In what will be remembered as one of the ultimate “what if” games in recent memory, the Spurs (eventually) took care of what they could control and dominated the Heat in LeBron James’s absence.
Reminder: Miami has won 12 consecutive playoff games following a loss. The last time they lost back-to-back games was in 2012 ECF vs. BOS.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 6, 2014
Although the absence of LeBron did play a part in the Spurs’ fourth quarter run, it didn’t tell the whole story—and the Spurs should be given credit where credit is due.
While the media has already blown up that part of the game out of proportion, San Antonio has diligently prepared for what looks to be a heated (too soon?) Game 2.
If the Spurs hope to buck this trend and head into Miami with a 2-0 series lead, they will have to make to the following adjustments.