NBA Finals Game 2 Review: Turnovers hurt Spurs

NBA Finals Game 2 Review: Turnovers hurt Spurs
June 9, 2013, 11:15 pm
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MIAMI — Two games, two completely different San Antonio Spurs teams. In Game 1, great ball control.

Game 2?

Total chaos as they turned the ball over 17 times on their way to a 103-84 blowout loss to the Miami Heat with the series even at 1-1 heading to San Antonio for the next three games.

While the Heat certainly deserve credit for the effectiveness in their ability to mix their man-to-man defense with an occasional half-court trap.

But when the Spurs look back at the video most likely within the next 24 hours, they will see many of the wounds they now have were self-inflicted.

Tony Parker had ball-control problems all game, tallying almost as many turnovers by himself (five) than the six racked up by the Heat's entire team.

 "They played great defense tonight," Parker said. "Very aggressive on pick-and-rolls and all our drives [to the basket]. So we just have to take care of the basketball better."

Cutting down on their turnovers will be among the many areas San Antonio will look to improve on heading into Game 3 in San Antonio on Tuesday.

Here are some other aspects outlined prior to the game, and how they actually played out in Game 2.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Chris Bosh is not your traditional center, but the Heat have no shot at winning this series if he continues to spend so much time floating on the perimeter instead of trying to make more plays in the paint. Establishing him in the post will become a greater priority in Game 2.

WHAT WE SAW: Bosh was a lot more active around the basket from the very start of the game, evident by two of his first three made field goals being a dunk and tip-in. He finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds which was yet another indicator of him looking to make plays in the paint.

MATCHUP TO WATCH:  Kawhi Leonard vs LeBron James: Much of the talk following Game 1 had to do with Leonard's defense on James, who still wound up with a triple-double of 18 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists. The Spurs will live with those kind of numbers if Leonard can continue to keep James from making the game-altering, emotionally lifting plays that he has done so often in big games.

WHAT WE SAW: Leonard had nine points and a game-high 14 rebounds not to mention making it tough for James to score the way he's used to. Still, James had 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists not to mention three blocked shots.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Udonis Haslem's scoring might be the most proven indicator of success in the postseason for the Heat. Haslem has had just five double-digit scoring games in the postseason and Miami has won all five games.

WHAT WE SAW: Haslem only played 15 minutes, scoring five points while grabbing two rebounds. Haslem's role was more limited because of the strong play of Chris Andersen off the bench. In 14 minutes, he had nine points and four rebounds. But even more important, he provided a presence defensively on the interior, something that has been sorely lacking for the Heat in this series as well as the previous one against Indiana.

STAT TO TRACK: It would not be all that surprising if San Antonio had more turnovers in the first quarter than their four-turnover total from Game 1. Miami's defense has to find a way to get the ball out of Tony Parker's hands. Otherwise, Miami could easily find itself down 2-zip in this series which would then make this series pretty much a wrap at that point. Because while it's very possible to get a win in San Antonio, beating the Spurs two out of three games in their building is highly unlikely.

WHAT WE SAW: As expected, Miami's defense was more active and more effective in Game 2 than they were in Game 1. Six minutes into the game and San Antonio had as many turnovers (4) as they had in all of Game 1. For the game, the Spurs turned the ball over 17 times while the Heat coughed it up just six times.