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Jun
16th
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Spurs 104   Heat 87

The death spiral for Miami started mid-1Q when San Antonio subbed 4 fresh bench (Ginobli-Splitter-Mills-Bonner) players to play with Leonard, while the Heat tried to use Battier-Andersen to steal rest for Wade-Lewis-Bosh-Allen-James. The turnovers and misses from everyone on Miami came during 2Q, including James. I wrote a few weeks ago that the Spurs championship would shift team-building strategy away from Big 3 groupings toward something new: a combination of player development, minutes management and athlete performance science. I still think that is true and I’m looking forward to seeing some team become better than the Spurs at it.

Spurs 104 Heat 87

The death spiral for Miami started mid-1Q when San Antonio subbed 4 fresh bench (Ginobli-Splitter-Mills-Bonner) players to play with Leonard, while the Heat tried to use Battier-Andersen to steal rest for Wade-Lewis-Bosh-Allen-James. The turnovers and misses from everyone on Miami came during 2Q, including James. I wrote a few weeks ago that the Spurs championship would shift team-building strategy away from Big 3 groupings toward something new: a combination of player development, minutes management and athlete performance science. I still think that is true and I’m looking forward to seeing some team become better than the Spurs at it.

Jun
13th
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Heat 86   Spurs 107

The Miami defense has not solved the Diaw problem and probably will not be able to. The San Antonio strategy on defense to clamp down on everyone non-James has worked. Non-James misses and turnovers were plentiful. The last two games have shown that the Heat are vulnerable to a death spiral when the Spurs build an early lead. San Antonio keeps sending out quality bodies while Miami keeps asking for more from a shorter list of players, wearing down Wade-Bosh-Allen-James in the process.

Heat 86 Spurs 107

The Miami defense has not solved the Diaw problem and probably will not be able to. The San Antonio strategy on defense to clamp down on everyone non-James has worked. Non-James misses and turnovers were plentiful. The last two games have shown that the Heat are vulnerable to a death spiral when the Spurs build an early lead. San Antonio keeps sending out quality bodies while Miami keeps asking for more from a shorter list of players, wearing down Wade-Bosh-Allen-James in the process.

Jun
11th
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Heat 92   Spurs 111

The series moved to an interesting tactical place with Game 3. San Antonio made Bosh invisible and went hard against Wade-Chalmers-Cole-Allen, forcing turnovers and misses, tactics that acknowledged and countered James superiority. Miami failed to contain Diaw, making it 2/3 games that he has played a decisive role. Battier-Haslem haven’t moved off the Miami bench, suggesting that there is no role for either player and it is up to Lewis to play better. The Spurs had a decisive 2Q run that occurred when Splitter replaced  Duncan and started when James was out of the game.

Heat 92 Spurs 111

The series moved to an interesting tactical place with Game 3. San Antonio made Bosh invisible and went hard against Wade-Chalmers-Cole-Allen, forcing turnovers and misses, tactics that acknowledged and countered James superiority. Miami failed to contain Diaw, making it 2/3 games that he has played a decisive role. Battier-Haslem haven’t moved off the Miami bench, suggesting that there is no role for either player and it is up to Lewis to play better. The Spurs had a decisive 2Q run that occurred when Splitter replaced Duncan and started when James was out of the game.

Jun
9th
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Spurs 96   Heat 98

Miami has a major crunchtime advantage over San Antonio. This is when all of the lineup flexibility, all the options on top of options that the Spurs have developed over the season work against the team’s success. The Heat work from a shorter what-to-do list and it means Miami has less to think about in a close, pressure-packed game. Among the role players Diaw has become a core piece for San Antonio, and so has Allen for Miami. Which one of the two holds up better over the series will make a big difference. Still, players deeper down both teams’ benches will have the opportunity to swing games. Positive minutes and made shots from Lewis boosted Miami. It looked like Mills might offer the same kind of impact for San Antonio during a hot-shooting 3Q but he was shut down by Chalmers during 4Q.

Spurs 96 Heat 98

Miami has a major crunchtime advantage over San Antonio. This is when all of the lineup flexibility, all the options on top of options that the Spurs have developed over the season work against the team’s success. The Heat work from a shorter what-to-do list and it means Miami has less to think about in a close, pressure-packed game. Among the role players Diaw has become a core piece for San Antonio, and so has Allen for Miami. Which one of the two holds up better over the series will make a big difference. Still, players deeper down both teams’ benches will have the opportunity to swing games. Positive minutes and made shots from Lewis boosted Miami. It looked like Mills might offer the same kind of impact for San Antonio during a hot-shooting 3Q but he was shut down by Chalmers during 4Q.

Jun
6th
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Spurs 110   Heat 95

Every time Miami rests James will be critical. The Heat cannot afford negative minutes during those stretches, and Miami got what it needed from Wade-Cole-Allen-Andersen during 1Q, 3Q, but not during 4Q when the lineup failed to stop Parker-Ginobli-Diaw-Green-Duncan. James was on track for 41-42 minutes until he succumbed during 4Q, and 40+ minutes seems necessary to give the Heat a chance. It looks like Diaw played more minutes than any other Spur, and nearly all of those minutes were positive. Expect Miami to solve that matchup problem (more Battier, probably) or lose the series.

Spurs 110 Heat 95

Every time Miami rests James will be critical. The Heat cannot afford negative minutes during those stretches, and Miami got what it needed from Wade-Cole-Allen-Andersen during 1Q, 3Q, but not during 4Q when the lineup failed to stop Parker-Ginobli-Diaw-Green-Duncan. James was on track for 41-42 minutes until he succumbed during 4Q, and 40+ minutes seems necessary to give the Heat a chance. It looks like Diaw played more minutes than any other Spur, and nearly all of those minutes were positive. Expect Miami to solve that matchup problem (more Battier, probably) or lose the series.

Jun
1st
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Thunder 107   Spurs 112

Neither team was assisting for baskets during 4Q, OT, and the makes were not coming easily during crunchtime. San Antonio helped themselves by resting key players, something Oklahoma City opted not to do with Durant, who played practically the entire game and missed all his OT shots. Leonard also played heavy minutes for the Spurs and missed his shots late in the game, but he had Ginobli-Diaw-Duncan picking up slack. Joseph had crucial positive minutes during early-3Q in place of Parker.

Thunder 107 Spurs 112

Neither team was assisting for baskets during 4Q, OT, and the makes were not coming easily during crunchtime. San Antonio helped themselves by resting key players, something Oklahoma City opted not to do with Durant, who played practically the entire game and missed all his OT shots. Leonard also played heavy minutes for the Spurs and missed his shots late in the game, but he had Ginobli-Diaw-Duncan picking up slack. Joseph had crucial positive minutes during early-3Q in place of Parker.

May
31st
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Heat 117   Pacers 92

Precision basketball by Miami, starting mid-1Q and going on and on until there was nothing to contest in 3Q. Indiana had a decent start but dissolved to mush when the offense fell apart. Stephenson hit his first 4 shots but barely saw the ball, like his teammates knew he would be unbearable if his offense was making a big difference. It’s tough to win when there’s a teammate so obnoxious that guys would rather lose, go home and get away from the guy.

Heat 117 Pacers 92

Precision basketball by Miami, starting mid-1Q and going on and on until there was nothing to contest in 3Q. Indiana had a decent start but dissolved to mush when the offense fell apart. Stephenson hit his first 4 shots but barely saw the ball, like his teammates knew he would be unbearable if his offense was making a big difference. It’s tough to win when there’s a teammate so obnoxious that guys would rather lose, go home and get away from the guy.

May
30th
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Spurs 117   Thunder 89

San Antonio took away Durant for a long stretch during late-1Q and 2Q, and the Oklahoma City offense lost the nice flow it had during early-1Q. It looks like it was Green-Leonard doing the shutdown work on Durant. Also bad for Oklahoma City, the struggle on offense carried over and turned into bad defense.

Spurs 117 Thunder 89

San Antonio took away Durant for a long stretch during late-1Q and 2Q, and the Oklahoma City offense lost the nice flow it had during early-1Q. It looks like it was Green-Leonard doing the shutdown work on Durant. Also bad for Oklahoma City, the struggle on offense carried over and turned into bad defense.

May
29th
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Pacers 93   Heat 90

George found his form during mid-3Q for Indiana, while James rested much of the game, an interesting tactic by Miami. Interesting because you could say momentum swung if George was getting some kind of strength or endurance advantage over James, but in terms of fitness, the opposite is likely true if James is not hurt. The heavy minutes that Wade-Bosh played might be a concern for the Heat, though. One Pacer tactic that worked: I think George-Stephenson-West knew that they would not be sitting during 2H and they could make winning plays against the Heat bench players. Indiana feasted when Miami sat Bosh-James and came in with Haslem-Lewis during late-3Q, the same time the Pacers got going on offense.

Pacers 93 Heat 90

George found his form during mid-3Q for Indiana, while James rested much of the game, an interesting tactic by Miami. Interesting because you could say momentum swung if George was getting some kind of strength or endurance advantage over James, but in terms of fitness, the opposite is likely true if James is not hurt. The heavy minutes that Wade-Bosh played might be a concern for the Heat, though. One Pacer tactic that worked: I think George-Stephenson-West knew that they would not be sitting during 2H and they could make winning plays against the Heat bench players. Indiana feasted when Miami sat Bosh-James and came in with Haslem-Lewis during late-3Q, the same time the Pacers got going on offense.

May
28th
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Thunder 105   Spurs 92

Lamb was first off of the bench for Oklahoma City, replacing Jackson in 1Q, and kicking the Thunder into a nice run, with more positive minutes during 2Q. It looks like Lamb, more than any other option, gives Westbrook-Durant room to produce on offense. San Antonio seems quick to surrender, potentially a bad habit when the now Best-of-3 series means surrender is not an option. Ginobli had 3 early fouls that threw him off and Leonard was not a productive player for the Spurs.

Thunder 105 Spurs 92

Lamb was first off of the bench for Oklahoma City, replacing Jackson in 1Q, and kicking the Thunder into a nice run, with more positive minutes during 2Q. It looks like Lamb, more than any other option, gives Westbrook-Durant room to produce on offense. San Antonio seems quick to surrender, potentially a bad habit when the now Best-of-3 series means surrender is not an option. Ginobli had 3 early fouls that threw him off and Leonard was not a productive player for the Spurs.