San Antonio Spurs Out Of Their Element vs. Miami Heat
If the San Antonio Spurs couldn’t take the Heat, they should have stayed out of South Beach on Sunday. Most people love the warm weather in Miami this time of year, but apparently it was a little too warm for the Spurs as they were overpowered in the 113-101 loss to the Miami Heat.
From the tip, an 8-0 run displayed the Heats’ control in every aspect of the game. Despite Dwyane Wade coming off the bench for the first time in four years, the offensive efficiency was too much for the Spurs to keep up with. Chris Bosh going 9-of-10 from the field for 24 points was the prime example of the firepower which San Antonio could not extinguish.
The Spurs were so poor defensively that their only chance was to outscore Miami, but they were extremely short-handed without Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green and Tiago Splitter. Much of the scoring load was laid on Tim Duncan, who finished with a team-high 23 points. Tony Parker finished with just 11 points and looked very uncomfortable forcing the action in the paint. While in the game, Parker seemed to be searching for formidable scoring options, but to no avail.
Marco Belinelli missed wide-open shots on numerous occasions and the Spurs’ bench was nowhere to be found. Boris Diaw seemed like the only player in a Spurs uniform that wasn’t intimidated by the talent of Miami and finished with 15 points. Fans got their second look at Othyus Jeffers, who was recently called up from the NBDL. He did not impact the game whatsoever as he finished with five points in 10 minutes of court time.
Gregg Popovich and the boys will have to shore things up defensively until they can heal up, because the idea of outscoring opponents is a stretch of the imagination right now.