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Breaking Down Game 1

With Tony Parker able to start the game and Tim Duncan being Tim Duncan (21 points and 10 rebounds), things turned out just as I expected in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. 

Miami's big three of James, Wade and Bosh, combined for 62 of Miami's 95 points, while the Spurs big three of Duncan, Parker and Ginobili combined for only 52 of the Spurs' 110 points. Just as I had mentioned in a previous blog that I was looking forward to seeing which bench would perform better, the San Antonio Spurs bench outperformed the Miami Heat's bench enabling the Spurs to win. Basically, it was Ray Allen doing the majority of the bench scoring for Miami as he totaled 16 of their 20 points. That total was countered by Manu Ginobili, who also contributed 11 assists for the Spurs. The final bench scoring total for San Antonio was 34 points and only 20 for Miami, the difference being almost the entire margin of victory.

Other contributing factors to the Spurs victory were outrebounding the Heat by 10 and totaling 30 assists to only 16 for Miami. Watching the Spurs execute their offense, and the way that they move the ball and find the open man, is truly beautiful.

The biggest surprises of Game 1 were the Spurs turning the ball over 22 times (20 through three quarters) and the outstanding shooting of both teams, considering that these two teams are two of the better defensive teams in the league. Again, the advantage in this area also went to the Spurs.  They shot almost 59% from the field, with an incredible 13 for 25 from three-point range. To put the three-point accuracy into proper perspective, that shooting equates to making 20 of 25 two-point field-goal attempts. Meanwhile, the Heat shot almost 47 1/2% from the field and were 12 of 20 from three-point range. Much to my delight, the Heat shot 82% from the free-throw line and the Spurs 77%.

The Spurs' total domination late in the fourth quarter was aided by LeBron James having to leave the game because of leg cramps. He must not have been drinking enough Gatorade! :)

With all of this being said, the reality of the situation is that the Spurs did what they needed to do, which was to win Game 1 at home. The importance of this victory will be diminished if the Spurs do not win Game 2.

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