Game 1 raised some interesting questions for the rest of the series. With the Spurs up 1-0 in the series, the Heat will need to refocus in a hurry in order to avoid going down 2-0 and then being in a serious hole with a second straight championship ring directly in front of them.
With Game 2 quickly approaching, let’s talk about some of the biggest questions people are asking heading into Sunday’s game.
Can LeBron and Dwyane Wade Pick it Up in the Fourth Quarter?
The Heat led during Game 1 through the first three quarters, but then they struggled in the final period as the Spurs were able to pull out the win. A tweet from SportsCenter brought up an interesting fact.
4th quarter was the difference in Game 1. Parker and Duncan: 14 points LeBron and Wade: 6 points— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 7, 2013
LeBron still had a good game, putting up a triple-double with 18 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists, but the defense of Kawhi Leonard was too much late in the game and he failed to get the offense going.
After struggling in the series against the Indiana Pacers, Wade looked better through the first three quarters of Game 1, but then was completely frustrated in the fourth, finishing the game with 17 points.
The shutdown of Wade and LeBron reminds some of the NBA Finals just two years ago when they were unable to get it going late in games against the Dallas Mavericks. While it might not be the same scenario for long, these two are going to need to step up in Game 2 to ensure that they seal the deal.
Is the Game 1 Win Actually Bad News for the Spurs?
The Spurs may have taken the first game of this series, but recent history has shown that that isn’t exactly a good thing when playing the Heat.
Since the formation of the “Big Three” in Miami, the Heat have lost the first game in a playoff series only three other times. These losses came this season against the Chicago Bulls, last year in the NBA Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and in 2011 against the Bulls in the conference finals.
In all three of those series, the Heat won the next four games.
While that very well could be coincidence, it isn’t a stretch to believe that an early loss in a playoff series helps this team refocus and get even more motivated on its way to a potential NBA title. Despite how strong the Spurs are as a team, the Heat are just as good and will look to repeat history in this series.
Can Tony Parker Bring the Spurs to Glory Once Again?
Despite being 31 years old, Parker continues to prove time and time again that he is one of the best players in the NBA, and Game 1 showed just that.
There was plenty to like about Parker’s game. He finished with 21 points on 9-for-18 shooting. He had six assists to go along with two steals. He played 40 minutes and only had one personal foul. He had zero turnovers. That’s right, ZERO.
To add the cherry on top, Parker made this ridiculously clutch shot at the end of the game to help the Spurs pull out a win.
With how well Parker has played this entire postseason, there are high expectations for him to finish out the series.
Can Parker lead the Spurs to victory? If so, will this be the last season for the Spurs’ own “Big Three”?
These answers are quickly approaching, as there is only one series of basketball left.