Game 1 belongs to the Spurs.
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A remarkable first play of the NBA Finals- A fast break by the Miami heat- LeBron James with a no look pass to running teammate Dwayne wade who converted with a slam. A minuet later Tony Parker and the Spurs took control, forcing Erik Spoelstra to take an early timeout.
Time Duncan was scoreless in the first quarter of his 24th NBA Finals game, along with racking up two fouls by the two minuet mark. The Heat finished the first quarter with a one point lead 24-23.
Wade lead the heat in the first half with Thirteen points, followed by LeBron’s Ten points, five assist and eight boards.Bosh picked up three early fouls- Spent most of the fist half watching from the bench. For the Spurs Duncan made a mid-range jumper while time expired at the half finishing with 12 points and nine rebounds, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili had nine and six points respectively.
Mike Miller: Clutch-Gene
Miami’s Mike Miller had his minuets reduced through out the regular season, even though, he was a big part of last years championship run. It seems as if Erik Spoelstra was saving Miller for the playoffs against the Pacers and Spurs.
If your a person who has kept up with Millers career knows what i’m mean when I say, he is a performer when it comes to big games, pretty sure this guy has the famous clutch-gene in his DNA.
Time Duncan started the second half just how he left the first-Mid range jumpers and hook shots were given out to the Heat like punches, and it really damaged Miami.
Every time the spurs got close to Miami they just kept pulling away.
LeBron James was one assist shy of a triple-double in the third ending with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assist. Wade didn’t seem like he was slowing down with 17 at the end of the third.
Miami lead end of third.
The spurs took the lead for the first time, since the first quarter, and they did not look back. Duncan was poised to get his team this win.
The Play of the game was made by Tony Parker a double pump shot on Lebron, that bounced of the backboard with 8 seconds left in the game.
The spurs took game one 92-88 against the Heat!
Duncan: 20 points, 14 rebounds
Parker: 21 points, 6 assist
LeBron: 18 points, 18 rebounds, and 10 assist
Wade: 17 points
As Dwayne wade came back to the starting lineup on Wednesday night from knee treatment, the Heat closed out the tough Chicago Bulls 94-91 to Advance to the Conference Finals.
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The heat seemed invincible in the first quarter. Starting the game with an 18 to 4 run in the first six minuets of the game. The Bulls cut the lead down to 30-21 at the end of the first.
Nate Robinson hit his first field goal since game three towards the end of the first quarter: going 0 of 12 in game four. Despite that fact, he let that ball go in the air just as many times as any other game. Steve Kerr the former NBA star commentating the game said “This guy (Robinson) is unbreakable”. Well Kerr I certainly agree.
The Heat was scoreless in the paint in the second quarter going 0 for 5. At the end of the half the Bulls had fought their way back to take a 53-47 lead. Robinson ended the half with 14, Carlos Boozer followed up with 19. For the heat LeBron James and Wade had 10 a piece. This was the largest half time deficit for Miami in this postseason and only the second time trailing at the half.
The Quiet Factor
Jimmy Butler is indeed the quiet sniper nobody knows about. Coming into the league not much minuets were available for him, but whenever his name has been called, he has shown up! The former Marquette Eagle averaged a little over eight points a game in the regular season. That average has increased against Miami netting in 14 a game in this series: scoring 21 in game one. Another quiet factor was Rip Hamilton who did step up to make key plays during the fourth to finishing with 15 points.
Norris Cole has been a quiet factor, but it did not seem like it in the first half scoring no points. As we all remember him and Nate Robinson put on a show earlier in the series. He hit a crucial shot in mid fourth quarter to take the lead for the Heat, following up with a slam to excite the crowd.
Wade left to head to the locker room, but during a side line interview coach Erik Spoelstra of the heat said “He probably went to go fix his shoe” so we should not expect any knee issues. The heat looked frustrated both Chris Bosh and Udonis haslem picked up four fouls. Rip Hamilton did have the hot hand finishing with 11 points at the end of the quarter. The Bulls still kept the lead ending the third with a 77-69 lead.
Shane Battier scored the first eight points in the fourth quarter for the heat. He has struggled throughout the series shooting 28 percent from the field. This brings the question, why hasn’t Erik Spoelstra used Mike Miller? -who single handedly won them game 5 in the finals during last year’s championship game.
Dwayne Wade became the “flash” everyone knows him to be exploding in the last five minutes of the game. To help the Miami heat Advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. Wade told Greg Sager “I know the fourth was going to be tough…I knew I had to come and play” he for sure did come to play helping his team close out the Bulls 4-1.
Lebron James: 23 points, 8 assist, 7 rebounds.
Dwayne wade: 18 points, 6 assist, 5 rebounds
Chris Bosh: 12 points, 7 rebounds.
Nate Robinson: 21 points, 6 assist.
Carlos Boozer: 26 points, 14 points.
Jimmy Butler: 19 points, 5 rebounds.
The San Antonio Spurs prevailed the young Golden State Worries to take a 3-2 series lead.
San Antonio played well as a group; defensively they kept the dynamic duo Stephon Curry and Klay Thompson under control. Greg Popovich of the Spurs was preaching DEFENSE! During a timeout in the 4th quarter: Just like always the team responded.
Coach Pop has built a dynasty out of the Spurs since his arrive in San Antonio in 1996. He has won 68 percent of the regular season games since 1996 along with 4 championships. Coach Pop has won all 9 playoff series when his team is leading 3-2.
Tony Parker had the hot hand for the spurs netting in 25 points. Manu Ginobili didn’t show any signs of slowing down even though he is turning 36-Finishing with 10 points and 5 assists. He starting feeling it and did what he usually does late third and throughout the whole fourth quarter.
Harrison Barns was the leading scorer for the warriors finishing with 25 points and 7 rebounds. Jarred Jack followed up with 20 points for the Warriors.
The young ones
Both teams have young stars that have been playing well when their name has been called on.
Let’s start off with Kawi Leonard: scoring 17 points and 7 rebounds. Danny Green stepped up for the Spurs as well finishing with 16 points.
For the warriors the whole team is young, but Harrison Barns AKA “Black Falcon” the number 7 pick in the draft showed why Golden state was eyeing him in his college days at North Carolina. he pretty much did everything from scoring to playing defense to substitute for the disappearance of Curry and Thompson.
The New York Knicks a no-show once again!
Game 4 on Tuesday the Indiana pacers shook around the struggling Knicks to take a comfortable 3-1 lead in the series. Carmelo Anthony did not shoot well from the field, converting 9 out of 23 shots (39%). Anthony ended up with 24 points before fouling out of the game with two minutes remaining. JR Smith added 19 points for the Knicks. New York gave up 17 second-chance points in the first half- which is the most by the Knicks both in the regular season and playoffs.
George hill stated in the after game interview:
“We’re making it tough for them,” said Pacers guard George Hill. “We’re going to give them nothing easy. When we play with fun and passion, we’re a heck of a team.”
Indiana was lead by George Hill who caught on fire beginning of the third quarter scoring 10 of the first 13 points. Hill ended the game with 26 points shooting 64 percent from the field. He has not shown any disappointment since he took the starting job from then injured Darren Collison late last season.
Paul George finished the game by filling up the whole stats line in the book with 18 points, 14 rebounds, along with 7 assists.
Things are looking bright for the Pacers without their franchise player Danny Granger. Will the winning of Indiana see the exit of Granger?
This situation looks a lot like the Rudy Gay-Memphis ordeal earlier this year. Memphis noticed that the team was great with or without their former star player in Rudy Gay. I can’t really say it will be the same exact situation for Danny Granger, but there is no reason for him to stay when they can get a lot in return in a trade.