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Saturday, June 8, 2013

What adjustments Miami Heat need to possibly win Game 2 of the Finals against the Spurs

I know, my blog is not mainly a basketball blog but hey health is fitness and many workers in the health field follow the NBA finals so I will continue with my NBA finals series of posts. Today we are going to discuss what the Heat must do to possibly win Game 2.

  1. More aggressiveness from their Big Three. 
    • Wade for example, had fewer shot attempts in the fourth quarter. His drives to the basket including a dunk during the first half of Game 1 which worked well for Miami were becoming becoming fewer as the game ended. He needs to remain aggressive in the fourth quarter and not just have two shot attempts. A Wade rushing to the basket is difficult to stop without a foul so he might as well try it.
    • Bosh was aggressive alright...aggressive in firing the three even if his rebounding, defense and inside presence is more sorely needed and he has teammates who are better known to make threes making a living out of it named Ray Allen or Mike Miller. Lebron had more rebounds than Bosh and the latter should be ashamed of that.
    • James must play more like Michael Jordan, not Magic Johnson. He must know when to pass and when to take it himself. He is athletically-gifted, even stronger physically than Jordan, but still lacks the killer instinct and competitive fierceness of Michael, or even Kobe. You can just feel something is lacking even if James finished with a triple double in Game 1. We want to see the James who went hard for the hoop against Paul George in the Indiana series to win one game against the Pacers on the last second. I do not know if James realizes this but he can practically do what he wants in the game if he just wills it. He is big, strong and has excellent hops. 
  2. The team must hit their shots. James expressed that he is not changing his game. That he trusted his teammates and he will still make passes to them. So his teammates better make the shot so that LBJ will not look bad. Imagine if his Heat teammates made the shots that they missed in Game 1, who knows? They might have won Game 1.
  3. The Heat must force more turnovers, it's because it leads to points in transition. The Spurs just had four turnovers in Game 1. The Heat are supposed to be good in forcing turnovers. Well, it's the Spurs they're playing against so it will really be difficult.
  4. Make life difficult for Parker, the focal point of the Spurs offense. If it means having Lebron on Parker for longer periods, so be it.
So there you have it. Those are the basic things Miami should take note. But I think the Spurs will still win Game 2. Heck there's even a possibility however small that the Spurs will sweep this thing and it will be Spurs-Cavs 2007 Finals again. 

Wade may want to be aggressive but his knees are weaker than they used to be. Bosh may receive a word from Spo about his knack for staying downtown but Bosh is actually soft. James might try to get aggressive with his shot-making but his natural game is more Magic than Michael. That's just his nature. The Heat may be good in forcing turnovers but the Spurs execute well and take care of the ball better than others. Lebron may succeed in stopping Parker to score but it will just leave other Spurs to do the scoring with their nice execution.

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