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Active, ball moving, relentless Spurs thrash Heat in first half, lead by 19 at break

Jun 12, 2014, 10:25 PM EDT

LeBron James, Ray Allen LeBron James, Ray Allen

MIAMI — We all expected a team to come out in Game 4 playing desperate, knowing the series could be on the line, playing like this game meant everything.

We didn’t expect that team to be the Spurs.

San Antonio moved the ball, played smart and energetic defense, knocked down their shots (they shot 55.6 percent in the first half) and just outplayed a flat Miami Heat squad, leading 55-36 at the half.

Miami started out the game trying to get Chris Bosh touches, but their offense quickly devolved into a lot of pick-and-rolls or isolations with almost no weakside movement. The Spurs play smart, hard working defense seemed to contest everything — they were much sharper on defense than they were in Game 3 — but the Heat made it easy on them.

Miami shot 35.3 percent in the first half. Dwyane Wade looked old and like a guy with bad knees — he was getting in close but was 1-of-6 shooting inside 8 feet.

Miami’s lack of energy showed on both ends. They tried their usual trapping defense but when it’s done without real energy and intent the Spurs just shred it with passes. Defensively the Heat were not disrupting passing lanes, allowing Tiago Splitter and Boris Diaw to get ball inside (or Tony Parker to drive it there) and pass out to shooters. The Heat close outs were those of a Tuesday night in February in Milwaukee, not the NBA Finals.

Parker had 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting, Danny Green was 3-of-4 from three, and Patty Mills was 3-of-5.

The Spurs have owned the last six quarters of this series.

Erik Spoelstra got so desperate he went with Toney Douglas for a while to try and spark the team. It’s a sign he has no more answers.

  1. campcouch - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Melo,LeBron is on the phone.

    • cantonbound13 - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:38 PM

      He’s going to need more than Melo.

  2. nflcrimerankingscom - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    While Anti is fellating Lebron, the Spurs are bending him over and giving it to him.

  3. bucrightoff - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    Spurs are just better at everything. Heat looked very tired out there.

  4. prareedoggin - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    As a Heat fan this is a disgrace…. Wow…. That’s my team tho, hopefully we turn it around but the Spurs CLEARLY want it more…. Amazing

    • fmax0724 - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:45 PM

      Totally agree.. Reminds me of the Dallas series

      • Great Caesar's Ghost - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:46 PM

        Agree….last two titles were a cakewalk but we just can’t stand up to a solid team like the ’13-14 Spurs. Different animals.

      • kavika6 - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:55 AM

        You thought last year was a cakewalk?

  5. babyfarkmcgeezax - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    Not even the NBA can rig it enough to help the Heat out now, they are just too mediocre compared to San Antonio. The brooms would be out tonight if not for Chalmers’ cheap shot.

  6. campcouch - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    James has pretty much told the rest of the team that they suck and he’ll do it all. Flashback to Cleveland.

    • moneyz2 - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:41 PM

      11 points in the first half, but 8 in the 3er Quarter..getting closer…

      • moneyz2 - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:48 PM

        can someone please put Wade out of his misery,,, mercy please… 4 points .. with 5 minutes to go in the 3er.

  7. fmax0724 - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    At what point does Pat Riley enters the locker room to give his two cents on this fiasco? No enery- not getting back on Defense on a turnover. Pat should be embarrased

  8. kb2408 - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Paging anti….

    • dexterismyhero - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:52 PM

      he is on death watch at his point. hoping to come back in if a run happens.

    • dexterismyhero - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:52 PM

      he is on death watch at this point. hoping to come back in if a run happens.

      • dexterismyhero - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:16 PM

        double post. sorry.

  9. tmdill18 - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    How old does Wade look? Can’t get off of the floor. Spends more energy glaring at officials and begging for fouls.

  10. kb2408 - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    I guess the Heat could win 3 in a row…I guess.

    • loungefly74 - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:37 PM

      I’m so happy my predictions have been wrong…

  11. muathjam21 - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    “If it wasn’t for one quarter, the Spurs would be getting swept this series”

    – Charles Barkley, after game 2.

    Can we stop calling these people “experts”?

    • Nadeem - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:37 PM

      Nobody calls Barkley an expert. Everyone loves him cause he speaks moronic stuff…case in point “If it wasn’t for one quarter, the Spurs would be getting swept this series”

    • rodyaugu - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:47 PM

      For Chuck to say that means he dislikes the spurs more than the heat lol.

  12. dondada10 - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Serious question: Was LeBron crying before the second Mills 3?

  13. newyorkball82 - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    I cannot believe how mediocre the Heat look. I thought this game was going to be tough for San Antonio and possibly go back to SA 2-2… It makes you think just how bad the East was this year. I can’t even imagine a Pacers-Spurs series.

  14. phillysports1 - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Heat fans are suffering. #GottaloveIt

    • alshonsmeathooks - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:42 PM

      poor them, losing 2 playoff series in 4 years

    • Great Caesar's Ghost - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:53 PM

      It’s not suffering when you leave with 10:00 left in the game. #beatthetraffic

  15. babyfarkmcgeezax - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    The entire Eastern Conference should be relegated to the D-League. No wait, the D-League is still too good for the pathetic East.

  16. rodyaugu - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    Spurs please put the heat out of their misery in game 5, it’s been pitiful watching them disappointing us fans on their own court. Better finishing ‘em off in game 5 rather seeing them lose at home again.

  17. seagram757 - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Anti is on line 1 with Melo…lmao!!!

  18. fordmandalay - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Maybe the AC in Miami wasn’t turned up enough?

  19. newyorkball82 - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    I can’t remember who it was that predicted that Leonard would be MVP, but if the Spurs close these finals out, they just maybe right.

    • thundercocck - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:48 PM

      kb2408

  20. jbeagles23 - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    I think wade is playing his last games for Miami. He’ll end up in Chicago after this season. His lack of hustle won’t fly with Riley.

  21. jbeagles23 - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    The heat aren’t done but its about 98 percent chance it’s over. This is a team that’s been to four straight finals and won’t two. Nothing to be ashamed about.

    • rodyaugu - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:04 AM

      Their only chance is if the spurs choked like they did in the 2012 western conference finals, which is very unlikely. But if they can force a game 7 that would put a lot of pressure on the spurs. The way both teams performed last two games make that seems improbable as well..

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