San Antonio Spurs 112, Miami Heat 92
Recap | Box Score
LeBron James: A
9-14 FG (2-4 3FG), 2-3 FT, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 steals, 7 turnovers, 22 points
Following his all-time performance in Game 2, LeBron’s Game 3 was more modest. Still efficient on offense, still a stopper on defense, still the only thing keeping Miami on the floor for four quarters (sans Dwyane Wade’s third quarter). He’s going to need more help from buzzer to buzzer for the Heat to win the NBA Finals.
Dwyane Wade: B-
8-12 FG (0-1 3FG), 6-8 FT, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 5 turnovers, 22 points
Wade was border-line Chalmers level in the first half before bouncing back in the second on his way to 22 points. It was certainly a tale of two halves, playing bad defense and stopping the ball on offense in the first two periods. His 11 points in the third quarter helped cut the lead to seven, as close as Miami would get after falling behind by 20-plus points.
Chris Bosh: A
4-4 FG (1-1 3FG), 3 rebounds, 9 points
So, Bosh didn’t miss a single shot tonight. The Heat went to him early for the first Heat score of the game, and then inconsistently for the rest of the game. Erik Spoelstra needs to figure out how to keep Bosh involved consistently throughout the game or the Heat don’t stand much of a chance.
Mario Chalmers: F
0-5 FG (0-3 3FG), 2-2 FT, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 turnovers, 2 points
How bad do you want to throw a lamp, Chris Posada? Chalmers couldn’t do anything right tonight. He was missing shots, making bad passes, holding onto the ball too long and falling out of position on defense. This series has been a nightmare for Rio, who seems hesitant on the court. For a guy who is known for his irrational confidence, his lack of swag is jarring.
Miami Heat: D+
32-62 FG (10-21 3FG), 18-24 FT, 26 rebounds to San Antonio’s 29, 17 assists to San Antonio’s 21, 20 turnovers to San Antonio’s 12
The Heat were on their heels early in the game, with the Spurs making 19 of their first 21 shots. Miami’s offense wasn’t bad, with LeBron and Wade contributing 22 points each and Rashard Lewis and Ray Allen putting in as well. But the ball movement needs to improve, especially in regards to getting Bosh more than four shots. A lot of Miami’s makes were unassisted, according to my own notes. The Heat are apt to fall behind early. Against a team like the Spurs that can go on runs in a flash, that’s not going to fly.