Thursday, June 12, 2014

Game 4 - The Spurs Stomp the Heat in Miami

San Antonio didn't quite set another shooting record in Game 4, but it didn't matter, the Spurs thoroughly dominated the Heat. The Spurs got out to their customary fast start yet again. After a 13-4 start for the Spurs, both teams scored 15 points a piece in the first quarter.

Miami's lack of interior defense has hurt them all series long and Game 4 was no difference. The Spurs have the unique ability to hit threes, post up, and grab offensive rebounds. The combination hits at Miami's defensive weaknesses.The Spurs controlled the boards and shared the ball far more than Miami, nearly doubling up the Heat's assist total.

Dwyane Wade started the game 1 for 10 from the field. Only LeBron James (28 points, 8 rebounds) and James Jones. The problem for Miami is that Jones played less than three minutes, all in garbage time. He shot 4 for 4 for 11 points.

Kawhi Leonard had another outstanding game, including a jaw-dropping put back. He scored 20 points. His 14 rebounds, 3 steals, and 3 blocks were probably more important. Tim Duncan set the record for most playoff doubles and for most playoff minutes. Boris Diaw was two points, an assist, and a rebound away from a triple double. He has been a nightmare for Miami to matchup with. His ball handling and vision make it difficult for a big guy to take him. But his post up ability and rebounding make it difficult for a perimeter player to check him.

Tony Parker added 19 points and Patty Mills hit 4 of his 6 threes in scoring 14 points. Manu Ginobili and Danny Green were valuable. So was Tiago Splitter, who hit an impressive reverse layup in traffic.

The Spurs looked like the class of the NBA. They travel home for Game 5 on Sunday. It will be the first time a Game 5 has been played at a different venue than Game 4 of an NBA Finals in 30 years. San Antonio took a 3-1 lead with a 107-86 win.

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