3. Did the Heat lose Game 1 or did the Spurs win it?
DJ: It was both. You can’t have it one way without acknowledging the other. The Spurs executed very well down the stretch like an experienced team should. They made smart passes and took smart shots. The Heat didn’t execute defensively down the stretch.
Ehsan: A combination of both. Lebron James looked winded in the second half and thus Coach Spoelstra had to give him a brief breather in the fourth. The Spurs wisely stepped up their game when Lebron was out and stayed in a nice groove on both ends to steal the game. These two teams are very equal, so to say one team lost it or one team won it would be disrespectful to both sides.
Kris: The Heat definitely lost this one more than the Spurs won. That stretch at the beginning of the 4th quarter with, essentially, an entire lineup of only bench player seemed to last an eternity and allowed the Spurs to seize momentum.
4. What do the Heat need to do in Game 2 to win it?
DJ: As I posted before in my ‘Keys to the Series’ article, the Heat need to stop Tony Parker’s dribble penetration. It’s easier said than done, but if anybody can come up with a game plan to stop it, it’s Erik Spoelstra.
And again, obviously, Lebron needs somebody other than Wade to contribute. Bosh was ordinary yet again with his 6-of-16 shooting and five rebounds. The Heat supporting cast need to step it up offensively against a complete team such as the Spurs in order for Miami to have a chance to win this series.
Ehsan: Lebron James needs to be more aggressive. I know that’s odd saying that since he was the Heat’s leading scorer and notched a triple double. In the second half, Lebron and the Heat seemed too timid and looked scared to shoot the ball at times. That is a time Mario and Cole should be in the game, as those two are NEVER scared to shoot a basketball.
Kris: Stay the course. Also, they have to remind Chris Bosh that big men can play in the paint, too (instead of taking three pointers).