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3 Things the Spurs Need to Bounce Back

images/finalspin.jpgThe San Antonio Spurs were lit up in Miami by the Heat in Game Two of the NBA Finals, but they still have a few reasons to stay optimistic.

    The Miami Heat had a dominant win against the San Antonio Spurs in Game Two, looking like the champions that ran away with the title last season. The Spurs on the other hand looked completely out of sync on the offensive end and struggled to score against the Heat’s defensive game plan.            

    Tony Parker who had a magnificent Game One performance was under a microscope in Game Two and unable to break free of Miami’s trap defense. After having zero turnovers in Game One he ended with five in Game Two. As a result the Spurs folded on offense and couldn’t find the basket—unless your name was Danny Green. Green hit all five of his three-pointers as he tried to keep the Spurs in the game.            

Now as the series shifts to San Antonio for three straight games, the Spurs search for any possible way to clinch the title without having to travel to Miami again this season. So what are the three issues they have to address for them to bounce back?

Fewer Turnovers

  • The Spurs had 17 turnovers for the game after only having four for the entirety of Game 2. They must find a healthy balance between the two numbers because Miami scoring options are limited --they need turnovers for them to win games.  It all starts in the backcourt with Parker and Ginobili, they must take care of the basketball, not taking unnecessary risks. It was a half-a-dozen times where the players tried to force passes through defenders on the pick n roll.

Star Power

  • The Spurs aren’t winning anything if their stars are ineffective. They need the Big Three of Parker, Duncan, and Ginobili to show up big in the coming games. Parker may be limited because he is being constantly double teamed, so the responsibility falls on Duncan and Ginobili to produce. -         Manu Ginobili has been struggling mightily and has to do something to help this team move forward. He is only averaging nine points and two assists for the series. With Parker being doubled Ginobili has to be the catalyst on the perimeter, at least for a solid stretch of the game.

Smarter Drives  

  • The Spurs have been making several weak drives to the basket; the team must play smarter and harder in this regard. Several players missed point blank shots at the rim in Game Two, while others attacked the rim with recklessly (Tiago Splitter). The Spurs need to remember their game-plan of being a crafty team around the basket; they can’t try to beat Miami with brawn—use brains. 
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