On Tuesday night, the San Antonio Spurs sent a message to NBA fans across the nation. A second half beat down of the Miami Heat gave the Spurs a 2-1 series edge, but their success in Game 3 came from some unforeseen factors.
Danny Green and Gary Neal stole the show late as San Antonio set an NBA Finals record with 16 three pointers in the win. Green scored 27 points, while Neal added 24 in the victory. The Spurs were seemingly unimpressed by the Heat’s 33-5 run to seal Game 2, outscoring Miami 63-33 in the second half on Tuesday night.
Through three games of these NBA Finals however, the statistics are a bit mind-boggling and the scrutiny surrounding the Heat and their Big Three is well deserved.
Take a look at some of the shocking statistics below:
Through three games:LeBron, Wade, Bosh – 130 pointsGreen, Neal, Leonard – 130 points$46 million in salary difference.
— Brett Poirier NBA (@BrettNBA) June 12, 2013
LeBron made more every 4 games ($855,854) than Gary Neal made all season ($854,389)
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) June 12, 2013
Michael Jordan never scored fewer than 20 points in a Finals game; LeBron James has yet to score 20 points in a 2013 Finals game.
— Sam Smith (@SamSmithHoops) June 12, 2013
The most shocking of them might just be that bottom one. Fans and media members go through that whole LeBron James - Michael Jordan debate and that final statistic is more than telling. James is struggling right now and he’s letting the Spurs dictate his performance.
It’s going to be an interesting to see James responds in Game 4, but there’s no way that these statistics and trends can continue if the Heat expect to hoist the championship trophy next week.
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