1. Initial reaction after Game 1? Were you shocked? Not shocked?
DJ: A little bit shocked. I expected the Heat to win Game 1. Although there was more to be desired by Lebron’s supporting cast (yet again), Dwyane Wade actually had a solid game, and the Heat played great defense. The Spurs just executed down the stretch, while the Heat did not.
Ehsan: Shocked? Nope. This is the way the Heat operate. They don’t start playing their best until they are down and doubted. It was annoying at first, but I guess it adds some good intrigue and drama to the league. The Heat really make the NBA more competitive than David Stern does.
Kris: I’m not shocked at all. The Spurs have a championship pedigree and can never be counted out of any game. If you’re going to beat the Spurs, execution is the only way. And the Heat couldn’t execute at the end of the game.
2. Did Game 1 change your series prediction?
DJ: I still say in Heat in 6. But if the Heat lose Game 2, my predictions will change. Remember, the Heat were down 0-2 in the 2006 NBA Finals before winning it in six games. They were also down 0-1 to the Thunder in last year’s Finals before winning it in five games.
Ehsan: Not really. Had the Spurs winning either Game 1 or 2. Should have expected it to be Game 1 with how the Heat always seem to struggle in Game 1s. If the Heat win Game 2, the series is right where I expected it to be after two games.
Kris: No. Game 1 seemed like the Heat had it for the taking. Until they didn’t. I still believe with minor tweaks the Heat are in good shape.