You might have heard LeBron James had some cramping issues in Game One. And perhaps you’ve heard that there were some HVAC issues in San Antonio, as well. And maybe you are one of the lucky dreamers who took the OVER on the “How many dopey “Heat” and “the heat” puns would be uttered on various sports media outlets and cheered wildly when the number eclipsed 457…
I kid, but my point is that the HVAC issues and cramps obscured what I am much more excited about; we are going to have a REALLLLLY good series. Take away those final LeBron-less minutes and there are some more interesting storylines. Miami was handling the Spurs pretty well, on the road, and without any contributions outside of the quartet of Hall of Famers; Chalmers & Cole were a point guard deficit and they didn’t get the usual energy plays and disruption inside from Andersen. Miami had a good chance to win that game on the road if ‘Bron could have been on the court healthy.
There is also the troubling question as to whether or not San Antonio had begun to figure LeBron out in the second half. Was he settling for jumpers and late shot clock contested jumpers because of the Spurs tightened defense or because of his tightening cramps??
We will find out more tonight, and I can’t wait for an awesome game. Let’s see if we can make it even better by cashing another winner.
Today’s Free Pick:
2014 NBA Finals – Game Two
Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs -4.5 (Total: 198.5)
The Heat have the Spurs right where they want them… Of course that’s a little tounge-in-cheek, but this isn’t the first time they’ve lost Game One of an NBA or Conference Finals in the Big Three era. However, if the Spurs are actually able to get three more wins, that WOULD be a first. The Heat were in this exact situation last season against these same Spurs, and were in this situation last series against the Indiana Pacers. Being down 1-0 isn’t ideal, but as long as the Heat can do what they have done every time previous in this situation, win Game Two, then they can head home feeling good about this series.
Of course, there is the pesky, nagging problem of the Spurs seemingly never losing at home. They haven’t dropped a home game since the opening round against Dallas, and they have won eight straight home games in the playoffs by 15 points or more – something no other teamin NBA history has ever done.
However, I don’t consider Game One a “true blowout” win; it wasn’t. It was a close game that mushroomed in the final few minutes with a barrage of three pointers while the best player on the planet sat on the bench. He won’t be sitting the final few minutes today – unless the Heat are resting him with a comfortable lead.
Miami roars back tonight. LeBron gives you a sliver of the “eff you” game that Michael Jordan always conjured in these situations. LeBron doesn’t get nearly enough credit for his competitiveness, but every time he has been doubted or criticized heavily in the last four years, he has returned to the court with a vengeance. I expect nothing less tonight. I like Miami with the points, and I like them with a nice healthy plus money on the money line as well.