It almost felt like LeBron kinda….gave up after he got his hand on the ball. Like he thought “there’s no way this dude’s making that shot”(and he was about 0.1 seconds away from being right). At least, that’s what I tell myself, because even after all the great defense that LeBron played on Tony Parker during that possession I think LeBron could have done a better job of altering Tony Parker’s shot.
I don’t think LeBron should guard Parker for most of Game 2, just because it’s not like Kawhi Leonard is Nando de Colo or something (no offense, Nando) — Kawhi Leonard is a legit NBA starter and can make shots. Putting a smaller guard on Kawhi or even a Mike Miller on Kawhi is a pretty serious mismatch. However, LeBron should probably guard Parker in end of game/end of quarter situations, because either Tony or Tim are taking the last shot.
Other than LeBron, which Heat player scares you the most?
Believe it or not, Dwyane Wade. At the start of the game when He had that dunk, then made loves to the rim, I was like damnit, Wade is on a mission, he is going to make this HIS team once again. As the game went it seemed he did as well. He still scares me though. He may not seem to have his jumper but what he showed getting to the rim is where I can see him hurting us.
Outside of Parker and Duncan, who are you most afraid of for Game Two?
Manu. That guy’s a killer. (Remember the three against the Warriors in Game 1?) He can pass, he can shoot, he can get to the foul line — in essence, he can create offense. Outside of Parker and Duncan, nobody else on the Spurs can really do that.
Most underrated player in this series?
I can see that the most underrated player in this series for Miami would have to be Chris Anderson. I cannot stand the dude but hell, he has the energy that the Miami Heat feed off of and he is a monster when it comes to rebounding. During game one there were times when I was yelling out, “BLOCK HIM OUT!” He was making it look too easy. For San Antonio, I feel that Danny Green would be the most underrated player in this series. Everyone can get caught up in what Tony, Tim and Manu do on the floor but it is what Danny Green can do that could help push San Antonio to their fifth ring.
Whom do you feel are the most underrated players for these two teams in this series?