After a very close game and a three-point loss to Houston Rockets, the inevitable crushing was expected when the San Antonio Spurs were set to face Miami Heat on Saturday. However, the unexpected happened—the Spurs held their own against the Heat with a 90-73 win.
How did this happen when everyone assumed the three-person dynasty of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh would dominate the NBA this season?
A few key components were definitely on the Spurs side.
Although he managed to receive three personal fouls, he led the team in most points, with a total of 13 points. In addition, he led the Spurs with the most rebounds—totalling seven by the end of the game.
His preseason points per game (ppg) average of 12.5 is nearly double his ppg average of his career season from last year, which was only 7.8 ppg. Blair has much to improve if he wants as much recognition as other players on the team, but their is no doubt he’s already on his way to receiving it.
While managing to make 11 points, Jefferson also managed to get a total of five rebounds and two assists. Granted, he isn’t as young as Blair and his numbers from previous years with different franchises prove to be inconsistent, 30-year-old Jefferson can still do some work and help carry his team.
Manu Ginobli and Tony Parker
As the team’s two guards on the court, they only managed to rack up a total of 12 points collectively. However, their six rebounds and 10 assists were just as helpful as anything else they could have done to help the Spurs get their first preseason win.
The Spurs are a good franchise—one that usually makes it to the semifinals every year. They have good, strong players that can do some damage, despite their age in comparison to other players in the NBA.
However, it's doubtful that's what helped them beat the much-hyped Miami Heat. What really helped score them a victory: LeBron James and Chris Bosh spent most of the game on the bench. The third person of Miami's Big Three, Dwyane Wade, sat out his second straight game with a sore right hamstring.