Part III: The Spurs Were Red Hot
The Spurs were 16-of-32 from three point range in Game 3.
That’s 50%. That’s outrageous.
While the Spurs benefitted from play calling, and lax defense, they also were just simply on fire. For example, take this preposterously inefficient/bad shot by Gary Neal.
Before this, Gary Neal was simply dribbling the ball about forty feet away from the basket, just waiting for the shot clock to get close to zero. Ignoring the fact that he’s about to launch something like a 30-foot jump shot, Gary Neal had Chris Andersen guarding him, and Neal didn’t even think about driving past Andersen.
Just a general NBA rule of thumb: when a guard is being defended by a center 30 feet away from the basket, that’s NBA seppuku, because the guard is probably going to just blow by the center.
Apparently, this simple rule doesn’t exist in Gary Neal World. In Gary Neal World, Gary Neal jacks up 30-foot heat check (get it, “Heat” check…ok, bad pun, I’m done.) threes over seven-foot centers…because, when you end up shooting 60% from three point range, “Why the hell not?”
These three things all came together in Game 3, and if you’re a Heat fan, you’ve got to pray that these three things don’t happen again.