Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs Game Time: 8:00 pm EST
NBA Finals Game 2  TV Coverage: ABC
NBA Finals Game 2 Odds at JustBet: San Antonio -4 Total: 199

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2014 NBA Finals Game 2 Analysis: The San Antonio Spurs will look to take a 2-0 series lead when they take on the Miami Heat in game 2 of the NBA finals on Sunday night from the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Danny Green was once again a thorn in the side of the Miami Heat. Green hit 3 three-pointers in the fourth quarter during a 31-9 San Antonio run helping the Spurs to a 105-90 win in game 1 on Thursday night. The main story in the game was the air conditioning in the arena malfunctioning in the second quarter which led to 90 degree temperatures on the court . The high temperatures led to LeBron James cramping up in the fourth quarter, and the cramping was quite severe as James was carried off the court and was forced to watch the past 4 minutes of the game. James finished with 25 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals, while Dwayne Wade had 19 points, and Chris Bosh had 18. Tim Duncan led the way for San Antonio with 21 pointts and 10 rebounds, while Manu Ginobli provided a spark off the bench with 16 points and 11 assists. What was uncharacteristic wasn’t just the conditions on the court, but the 22 turnovers by the Spurs, including 9 in the third quarter which was a main factor in Miami holding a 4 point lead going into the fourth quarter. The Spurs then outscored the Heat 36-17 in the fourth, with a barrage of key three pointers by Danny Green and tremendous ball movement by San Antonio.

LeBron James took a lot of criticism after the game, especially on Twitter, due to him missing the final minutes of the fourth quarter. In game 2, the air conditioning will be fully functional, and we should expect a very motivated James, and no one would expect anything less than a stellar performance from the Miami forward.  I don’t see him cramping up the reason why the Heat lost game 1, though. The Spurs Simply played their best basketball at the end of the game, and they did have a 2 point lead when James went out. Coach Gregg Popovich was quoted saying his team was fortunate to get the win, and he’s right. When I think of good coaches in all of the major sports, they don’t point out things they did well after a win, instead they point out every thing they did wrong. The Spurs had a tremendously sloppy game. 22 turnovers is not something you see every day out of San Antonio, and while you can give some credit to the Miami defense, a lot of those San Antonio miscues were due to bad passes and being careless with the basketball. In game 2, I am expecting a much better effort on the offensive end out of San Antonio, and that’s why I am backing them on Sunday night. The Spurs can ill-afford to give Miami the home court advantage. When great teams win a game and look somewhat lackluster doing so, you can usually expect a more focused effort the next time around. I expect ball security to be a main focus for San Antonio, and if they play the way they did in the fourth quarter or similar to that, I expect San Antonio to take a 2-0 series lead in the finals.

Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs Free Game 2 Pick: San Antonio -4 Under 199
Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs Game 2 Prediction: San Antonio 102 Miami 96

 

 

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