Spurs blew it in Game 2 vs. Heat
by Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports
MIAMI — The Miami Heat had long since taken over Game 2 of the NBA Finals, and now the postgame podium was theirs, too.
Mario Chalmers was talking to the world about his latest where-did-that-come-from? playoff performance, a 19-point outing in the 103-84 victory against the San Antonio Spurs that — strange though it may seem — topped anything LeBron James had been able to do from a scoring standpoint in these first two games. All of the shell-shocked Spurs were standing not far away, in the bowels of the American Airlines Arena; coaches, players, trainers and front-office types alike waited to be checked by security officials before boarding their plane back home.
They stood there for nearly 20 minutes, itching to get out of this house of horrors but stuck instead because of a mysterious delay. It was hardly the first time they couldn’t get where they wanted to go.
The Heat not only evened the series, but also grounded each and every one of the Spurs’ planes down the stretch, airbuses (Tim Duncan) and fighter jets (Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili) alike shut down by a Miami team that completed its mission to seize momentum. The Spurs won’t be dwelling on 1-1 in the hours that have to unfold before Game 3 on Tuesday night — the numbers that will stick in their collective craw until then are 33-5.
That was the shocking total of their late-third and early-fourth quarter collapse, the Heat turning a one-point deficit into a blowout while exacting the sort of will that changes everything about the respective psyches from here on out. It was so dominating, so demoralizing that the old mantra that the visitor goes home happy if they get one game on the road no longer applies.
With the incredible backdrop of their dynasty and the wisdom to know that it will come to an end one day, these Spurs had come to cherish their own greediness. Wanting that fifth championship meant the ante had to be upped every time out, that unseating the Heat would require a desire even greater than what they had displayed … [For more on San Antonio Spurs blew it in Game 2 vs. Miami Heat, click here.]