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NBA Finals Spurs vs. Heat Game 2 preview: The return of the aggressive Heat

Jun 9, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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MIAMI — The Spurs know what’s coming. Talking to them Saturday after practice they fully expect the Heat to come out much more aggressive, particularly on defense — Miami will trap, jump passing lanes and try to turn the Spurs over.

In Game 1 the Heat respected Tony Parker and didn’t try to trap him much off the pick and roll. Parker used that space to the tune of 21 points, six assists and zero turnovers. As a team the Spurs only turned the ball over four times. In Game 2 the Spurs staff expects the heat to try and use that athleticism to impose their will on the game and force more turnovers (then run off those mistakes).

That Heat pressure defense can overwhelm teams, but it also opens things up. If Parker and the other ball handlers can handle the pressure, make a smart pass out and the Spurs move the ball guys like Danny Green and Gary Neal are going to get clean looks at threes. Knock them down and you diffuse that pressure.

Don’t and the Heat can run you out of the building.

That’s not likely. Both sides also expected a close game.

“I expect another possession game,” Shane Battier said. “It’s going to be about possessions. It’s going to be about our ability to turn them over, our ability to capitalize on them. Our ability to keep them from the cheapies that they thrive off of and get so many of in their wins.

“And it’s going to come down to the fourth quarter again. It’s going to come down to execution, like it often does when two good teams play each other.”

Battier mentioned one other thing everybody knows (including the Spurs): After a loss Miami usually plays much better the next game. They come out with better energy and focus and every time since mid-January it has resulted in a win (that was the last time the Heat lost two in a row). Their role players usually step up, but this time the Heat will need Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade to step up for four quarters, too.

“We’ve been pretty confident all year, regardless of the circumstances,” Ray Allen said. “We’ve been in pretty — based on basketball standards — dire situations where we had to come out and win. We taught ourselves different lessons throughout the year.”

What we as fans should be hoping for is another up-tempo, fun game that is played as cleanly and well as Game 1. That was fun basketball. This has the potential to be a long and very entertaining series.

But if the Heat don’t win this one and go down 0-2 heading to San Antonio for three games it might not last that long.

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 9, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Game Day Baby!

    PJ got me through the last 48 again.

    “And the feeling it gets left behind….
    Significance between the lines
    There’s no need to hide
    We’re safe tonight”

    Any Heat fan really want to get fired up, go youtube their performance of Porch at Pinkpop, 1992. You’ve probably seen it before, but I think it’s just so great.

    • cantonbound13 - Jun 9, 2013 at 9:44 AM

      It’s been so nice on here the last 2 days not having to hear the arrogant nonsense from the bandwagoners. Looking forward to seeing the real big 3 pound espn’s 3 yet again. After game 2 look for a spike in Spurs’ jersey sales in the South Florida area as the bandwagoners do what they do best.

  2. trublazer - Jun 9, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    ready for game 2! if this series is anything like game 1 it can be a great one.. hoping for a long drawn out series! I have no horse in this race.. just a NBA fan!

  3. jimeejohnson - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    It’s a must win for the Heat. Captain Obvious, over and out!

  4. afewzigzagsplease - Jun 9, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    I don’t care which teams wins, but I choose the Heat as having the greatest number of truly ugly men on any NBA roster.

  5. senorpapino - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    I think Spurs in five, but tonight Miami wins.

  6. bucrightoff - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    I don’t see San Antonio keeping it to 4 turnovers again (because if they do thats the greatest 2 game run of protecting the basketball ever), but if they can keep it under 10 they will have a great chance to win tonight.

  7. redandgoldhitman52 - Jun 9, 2013 at 2:42 PM


  8. 1972sxwife - Jun 9, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Spurs sweep!

  9. reasonablemindsays - Jun 9, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    I hate when people accuse each other of being bandwagoners. Pretty much all of us started out as bandwagoners, that’s how you start following sports. Right now, there aren’t any 8 year old die hard fans rooting for the Bobcats, because they suck. You can only really start getting into a team when you see some success. When I was young, I watched the Sixers make the Finals which made me a fan of the team. The Spurs have made the playoffs 41 out of their 46 years of existence (including ABA when they were in Dallas). The Spurs haven’t missed the playoffs since 1997. So by the logic of many on these boards, you can call any of their fans bandwagoners because they’ve always been winning.

    • PayBizzy - Jun 9, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      It started for me when i watched the admiral throw down a 360 tomahawk on george murasan and the bullets

  10. PayBizzy - Jun 9, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    I am wondering if all this talk of them being more aggressive will lead to more exhaustion considering last game was after a three game break this one only two go spurs go

    • PayBizzy - Jun 9, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      Three Day*

  11. jbeagles23 - Jun 9, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    The definition of a bandwagon is when you all of a sudden become a fan when they win. Like if you were a Dallas fan two years ago then a heat fan last year and then whoever wins this year. Cantonbound is naive and just talks smack cAuse he’s a 13 year old boy and the outcome of two siblings making a baby

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