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PBT Extra: Kawhi Leonard pushes Spurs to lead, how do Heat respond?

Jun 11, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

The Spurs did more than steal a game in Miami, they owned a game in Miami.

Behind a monster night from Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green the Spurs are back in control of the series and we are wondering what Miami Heat team rolls out for Game 4 Thursday night.

Russ Thaler and I discuss what happened in Game 3 (you can’t give these Spurs and inch of space and the Heat gave them four feet) and how the Heat respond. The Heat better come out with a sense of urgency and desperation in Game 4 or this series may not see Miami again.

  1. antistratfordian - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    They owned a quarter in Miami.

    You know, if you remove the two record breaking quarters from this series the Spurs have been outscored over the other 10.

    • xLith - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:33 PM

      Do you realize how stupid that sounds?

      You know, if Ray Allen missed that 3 pointer last year, the Heat would’ve lost too.

      See how that sounds?

      • kinggw - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:54 PM

        Well that’s all we’ve heard for the past year, so it must not be that stupid.

    • davidly - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:52 AM

      If you’re gonna let a Heat fan remove one quarter in each of those games, then let a Spurs fan remove another quarter in each of those games, and while we’re at it, each team’s fan remove one quarter from all three. Guess what.. Spurs are still up 2-1.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:06 AM

        Take away the Heat’s best two scoring quarters as well and they’re still outscoring the Spurs 180 to 177.

    • davidly - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:17 AM

      Wrong. It’d be 144 to 136 Spurs. Even if you cherry picked out the Heat’s 29-28 instead of the 29-20 quarter — as I’m sure you did — it’d still be tied at 136.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:37 AM

        I just removed the two best scoring quarters for each team – if there was a tie I chose the one with the highest FG%. Your totals are way too low – you need to check your work.

    • davidly - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:54 AM

      Nope. You’re wrong.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:50 AM

        Yeah, use a calculator next time. Or just put it in a spreadsheet and let that do the work for you. Whatever you were doing didn’t work.

    • savvybynature - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:38 AM

      The Spurs outscored the Heat in 3 of the 4 quarters in game 3.

    • savvybynature - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:40 AM

      And they won the game by 19, so yes, they owned that game.
      Your meaningless and inaccurate statistics change nothing.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:57 AM

        They won by 19 because of the first quarter.

      • bucrightoff - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:00 AM

        They led by 16 after a quarter…they still won the last three quarters anyways. Even by troll standards you’re pretty weak

  2. JT - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    The Spurs balled out. Made the Heat look slow on defense with the ball movement. The Diaw move into he starting lineup was genius.

  3. timb12 - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    If you remove Lebron, the Spurs sweep. You can’t play that game anti. Spurs are up 2-1 with another game in Miami. They’ll probably go back to SA 2-2. I hope not, but it’d make sense.

    • antistratfordian - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:10 PM

      They’re up 2-1 on the strength of two record breaking quarters. Kind of like how they were up 2-1 last year on the strength of Green’s record breaking shooting. The same question applies today as it did then… what happens when the record breaking stops?

      • k3nn3k - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:12 PM

        The record breaking doesn’t have to. If the Heat’s D allows it to happen, then it was deserved. All that really proves is that if the Heat play mediocre D, the Spurs have the ability to break records.

        Seems like it’s really hard for you to give credit where credit is due.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:37 PM

        It isn’t really about that. Sometimes you can play good defense and it won’t matter. Kind of like what Leonard did against LeBron in Game 2.

        I don’t think the issue in the first quarter was about defense as much as it was hustling for things like 50/50 balls. The Heat were out-rebounded 10-4 in that quarter.

      • timb12 - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:46 PM

        They’re up 2-1. You could stop there.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:58 PM

        I could, but there’s no reason to do that.

      • bucrightoff - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:57 PM

        Miami, I believe, has not had a single double digit lead in this series, the Spurs just won with a double digit lead for at least 3 quarters. The Heat haven’t scored 100 points yet. The Spurs are a couple free throws or a Bosh 3 away from being up 3-0. Miami has been outplayed in this series. If they don’t pick it up on both sides of the ball this is over Sunday.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:16 PM

        Right – like last season, the Spurs have started hotter and reached their peak early, whereas we haven’t seen the best of the Heat yet. Which is fine… Miami typically plays better late in a series after feeling out the first few games.

      • bucrightoff - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:26 PM

        Miami has had 1 series go past 5 games so far, and that should have ended in 5 but Miami basically let Indiana win. They haven’t been tested, Spurs have and they will only get stronger. Last year is last year, and oh yeah the Spurs barely lost last year.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:32 PM

        The Spurs are not really a team that ever really gets stronger the longer a series goes on. They do the opposite. That is their history.

      • savvybynature - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:46 AM

        The Heat out rebounded because the Spurs weren’t missing shots, it had nothing to do with 50-50 balls or hustle. Have you ever even played basketball, Smigel? If the other team isn’t missing, it’s much harder to get rebounds because there is nothing to rebound.
        And yeah, the Spurs always get worse as a series goes on. Except when they blow out the Mavericks by 23 in a game 7 and then beat OKC on the road for the first time in two seasons to closeout the Thunder in game 6.
        Get a grip man, you’re losing it.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:56 AM

        What are you rambling on about now?

        If the Spurs were strong finishers they would have more than 0 titles in the last 6 years.

  4. timcast12 - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    All Lebron does is whine whine whine, but what else do we expect from a queen?

  5. jbeagles23 - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    When does lebron whine? This series has been destined for seven from the opening tip.

  6. newyorkball82 - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    You’re funny… “Feeling out the first few games?” Bosh was quoted as saying this could possibly be the worst that they have played together… Chalmers can’t find a rhythm or a shot to save his life. Lebron looked sub par, and they got blown out and dominated yesterday. Do you really think thats luck or chance? Why would any team in their right mind “feel out” anything? Why not just win? The Heat dont look good at all. Their saving grave has been Lewis and Allen hitting wide open threes. I’m sorry but you sound like you’re trying to come up with any way to psyche yourself into believing in a crumbling heat team.

  7. newyorkball82 - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    History is in the past. They just made history last night. So I guess you could say their “history” is being re-written…

  8. seagram757 - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    Yes let’s talk about last season…who cares? It only took 2 quarters to put the game away. Yeah Miami made their run but not enough to win. Still trying to justify losses…

  9. cwilson6843 - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Yall are going crazy over 1 game. Its a 7 game series. The spurs played great but you guys are over reacting. Let it play out

  10. andiroid71 - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Anti, I think you’d better just keep quiet. You’re digging yourself a very 1 eyed hole.

  11. loungefly74 - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    i hate saying this…and i hope i’m wrong…but if Miami wins game 4…Miami wins the series. Spurs may be better 1 thru 12 but Lebron’s presence just tips the scales to the Heat’s advantage. He is that good.

    Spurs have to play to near perfection for game 4…and stop Lebron from having another monster game.

    • obmig - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:18 AM

      If the series goes 7 the Spurs won’t have the gas to stop Lebron. I believe you are right, they have to end it early.

  12. bkg63 - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    If the series goes 7, Lebron will be gased from carrying his team. Either that or his back will give out or his legs cramp up (again).

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