Monday, June 10, 2013

NBA Finals Chronicles, Monday June 10

Last night's game was much like Game 1. Close and competitive. No one had a clear advantage, and no one knew who would come out on top. Well, it was that way until 3:11 left in the third quarter. It was at that point that San Antonio's 62-61 lead swiftly slipped away and became a 94-67 deficit with 7:36 left in the fourth.

Throughout that 33-5 run by the Heat, LeBron had 11 points himself, but got a lot of help from the role players, who showed up big time. Mario Chalmers was knocking down shots, leading the team with 19 points. Ray Allen and Mike Miller (who apparently only plays during the Finals) gave the team a boost with their three point shooting. Overall, it was a great team effort on both ends to pull away to quickly.

As for the Spurs, their big three did not play well. Tony Parker wasn't great shooting, and wasn't doing a great job creating for his teammates. Tim Duncan was absolutely horrible on offense, shooting 3 for 13. He did pull down 11 rebounds, so he at least has that to take away from this game.

And then there was Manu Ginobili, who hasn't shown up for quite a while. He hasn't been there to make big shots and take over the scoring load whenever his team needs him to, as he has been in the past. I don't expect this to be the case for the entire series, but it's worrisome. Both he and Dwyane Wade need to pick up the consistency.

On another note, you have absolutely got to love Tracy McGrady randomly appearing in a Finals game in 2013. It's sad that he's a scrub nowadays, but it's still fun to see him out there. You go T-Mac!

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