Heat vs. Spurs: NBA Finals Game 2 Preview

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Jun 9, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; General view of American Airlines Arena prior to game two of the 2013 NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

 “In Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Manu Ginobili did something I haven’t seen (and something I don’t think I will ever see again).

He threw a 15-foot bounce pass to Tony Parker…through the legs of Norris Cole.”

“Tony Parker went offffffff 0n the Miami Heat in Game 1. Parker went 9-of-18 with 21 points, which lead all scorers. The Heat cannot and will not let that happen again.”

“There are rumors the Heat will be looking to deal Chris Bosh, and the Bobcats, who are under the salary cap and could accept Bosh’s near-maximum deal, could be a prime candidate.”

Here are my two cents.

The Spurs are a well-trained, well-regimented, machine or basketball players.  They are led by Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili.  So shut those guys down.  Make somebody else beat you.  Make Danny Green have to take important shots.  Force Kawhi Leonard and Tiago Splitter to contribute to the game.  If they can’t, awesome.  If they can…well…screwed if you do, screwed if you don’t.

You know how the Spurs are going to attack the Heat.  With Tony Parker.  Whether it’s high Tony Parker and “Whatever Spurs Big Man Is Playing” pick-and-rolls or Tony Parker drive-and-kicks, or simply Tony Parker spinning his way past Norris Cole to the hoop, it starts and ends with Tony Parker.  Tim Duncan might be the “best” Spurs player, but Tony Parker is their most important player.

Shut Tony Parker down, and you shut the Spurs down — or at the very least, force somebody else to beat you.

Luckily, LeBron is probably going to be guarding Tony Parker tonight so…

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