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Notes, quotes, postscripts from Heat's Game 2 romp

Notes, quotes and postscripts from the Heat’s 103-84 thrashing of San Antonio in Game 2 of the NBA Finals:

### The Heat entered having won its previous 10 games after a loss, by an average margin of 19.9 points. So it was appropriate the Heat won this one by 19.

During the playoffs, the Heat has followed its losses with wins by margins of 37, 18, 11, 23 and 19.

“Miami played their ass off,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “Miami did a hell of a job.”

And that about covers it.

### That 33-5 Heat eruption that began late in the third quarter and extended into the fourth was a sight to behold, as Miami turned a 62-61 deficit into a 27-point romp.

The Heat shot 12 for 13 --- including 5 for 5 on threes – during that run. James was 5 for 5 for 11 points in that stretch, and Chalmers had eight, with both especially effective in pick and rolls together.

And what did the Spurs do during that run? Two for 10 shooting, with six turnovers.

### James overcame a 2-for-12 start from the field to close 7 of 17, with 17 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, three steals and three blocks.

“Offensively, it was a struggle for me,” he said. “Couldn’t make a shot, missed layups. They packed the paint on me. My shooters just need a little bit of room. This team has been set up the right way, where when I do attract attention, we have guys who can make plays. What helped me late in the third was the pocket pass from Rio.”

James’ signature play of the night was an elevating, electrifying block of a Tiago Splitter shot at the rim with the Heat ahead 86-67. Ray Allen then hit a three at the other end.

“I said you’ll end up on SportsCenter one way or another – you’ll either get dunked on or get a block,” LeBron said. “I pride myself on that side of the floor. I was going to protect the rim as best I could.”

### Chalmers was terrific, with 19 points and no turnovers – a game reminiscent of his 25-point performance in Game 4 of last year’s Finals. He outscored Tony Parker, 19-13, and played a cleaner floor game.

“Rio has to play big for us in multiple facets,” James said. “Defensively, he’s guarding arguably the best point guard in the league. He has to attack Parker on the offensive end. He can’t be passive.”

Chalmers was far from passive, attacking the basket, just as he has done with more regularity the past two weeks.

Late in the third, Chalmers told James: “Let’s go for the kill.”

James said: “I’m with you.” 

### Mike Miller again validated the Heat’s decision to remove him from mothballs, with nine points (3 for 3 shooting) and a steal in 15 minutes.

“We want him on the floor,” James said. “He can shoot the ball from anywhere, rebound at a high clip.”

### The Heat was 10 for 19 on three-pointers, with Chalmers going 2 for 4 and Ray Allen 3 for 5 on a 13-point night.

### Dwyane Wade went scoreless in the second half, on 0 for 3 shooting, but was forceful before intermission, with 10 points, four assists and several determined drives to the basket. "I was aggressive in looking for my shot and finding my teammates shots," he said. "That's what my team needed from me."

### Chris Bosh broke out of his rebounding malaise with 10 boards, his third-most this postseason. And Bosh, who entered in a 14 for 50 shooting slump, shot 6 for 10 on a 12-point night. The Heat has now won 30 in a row when Bosh shoots at least 50 percent.

### The Spurs’ supporting cast certainly did its part Sunday. There were five three-pointers and a perfect shooting night from Danny Green, 14 rebounds and stout defense from Kawhi Leonard. Heck, even Gary Neal outscored LeBron in the first half (no joke).

But that wasn’t enough, not nearly enough, certainly not on a night the Spurs’ Big Three played as poorly as it did, and not on a night the Spurs were so careless with the ball.

“We have no shot of winning a game against them if none of us play good,” Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said of himself, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker.

“You need to shoot well and take care of the ball, and if you turn it over the way we did tonight and don’t shoot well, it’s a bad combination,” Popovich said.

### After committing just four turnovers in Game 1, the Spurs turned it over 17 times, leading to 19 Heat points. And the Spurs shot just 41 percent – a robust 10 for 20 on threes, but just 22 for 58 on two-pointers. The Heat closed at 49.4 percent.

### Ginobili summed it well: “You don’t want to come out and perform like this. In the second half, they just ran us over. Their pressure got us on our heels. Rotations were late. It was their whole team just killing us. Offensively, they did everything they wanted.

“Very poor second half. It’s disappointing. You’re in an NBA Finals. You don’t want to play like this. You don’t want to give them that much confidence.”

### During that 33-5 Heat stampede, Ginobili was 0 for 2 with a turnover, Parker 1 for 3 with a turnover and Duncan 0 for 1 with a turnover.

That was quite appropriate, considering all three had subpar nights.

Duncan closed with 9 points, missing 10 of 13 shots, though he did corral 11 rebounds. “I played awfully,” he said.

Parker shot 5 for 14 with as many turnovers (five) as assists (five). “They played great defense tonight, were very aggressive on the pick and rolls and all our drives,” Parker said. “Turnovers were the biggest thing, and that starts with me.”

Meanwhile, Ginobili shot just 2 for 6, with three turnovers on a five-point night. “Tony, Manu and Timmy were 10 for 33,” Popovich pointed out.

### Surprisingly, it was Green who led the Spurs in scoring with 17, on 6 for 6 shooting. He was 5 for 5 on threes, setting a Finals record for most threes without a miss. The previous record was four, held by Boston’s Scott Wedman (1985) and Paul Pierce (2008).

### Encouraging from a Heat perspective: There have been 12 Finals starting 1-1 since the NBA went to a 2-3-2 format in 1985. The home team’s record in Game 3 of those series is 3-9. And the winner of those Game 3s has won 11 of the 12 series.

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Octavio de Armas

It's on their court now. Heat must play with much more intensity. They will be ready come Tuesday night.

SOLDY

Go HEAT !

SOLDY

Sports Illustrated comes out on Wednesdays right ?

Poo Poo Platter

Hey Soldy... Have you noticed that espn hasn't even mentioned the upcoming article on SI? You know why, because it's a joke. The timing is laughable and the NOA has already been submitted. I'm sure the news of it's release has given your miserable life a glimmer of hope, but unfortunately your going to be even more disappointed then your parents are of you... Loser!

SOLDY

Ohhhh Poo Poo but they have both on TV and Radio news updates ...

And when it hits the stands, []_[]'ll read every word and deny, deny, deny ...

[]_[] stay t[]_[]ned ... NCAA will cripple []_[] in less than two weeks.

Then the Bosch []_[] PED Candy Store across the street will be next.

Reality Bites

Let's go Heat!!!!!!!!!!

Sunny Dee

SOLDY is so obsessed with the Canes that he feels compelled to write about them in response to an article that doesn't even mention them. SOLDY needs to see a psychiatrist.

By the way, go Heat!

Poo Poo Platter

I just wish that Soldy's parents would kick him out of the basement already, so that he doesn't have access to a computer anymore.

What a loser!

TK SWAN

SO NOW WHAT? IS EVERYONE WRITING OFF THE HEAT NOW? I COULDN'T BELIEVE HOW THERE WERE A LOT OF PUNDITS THAT ACTUALLY BELIEVED THE HEAT WOULD GET SWEPT? GTFOH! C'MON MAN! THEY ARE DEFENDING CHAMPS! HERE WHAT I'VE SEEN SO FAR IN THE SERIES! THE SPURS ARE A GOOD TEAM! GREAT TEAM BUT MIAMI IS BETTER ATHLETICALLY. FOR THE HEAT TO WIN ALL IS NEEDED IS TO SLOW DOWN PARKER. SA WILL TURN THE BALL OVER WHEN PRESSURED. UNLIKE INDIANA THE SPURS DO NOT SPEND ALL NIGHT AT THE FREE THROW LINE AND THEY CANNOT DEFEND THE 3PT SHOT AS WELL. THE HEAT DID NOT PLAY WELL IN GAME 1 DOWN THE STRETCH BUT IT STILL TOOK A MIRACLE SHOT TO WIN. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN LEBRON GETS GOING OFFENSIVELY AND THE 3PT ALSO!! YES SPURS WILL ADJUST BUT IF ONE OF THERE BIG 3 STRUGGLES SPURS LOSE. THE HEAT NOW HAVE FOUND A WAY TO FREE UP LEBRON. DON'T BE SURPRISE IF HEAT TAKE GAME 3 ALSO. I DO SEE THE SERIES GOING 6/7 GAMES WITH HEAT WINNING. GO HEAT! NOW WHERE IS THE PANIC BUTTON?

Keepin it real always

Heat wanted Game 2 more than SA did last night.Their will/mental toughness surpassed the Spurs basically.The Spurs Coach and Big 3 gave Miami credit but they kept saying "they" didn t play well.The absolute truth was that not a 1 of them could/would/or wanted to THINK that hmmmmmmmm....perhaps.......maybe .......Miami s defense just may have had something to do with it.As a result....the worst case scenario/nightmare happened that SA hoped they could prevent.THAT was that the Heat now leave/head to San Antonio.......as a VERY CONFIDENT team.Even Battier FINALLY made a 3 pointer in the final minutes of the game ...in mop-up duty.THAT is defeinitely....ANOTHER positive sign that the Heat are back on track to WIN these FINALS.GO MIAMI.

Marios

I'm starting to think that the Heat are better off when they lose game 1 at home.
If I was their opponent I would lose the 1st 2 games on purpose rather than wake a sleeping giant.

Happened to the Celtics, Indiana twice, OKC, now Spurs.

Thanks Tony Parker.

green

I'm starting to think that the Heat are better off when they lose game 1 at home.

Posted by: Marios | 06/10/2013 at 01:23 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOzub_ghAbM

Good little factoid from ESPN broadcasters: the team that wins Game One winds up winning 77 percent of super regionals.
-- @aaronfitt

THAT'S THE FACT JACK

green

Always tough for me to root for the Hoosiers, but congrats to Indiana for being the 1st Big Ten team in College World Series since 1984.
-- Frank the Tank

COLD SNAP

green

http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/tenn/genrel/auto_pdf/2012-13/misc_non_event/Top25Twitters.pdf

Top twitter followed teams in all college sports.
-- @BlairKerkhoff

@CanesBaseball & @CanesHoops rank among the twitterati ...

TWEEDLE-LEE-DEE

green

https://twitter.com/ChrisFreet/status/344126664156000256/photo/1

Greentree Field & Cobb Stadium are getting new playing surfaces -- natural grass
-- @ChrisFreet

MANICURED LAWN

green

http://www.syracuse.com/orangefootball/index.ssf/2013/06/with_projected_revenue_increas.html#incart_river

ACC Commissioner John Swofford said last month at the conference spring meetings that he formed a subcommittee to determine a fair structure for football bowl revenue distribution. The current system is an equal share, regardless if a school even qualified for a bowl. But many ACC school officials favor a model that rewards schools for competing in the postseason.

"We're in the competition business. That's what we all signed up for," Syracuse Athletic Director Daryl Gross said. "If a team is in last place all the time, they're still getting a bulk of the money, but they don't certainly get the part where the team has to go compete, have to go travel, the extra expenses and all those types of things. The winning team shouldn't be penalized. There should be an incentive to want to win and be there."
-- the post-standard

LAISSEZ-FAIRE (FREE ENTERPRISE)

green

Another dble-digit % drop for NBA Finals. Game 2 gets 10.2 ovrnight (-14% from '12, -3% from '11, both Thurs). Still enough for primetime win
-- Austin Karp

ANTONIO SILVA

# 1 GATORS

TEBOW TIME !!!

green

If Texas leaves the Big 12, then I can certainly see it going down to 4 major conferences. As long as Texas (and to a lesser extent, UNC) hasn't joined one of the other 4 power conferences, though, then there's always going to be a 5th top league (even if that 5th one is the weakest on paper). That makes it doubtful that it would consolidate down to 3 conferences as I don't see much desire for leagues to balloon up to 18 or more (16 is the realistic upper limit even if B1G commissioner Jim Delany mentions 18 to scare the crap out of people from time to time). On the opposite end, I don't see any of the Gang of Five leagues ever becoming a power conference. Note that for all of conference realignment over the past couple of years, the net change from 1998 (the first year of the BCS system) has been that a grand total of 3 schools (Louisville, Utah and TCU) have moved up to power conferences and 1 school (Temple) was relegated (Temple was kicked out of the Big East for a period of time, anyway, which had nothing to do with conference realignment). There might be 4 or 5 schools in the Gang of Five that could work as the "last one in" members of certain power conferences (i.e. UConn, Cincinnati, BYU, UNLV), but putting even the 12 most valuable programs in that non-power group into a single conference wouldn't make it into a power conference. The post-Miami/Virginia Tech/Boston College defection Big East had a hard enough time keeping its power conference status when it had historical brand names like West Virginia, Syracuse, Pitt and Rutgers, so I don't see a new power conference arising.

I think that if an elite football brand wants to join, such as Oklahoma, Florida State or Miami, then the Big Ten will at least take a look at them because of the sheer potential financial impact. To be sure, though, the Big Ten takes the academic requirements extremely seriously, so it would have to be a proverbial grand slam in terms of football branding and financial impact for the conference to consider a non-AAU member (outside of Notre Dame, who would still be free to join as a full member whenever they wanted to despite Gordon Gee's recent comments).

To be clear, I'm not an expert on the AAU criteria. From the rankings that were used to justify ousting Nebraska, it appeared that Miami was the closest Division I-A school to meeting the AAU metrics (with Wake Forest not too far behind).
-- Frank the Tank

FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD

green

https://twitter.com/ESPNU/status/344532724666744834/photo/1

UNC is headed back to Omaha.
-- @InsideCarolina

#CWS
2 ACC: UNC, NCState
2 Pac12: UCLA, OregonSt
2 SEC: LSU, MissSt
2 NorthernConf: Indiana, Louisville
-- @ESPNU

OMAHA! OMAHA!

green

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDc8ETl1M9M

NBA Draft Profile: Miami Hurricanes' Shane Larkin
-- ACC Digital Network ‏@theACCDN

SUGAR CANE

green

SOLDY is so obsessed with the Canes that he feels compelled to write about them in response to an article that doesn't even mention them.

Posted by: Sunny Dee | 06/10/2013 at 10:15 AM

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/college-football/news/20130611/conference-realignment-report-card/

Among the programs that jumped from the land of the have-nots to the land of the haves, none found a more comfortable fit than TCU. All TCU needed to become a player in almost every recruiting competition in Texas was the cachet provided by a major conference. ...

Now, TCU has a power-conference football program with a proven coach (Gary Patterson) based in one of the nation's most talent-rich metropolitan areas. The only other possible move that might have made the same impact would have been the SEC taking Miami. The SEC would never do that, because the schools in the SEC know how dangerous Miami's football team would be when combined with the might of the SEC brand.
-- SI.com

NOBODY KICKS A DEAD DOG

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