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
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
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
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.