why is simply because the Heat aren't pushing the issue though, LeBron and Wade have been content to largely just hang out on the perimeter and move the ball rather than attack the basket, and Miami has become a jump shooting team. Much to their credit, guys who've been pretty lousy earlier in the playoffs have stepped up big time in this series to knock down their threes.
The invisible Mike Miller has been huge, and Ray Allen has continued his run which started in game seven against the Pacers. If Miami continues their hot shooting from beyond the arc, then they'll go from tough out to impossible out. You simply can't guard everyone on the Heat and as soon as the resources start getting tied up hanging out on the perimeter we'll see the driving game open up again.
Watching the series so far, I can't help but wish that Memphis was here instead. Zack Randolph and Marc Gasol would be combining for 50 points a game against this group whereas Duncan/Splitter have had a Bulls like performance of helping shut down the slashing game but not really adding nearly enough on the offensive end to punish Miami for their lack of size defensively.