Fewer turnovers, more offensive rebounds, more assists, and despite Danny Green's magic, the Heat even hit more threes at a higher percentage. The Spurs aren't supposed to overcome a game where Miami gets 16 extra shots up and shoots 47.8% from the three point line, but they did by simply being unstoppable on offense.
The game wasn't even close which is more eye opening. The Spurs shot a blistering 62% from the field, And Danny Green's 8/15 was the worst percentage of the starters though we'll cut him some slack given that he hit six threes and broke the record for most threes ever in an NBA finals series and did it in just five games.
Manu Ginobili gave the Spurs what everyone's been asking
Gregg Popovich adjusted to the adjustment, matching the Heat in going small and inserting Ginobili into the starting linuep. The result? Manu has his first big game of the series scoring an efficient 24 on 14 shots while handing out 10 assists.
The Spurs starters outscored the Heat's team 107-104 and Manu's playmaking complemented a more skilled offensive cast far more than when playing with the reserves.
This game summed up much of LeBron's failures
LeBron has had a ton of success in the NBA, and he still has a chance to go home with a ring this year. A really good one. In fact, I'm still putting my money on the Heat to win this thing and LeBron to get his second ring and second finals MVP.
That said, this game sums up his failures when he fails. You look at the box score and think he had a good game. Maybe not an all time great LeBron game, but a good game. 25 points, eight assists, six boards, and four steals. However, after scoring four points in the first 90 seconds of the second half, LeBron went 1/7 the rest of the way and scored just four points and had multiple turnovers.
LeBron's defenders will go back and say he wasn't the reason they lost, and maybe it's putting too much onus on LeBron to say he was. However, this team is built around LeBron being the best player in the NBA and in critical situations he frequently isn't. He took the blame after three games and put it on himself to score and be the man, but after finding success one game, the Spurs found ways to stop him the next day when it mattered.
I still think Miami wins this series, but if they don't will Erik Spoelstra survive the off season?
Spoelstra went off on other organizations for firing their head coaches, including those that made the playoffs or even had some pretty decent playoff success. However, Spoelstra could easily become the biggest example of this if he makes it to the finals and is fired.
I don't think Spoelstra is Vinny Del Negro bad, and maybe the players are really the fall guys in this situation, but I don't think Spoelstra's a strength for this team, and the Heat would go down as a failure under his reign if they fail to win this season.
Seems like a good guy, but I think this situation ends with as much irony as Wade announcing the Bulls had no loyalty to former players before learning they'd hired 16 former players to the Heat's three, and that the Bulls especially showed loyalty to players who really needed the work/money but were willing to put in the effort to do a job for the team.
If this were a five game series...
Would Danny Green be the Finals MVP?
Green would have to go down as the most unlikeliest Finals MVP in the history of the NBA if he were to win that honor. If there was a vegas prop bet on Finals MVP, there probably wouldn't even be odds on Green established.
That said, he's leading the Spurs in scoring presently, and has done so with incredible efficiency due to averaging five threes a game.
I know Bulls fans will start thinking we need to get a Danny Green on this team, but let's not forget that Danny Green could probably not even pull a Danny Green again in his career. He's shot a blistering three point percentage for the series (up around 70%) and has defended LeBron/Wade well at the same time.
Sure if we can find a guy who can do that sign him up, but good luck with that. I just hope Danny Green can pull it off for one more game.