So the second part of that headline is not true. Whatever. Just 10 days after the Spurs took Miami off the Elementary School Punishment Wall and stole their milk money, LeBron, D-Wade and Predator from the movie “Predator” returned the favor. There wasn’t a whole lot to discuss until about halfway through the 3rd quarter — when San Antonio made that patented 3rd-quarter push that I’m pretty sure Pop has copyrighted by now. A Gary Neal three made it smell like a legit comeback, pushing Miami’s lead to nearly single digits, but that’s when The Heatles shut it down. They had played sick-nasty-delicious defense all night (our Spurs shot just 38%), but couldn’t really turn it into those patented fast break dunks. Yeah you know those… the ones they celebrate like they don’t count the same as the Ginobili float-piece that just went down on the other end. Regardless of the overall douche-baggery, a couple of flushes were the back-breakers that elevated the Miami lead to 14 after three — a lead that would swell to 30 by the time this one saw its fin. (That’s French… look it up).
So what happened to the boys from almost South of the border? Well, it really was Miami’s night. They have size and athleticism on the perimeter that San Antonio’s savvy just had a hard time breaking down. When a team as athletic as Miami plays both hard and smart on the defensive end, they are nearly impossible to beat. Unless, of course, you have a legit low-post scorer. Unfortunately for the Spurs, this is both not 2004 and DeJuan Blair has not grown 6 inches (unless it involved his knees detaching from his body). With a tough time on the perimeter and guys in the middle with no responsibility but to shot-block, TP, Manu and the Crew On the Outside were forced to huck threes like Demarcus Cousins after he’s been denied his binky. The results: a 6-for-22 night from three. Not gonna win a whole lot of game like that. Tomorrow, Pop gives the boys a day off. Next up, Friday in Dallas. Get excited.
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Written by Chris Aquillino
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