There just wasn’t any way that game two of the 2014 NBA Finals could be as crazy as game one. After the air conditioning and cramp fiasco that blew up the internet, there was nowhere to go but down in terms of miscellaneous storylines. But that doesn’t mean game two wasn’t a better contest from opening tip to final buzzer, because it certainly was.
The San Antonio Spurs desperately needed to go up two games to none. Given last year’s heartbreaking defeat you can’t understate the importance of San Antonio getting the upper hand and defending its home court. Now that the Spurs have failed to do that, it’s all about stealing one on the road for Tim Duncan and company.
Give LeBron James and the Miami Heat credit for coming back strong on Sunday night. After being unable to play down the stretch in game one, James got it going in game two. He started slowly with only two points in the first quarter, but caught fire in the third and fourth to score 35 points and propel Miami to a big road win.
James wasn’t hitting the big shots in the final minutes of game two — he was setting up the big shots. Because he was so locked in, the Spurs had no choice but to double team him. Eventually Chris Bosh got open and hit the game-clinching three.
Playoff series supposedly don’t start until a road team wins a game. Well, consider the 2014 NBA Finals underway.