Precision Trumps Talent in ’13 Finals
The talent on both sides is undeniable. Yet it might not make the ultimate difference in these NBA Finals.
The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs have shown as much through the first two games of this best-of-seven series that stands tied 1-1 entering Tuesday night’s Game 3 at the AT&T Center.
Instead, precision, pace and passion could ultimately prevail.
In the fourth quarter of their 92-88 Game 1 loss, the Heat looked lifeless. During their 33-5 second-half surge in their 103-84 Game 2 romp, the vitality was undeniable.
In Game 1, the Spurs committed just four turnovers, getting the ball where they wanted and when they wanted. In Game 2, there were 17 Spurs turnovers, including five from point guard Tony Parker who went without one in Game 1.
“They were just more aggressive,” Parker said of a turnaround as dramatic on the scoreboard as in the vitality displayed by the teams in the two games. “We have to play better, definitely have to play better.”