Ballin: LeBron James had 18 rebounds and a triple-double, Tim Duncan had 20 and 14 and Tony Parker went for 21 points and six assists with no turnovers. However, the most impressive thing of the night was that the Spurs turned the ball over a grand total of four times while playing their first Finals game after a 63-week layoff. (Miami had four turnovers going in to the fourth quarter, and ended up with eight, which is a huge reason why this was one of the cleanest-played games of the playoffs thus far.)
Not so much: Chris Bosh went 0-4 from three last night –and 5-8 from midrange, where he’s one of the best in the league — which is already the fourth time he’s shot that many threes in a game during this year’s postseason. Before that, he’d shot that many in a game just once in his entire career.
Sweet River Baines: This shot by Tony Parker. Come on.
Just your run of the mill leaning banker that touches every part of the rim and barely beats the buzzer after taking a knee and still keeping a dribble going. Basic stuff.
Wanted: Video of Tim Duncan getting a fierce chest bump from Shaq in the hallway after the Spurs’ win. Game respect game.
Detective: Here is a Norris Cole highlight that isn’t him knocking down a big three.
Five points, four assists and two rebounds for Norbit. Nice game, nicer shot.
Scary: The Spurs won this game after trailing for most of the evening. Even worse for Miami, San Antonio shot just 7-23 from three and saw at least four wide-open threes just barely miss. This could have been way worse.
Wizardry: If you were wondering if Manu Ginobili would throw passes through the Heat’s legs during the NBA Finals, your questions were answered.
Maybe Pete Maravich was better at this — I don’t know, since I’m too young to know — but Manu Ginobili has to be one of the best ever at throwing basketballs through opponents’ legs. I mean, if he’s doing it as they run away with their back turned during the most important series of the year, then he is pretty good. He also threw a screwball pass, which was nearly as impressive as this nutmeg.
Brick: After a 3-5 evening, Chris Andersen has missed four shots in his past two games. Prior to those two miss fests, he’d missed six shots in the playoffs (14 games).
Other things: Ray Allen missed another free throw last night, but he also sank three straight with a minute-and-a-half left after a stupid Danny Green foul, so all is forgiven … You could tell we were in for a good game when Dwyane Wade started things off with a dunk … Tony Parker busted out his signature spin move last night … He also busted out the Embarrass Joel Anthony move, which worked pretty well … Here’s a Danny Green video that’s making the rounds and is quite obviously fake