1. How did Dwyane Wade and LeBron James have huge nights after being shut down for most of this series?
Ehsan: Dwyane Wade seemed as healthy as he has been all playoffs long and Lebron James was more assertive from the get go. Wade scored 10 first quarter points and finished the first half with 14. Unlike games past, Wade had an even bigger second half, dropping 18 points and playing the best defense we have seen from him this season.
As for James, he got off to a slow start, but once he was able to score a couple of transition buckets, he really found his groove. At the end of the game, it seemed like he was on a personal mission to make sure Wade dud not outscore him.
Justen: Because they’re Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. When the pressure is on, there are no two players I would rather have then them. They bring it when it matters most.
Kris: They attacked. They didn’t think about the defense. They allowed their defense to fuel their offense and the Spurs weren’t ready. Also, Chris Bosh had an amazing game as well and showed why he can’t be ignored.
2. What did the Heat do defensively to prevent the Spurs from continuing their hot shooting?
Ehsan: They forced turnovers and played the passing lanes. The only way the Spurs are able to beat the Heat to their spot is if they lag off and double team other players in the post. The Heat were much more disciplined in their defensive approach and it showed in the final results. Wade’s six steals and the team’s seven blocks set bar for how the Heat need to play to win two more games this series and take home another trophy.
Justen: Made some adjustments. Probably nothing as major as people think. It’s hard to be that hot all the time. You live by the three you die by the three. Tonight the Spurs died from it.
Kris: Pressured the Spurs and focused on the assignments. Fewer open threes for Gary Neal and Danny Green were priority #1. Protecting the rim and playing passes lanes were priority #2.