San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat: Game 2 Postgame Grades and Analysis

Peter EmerickSenior Writer IIJune 9, 2013

San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat: Game 2 Postgame Grades and Analysis

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    Well, it looks like we're set for quite an epic NBA Finals. 

    The Miami Heat used a massive second-half run to sink the San Antonio Spurs, 103-84, capped off by this insane block from LeBron James on Tiago Splitter's dunk attempt.

    That block by LeBron certainly helps set the tone for the remainder of this series as both teams head to San Antonio for Game 3 on Tuesday.

    LeBron James had a balanced night, with 17 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, three steals and three blocked shots.

    While he didn't dominate in any one area, he helped facilitate the tempo, pace and overall flow of the game to everyone wearing a Heat jersey, including Mario Chalmers who had an impressive 19-point performance.

    Tony Parker and Tim Duncan struggled to find their strokes in Game 2, combining for just 22 points on 8-of-27 shooting from the field. 

    The Spurs weren't themselves in the second half, getting outscored 53-39 in the final two quarters. 

    The pressure is now on the Spurs as the series heads back to San Antonio for what will be an extremely pivotal Game 3. 

Point Guards

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    Tony Parker, PG Spurs

    After a heroically memorable performance in Game 1, Tony Parker dropped a dud in Game 2.

    His 13 points failed to help the Spurs keep up with the Heat in the second half, and his five turnovers gave the Heat more than enough opportunities to sink the Spurs throughout the game.

    Parker shot just 5-of-14 from the field, and he only got to the line four times, which hurt the Spurs' ability to control the flow and pace of the game.

    There was no opportunity for game-winners or memorable moments for Parker in Game 2, but that will certainly change as this series rages on.

    Hopefully Parker can put this weak performance behind him and remember how to amaze us all in Game 3 on Tuesday night.

    Overall Grade: C-

     

    Mario Chalmers, PG Heat 

    Someone woke Mario Chalmers up for Game 2, as he put together one of his best playoff performances of his young career. 

    Not only did he drop 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field and 2-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc, he also didn't commit a single turnover all game. 

    When Super Mario is playing at this level of offensive production matched with serious efficiency, the Heat are a nearly impossible team to beat. 

    Shockingly enough, Chalmers' defense on Tony Parker was rather impressive for the majority of Game 2. Sure the Heat's constant help-side defense on Parker helped, but Chalmers was aggressive and physical, and it led to five uncharacteristic turnovers from Parker.

    Overall Grade: B+

Shooting Guards

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    Danny Green, SG Spurs

    There's really no other way to talk about Danny Green's performance than by using the one word all NBA players hope to see in reference their play—perfection.

    Green shoot a perfect 6-of-6 from the field and 5-of-5 from beyond the arc. 

    Even in a massive beat down, that kind of shooting is ridiculously impressive. It looks like the Heat have figured out that they can let Green own them from deep, as long as they shut down the rest of the Spurs' dominant talent.

    Defensively Green had a good night on Dwyane Wade, holding him to 10 points on 5-of-13 shooting. It's a shame the Spurs wasted Green's perfect night, because the odds are that he won't be doing that again in this series.

    Overall Grade: B+

     

    Dwyane Wade, SG Heat 

    Game 2 wasn't Dwyane Wade's best effort, but he put together the kind of night the Heat needed him to have. 

    Wade dropped 10 points and dished out six assists, but he shot just 5-of-13 from the field. 

    With that being said, Wade was aggressive on both sides of the ball, and that's extremely encouraging to see. 

    You could chalk Green's perfect night up to Wade's inability to key on him around the perimeter, but it looked like the Heat were okay with Green lighting them up from deep.

    The efficiency of Wade's game needs to improve just a bit, especially as this series heads to San Antonio for three games, but all in all Wade did enough to help the Heat get the win.

    Overall Grade:

Small Forwards

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    Kawhi Leonard, SF Spurs

    Kawhi Leonard nearly had more offensive rebounds (eight) than the entire Heat team (nine), but that really didn't matter in Game 2. 

    Leonard did grab 14 total rebounds, and he scored nine points, but he shot an inefficient 4-of-12 from the field.

    His defense was impressive against LeBron in the first half, holding him to just four points through the first 24 minutes of action. 

    That all changed though once LeBron decided to take the game over in the second half with a solid well-balanced performance. 

    Leonard absolutely must be more efficient with his offensive production, because the Spurs can't beat the Heat without production out on the wing.

    Overall Grade: C+

     

    LeBron James, SF Heat

    It wasn't a dominant game for LeBron James in terms of offensive production, but he certainly had a well-balanced game with impressively dominant production on the defensive side of the ball. 

    In the fourth quarter, with the Heat going on a tear, LeBron made one of the nastiest blocks you'll ever see when he said "I don't think so" to Tiago Splitter's dunk attempt. 

    While LeBron was rather quiet during the first half, he came alive in the second, leading the Heat on an incredible 30-5 run that helped the Heat cap off a 27-point lead with under seven minutes left in the game.

    LeBron's final stat line of 17 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, three steals and three blocked shots is rather impressive, especially when you consider all the defensive rotations the Spurs threw at him.

    It's so impressive to watch LeBron's complete approach to the game because he hurt the Spurs in just about every way that he could—on the glass, keeping teammates involved and dominating on defense.

    If there was any question of how bad LeBron wants ring number two, that was answered with his solid and balanced performance in Game 2 of what is turning out to be a very entertaining series.

    Overall Grade: A- 

Power Forwards

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    Tim Duncan, PF Spurs

    3-of-13 shooting from the field certainly isn't going to get it done against the reigning NBA champions, and that's what Tim Duncan brought to the floor. 

    He ended the night one point shy of a double-double, with nine points and 11 rebounds, but he shot an atrocious 27.3 percent from the floor and that hurt the Spurs.

    Duncan's interior defense wasn't awful, but he wasn't as aggressive on double-teams and he wasn't as quickly hedging out on high pick-and-rolls. 

    His inability to knock down shots consistently led to the Heat being able to get out into transition, and that's where Miami knocked out the Spurs. 

    Duncan will need to put Game 2 behind him as this series heads to San Antonio, because honestly it wasn't a good performance in any stretch of the imagination.

    Overall Grade: C

     

    Udonis Haslem, PF Heat

    Another night, another average game for Udonis Haslem. 

    With just five points and two rebounds (two offensive) in 16 minutes, Haslem gave the Heat what they needed until they started to bring in their bench rotations.

    Haslem's defensive intensity was encouraging to see to start off the game, and it's a major reason why the Heat were able to stay with the Spurs early on. He was contesting shots in the paint and not letting Tony Parker get off easy floaters every time in the paint.

    It would be nice to see Haslem be a bit more aggressive on the glass and getting touches in the offense, but you can't argue with the kind of performance he had in Game 2 in limited action.

    Overall Grade: C

Centers

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    Tiago Splitter, C Spurs

    Tiago Splitter didn't have a good game by any stretch of imagination, with four points, one rebound and one assist in 23 minutes of action.

    His Game 2 performance got a lot worse when LeBron turned a potential Splitter throwdown into one of the best blocked shots you'll ever see

    The Spurs need Splitter to be more active coming off high screens and scoring around the rim because when he's not being a factor in the paint, the Heat don't need to key on him and it allows them to focus on everyone else.

    Splitter must improve moving forward if the Spurs are going to hang with the Heat, there's just no way around it.

    Overall Grade: D+

     

    Chris Bosh, C Heat

    Well hello Mr. Bosh, nice of you to finally show up. Bosh finally had a solid game, and it couldn't have come at a better time. 

    He ended the night with 12 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, three steals and a blocked shot. Bosh also shot 6-of-12 from the floor and didn't commit a single turnover all game.

    The most impressive part of Bosh's performance, though, was the fact that he shot a whopping zero three-pointers. 

    Instead of settling for deep three-pointers, Bosh stepped a few feet in and shot the ball consistently from 15-18 feet and it made a significant difference in his efficiency and his impact on the game.

    Heat fans certainly hope that this is a step in the right direction for Bosh remembering the kind of productive player he can be.

    Overall Grade: B

Sixth Men

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    Manu Ginobili, SG Spurs

    Manu Ginobili had one of the worst playoff performances of his career. 

    Not only did he account for just five points on 2-of-6 shooting—1-of-4 from beyond the arc—he also only played 18 total minutes. 

    In those 13 minutes Ginobili committed three turnovers, which hurt the Spurs during important stretches of the game.

    It looked like something was up with Ginobili throughout Game 2. He wasn't aggressive on offense and defensively he was falling down every other play. 

    Spurs fans certainly hope that Ginobili's Game 2 performance was just one game and not an indication of how he'll be playing for the rest of the series. 

    Overall Grade: D+

     

    Ray Allen, SG Heat

    Ray Allen's finally found his stroke, with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field and 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc. 

    Most plays, Allen was hanging around the three-point line, positioning himself based on where and when LeBron James would drive into the paint. 

    Once LeBron or any other Heat player dished it to him, he made the Spurs play by knocking down three-balls with impressive efficiency. 

    Defensively Allen was smart and aggressive, which is just the kind of mix the Heat need from him in this series.

    Overall Grade: B

Benches

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    San Antonio Spurs Bench 

    The Spurs didn't get awful production from a few members of their bench, with Corey Joseph and Gary Neal combining for 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field. 

    Aside from those two players though, the Spurs' bench production was lacking—combining for just 14 points on 6-of-18 shooting. 

    The Spurs need more interior production from guys like Boris Diaw and even DeJuan Blair. In Game 2 those guys didn't make use of the Heat's lack of size in the paint, and that was a difference-maker throughout the night.

    There was a Tracy McGrady sighting though, and that's always fun to see.

    Overall Grade: C+

     

    Miami Heat Bench 

    The Heat's bench was bolstered by Ray Allen's 13 points and Chris Andersen's perfect night with nine points on 3-of-3 shooting from the field.

    The Birdman had a solid night in addition to his offensive production, with four rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot in just 14 total minutes.

    Once again, Mike Miller proved to be the most reliable deep option coming off the bench, scoring nine points on 3-of-3 shooting from the field. His production helped keep the Heat's solid second-half run alive and it helped sink the Spurs.

    Miller obviously saves his best for the NBA Finals, and the Heat aren't complaining about that. 

    Overall Grade: B