- Chris Bosh was heavily underutilized this game.
Although Bosh was a perfect four-for-four from the field in 34 minutes, he didn’t make any impact on the game.
True, he was plagued with foul trouble for most of the game, but he still managed to play 34 minutes. That’s more time on the floor than Tim Duncan, Parker, and Danny Green, yet he seemed invisible. This stat tells it all:
Chris Bosh Touches Game 1: 39 Game 2: 40 Game 3: 12 — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 11, 2014
Bosh is such an important cog in the Heat’s “spread and shred” offense, but in Game 3 the ball avoided him much in the same manner as Spurs Coach Pop avoids answering questions.
Luckily for the Heat, Lewis shot well again (five-of-seven overall, four-of-five from three), so he seemingly took some of Bosh’s slack. Expect to see an effective Bosh who actually touches the ball in Game 4.
- LeBron and Wade combined for 12 of Miami’s 20 turnovers.
As much as these two have the ball in their hands, this was an outlier night for them in regards to coughing up the ball.
Kawhi made LeBron work for everything and, with the exception of the first quarter, he flustered him into a below average game for the greatest player in the world.
LeBron is going to play Game 4 with a head full of steam, so don’t expect 7 turnovers again from him.
As well as the Spurs shot, the turnovers didn’t really give the Heat too much of a chance as they basically were spoon feeding the Spurs offense.
The Heat will likely have one of their patented bounce back games, and it’ll start with them taking care of the ball.
- Boris Diaw is a game changer for San Antonio.
Much like in Games 1 and 2, Diaw led the Spurs with a plus/minus of plus-20.
Spurs have outscored Heat by 45 points in this series with Boris Diaw on the floor. He was +20 in Game 3
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 11, 2014
The best part about Diaw’s game is how he is always keeps opposing defenses on their feet.
Most of the time after he catches a pass, he isn’t getting into a fundamental triple-threat possession. Instead, he’s immediately putting the ball on the floor in an effort to put defenders on skates and force the Heat defenders to rotate.
This simple tendency has certainly helped open up San Antonio’s offense and helped initiate their ball movement.
Diaw played a lot in Game 3 (37:17 minutes), but he’ll surely be back in the starting lineup to counter Miami’s use of Rashard Lewis at the 4-spot.
- The Spurs dominated in the paint.
San Antonio made its fair share of threes (nine), but the reason they won this game so handily was because they won the battle in the paint.
The team that has won the Points in the Paint Margin has won 7 of the 9 #NBAFinals games between the Heat & the Spurs since last year
— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) June 10, 2014
Just like in their Game 1 victory, the Spurs scored 48 points in the paint. In comparison with their Game 2 loss, the Spurs only scored a paltry 34 points.
At halftime, the Spurs were an efficient 14-for-18 in the paint and were living at the free throw line, a stark contrast from their performance in Game 2.
Heck, five of Green’s field goals were either layups or floaters. If Green is finishing in the lane, then you know that your team is going to have a good game in the lane.
For the Spurs offense to run at its highest possible efficiency, they must make a concerted effort to attack the rim. This will open up their shooters and make the Heat pay for running San Antonio off the three-point line.
Miami will make their adjustments, but the Spurs must continue to attack the small-ball lineups that the Heat love to use.