Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs
Tip-off: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 – 9:00 PM ET
AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
Even when Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili feel satisfied after two games, they’re still shaken.
The San Antonio Spurs had taken home-court advantage away from the Miami Heat, but then the reigning champions managed to take them apart.
So as they were ready to bring the NBA Finals back home for the first time since 2006, the veterans had a hard time with how they were supposed to sum up their situation.
Getting one in Miami was an accomplishment, but nothing that provided them any momentum after the Heat’s 103-84 win Sunday in Game 2.
Yesterday was the team’s day off with the series resuming tonight. San Antonio will also host Game 4 on Thursday and Game 5 on Sunday.
The Spurs won four titles in a nine-year span starting in 1999, but hasn’t hosted a game in the league’s championship round since San Antonio took a 2-0 lead over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2007.
Miami is just 3-22 in San Antonio, even when they did win this year even while James, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers sat out the late-season meeting.
James was not worried after Game 2, which validated his belief that he can depend on his teammates until he gets rolling, as he did late in the third quarter and well into the fourth.
However, there was a little worry into the Spurs’ Big Three, unusual for a group that has been there, done that.
Duncan, Parker and Ginobili have teamed for 99 postseason wins together, second-most in NBA history, a trio that is well aware of how quickly things can change in the playoffs.
Duncan was admittedly not good in Game 2, shooting 3 of 13 for nine points. Parker offset his five baskets in 14 attempts with five turnovers, and Ginobili had three of San Antonio’s 17 turnovers that led to 19 points.
The Spurs, like every other team in the league, know that there’s no way to beat Miami with that kind of ball handling.
San Antonio is shooting just 41 percent and averaging 88 points in the series, perhaps lucky to not be down 2-0. the veteran 37 year-old Duncan who always seemed to be more reliable the later in the season it was, has made only 11-of-32 shots.