- Created on Wednesday, 05 June 2013 20:21
- Last Updated on Sunday, 23 June 2013 20:43
- Written by David Rountree
The San Antonio Spurs are back in the NBA Finals, but they start the series on the road for the first time in the teamâ€™s history. The Spurs have proven this post season that they can beat teams on the road, showing their focus and determination. The Miami Heat though arenâ€™t like other teams, so the Spurs will have their work cut out for them.
The Spursâ€™ goal should be to steal one of the first two games in Miami, so they can enjoy the advantage of having Games 3-5 in San Antonio. So what are the keys for the Spurs to get that Game 1 steal they want so desperately?
Weathering the Storm
- The Miami Heat are going to come out with the energy of crowd fueling their attack. It will be important for the Spurs to not become overwhelmed and to keep the game close. They should expect for LeBron James to try and set the tone with his passing ability early. The Spurs do not want to let the Miami Heatâ€™s role players to get off to good starts, it could plague them for the rest of the game.
- The Spurs cannot afford to be sloppy with the basketball. They have been known to throw lazy passes from time to time; their passes must be precise and sharp. The Miami Heat thrive off of turnovers in the open court for easy baskets. The Spurs must turn the Heat in to a half-court team, which would help contain their speed. Coach Gregg Popovich also should keep dribbling duties out of the hands of guards Gary Neal and Danny Green, both have questionable ball handling skills. Also the Spurs will see if back-up point guard Corey Joseph can handle Miamiâ€™s stingy defense.
- The Miami Heat are one of the worst rebounding teamâ€™s in the NBA. This deficiency almost cost them the Eastern Conference championship and it is something the Spurs must capitalize on. The Spurs have the bigger team and the better rebounders on the floor, with Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter. The Heatâ€™s best rebounder is LeBron James so keeping him off the boards would be huge for the Spurs. Offensive rebounds will also be a boost the Spursâ€™ offense will likely need.