Post-Game Grades: Spurs Beat Heat in Game 1 of NBA Finals

San Antonio Spurs 110, Miami Heat 95

Recap | Box Score

LeBron James: A

9-17 FG (2-3 3FG), 5-6 FT, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, 4 turnovers, 25 points

With about seven minutes left, LeBron James left the game with an apparent crap. The Spurs went on a 10-4 run and LeBron came back in. After making a driving layup to get the game back within two points, he came up hobbling and had to be taken out again. He would head to the locker room and wouldn’t return. LeBron was his normal self tonight, and would have given the Heat a chance would he have played the entire game. But with no A/C and no LeBron, the Heat let the game get away.

 

Dwyane Wade: B+

8-18 FG (1-3 3FG), 2-2 FT, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 2 turnovers, 19 points

Wade was active on both ends of the court and wanted to take the game over when LeBron went out. The Spurs, however, made sure he didn’t get the ball in a couple of key possessions late in the game.

 

Chris Bosh: B+

7-11 FG (3-4 3FG), 1-1 FT, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 18 points

Bosh played his role well tonight, spreading the floor and doing a decent job guarding Tim Duncan. I expect his defense on Duncan to improve throughout this series. Afterall, it’s quite a transition going from guarding Roy Hibbert to Timmy.

 

Ray Allen: A

6-12 FG (3-8 3FG), 1-2 FT, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 steals, 16 points

Allen was doing a little bit of everything tonight. He was hitting some three-pointers, sure. But he was also driving and creating, and came up with five steals. One of which he took all the way to the other end for a dunk.

 

Miami Heat: B+

37-78 FG (12-29 3FG), 9-11 FT, 29 rebounds to San Antonio’s 39, 16 assists to San Antonio’s 30, 16 turnovers to San Antonio’s 22

Miami almost stole home-court advantage in the first game of the series, but LeBron leaving with a cramp really stalled the Heat machine. Is that an excuse? It shouldn’t be, but his missing time in the second half definitely impacted the Heat. Both teams had to play without A/C, though, so it’s really not an excuse. Both teams played a good game tonight, but the Spurs got the break in the end.

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  • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

    The AC is a perfectly valid excuse. Both teams had to play with it, but when abnormal conditions disadvantage one tea you can’t really hold that team accountable for being prepared to play the game at 75 degrees instead of 95 degrees.