NBA Finals 2014: 5 Ways Miami Heat Must Improve for Game 2

NBA Finals 2014: 5 Ways For Heat To Improve for Game 2

NBA Finals 2014: 5 Ways For Heat To Improve for Game 2
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The Miami Heat fought hard in game one of the 2014 NBA Finals, but ultimately fell short. A big part of that was the fact that LeBron James was sidelined for the final minutes of the game, but there were also a lot of things that Miami could have done to position themselves better to that point. These five areas in particular are where the Heat need to improve in Game 2.

5. Three-Point Defense

5. Three-Point Defense
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5. Three-Point Defense

5. Three-Point Defense
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Though the Spurs’ offense wasn’t completely in full-force due to turnovers, they lit up the Heat on the perimeter, shooting 13-25 from three. In Game 2, Miami has to do a better job of rotating and closing-out on shooters.

4. Better Point Guard Play

4. Better Point Guard Play
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4. Better Point Guard Play

4. Better Point Guard Play
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One of the keys coming into the series for the Heat was the play of both Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole. In game one, the two combined for five points, six assists and seven turnovers on 2-7 shooting from the floor and 1-4 shooting from three. They’ll need to have more of an impact in Game 2.

3. Rashard Lewis/Shane Battier Contributions

3. Rashard Lewis/Shane Battier Contributions
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3. Rashard Lewis/Shane Battier Contributions

3. Rashard Lewis/Shane Battier Contributions
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Shane Battier contributed almost nothing in his 14 minutes on the floor in game one. Lewis put up 10 points, but shot only 4-10 from the floor and 2-6 from three. With role players being key in this series, one or both of these guys have to step up at some time.

2. Capitalize Off Turnovers

2. Capitalize Off Turnovers
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2. Capitalize Off Turnovers

2. Capitalize Off Turnovers
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The Heat forced the Spurs into five more turnovers than they committed themselves, but the points off turnovers battle was decided by just one point. If Miami is going to force turnovers at such a high rate, they have to have to turn it into a distinct advantage by capitalizing off of those turnovers.

1. Dominant LeBron James

1. Dominant LeBron James
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1. Dominant LeBron James

1. Dominant LeBron James
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Before the cramps, LeBron was having a solid outing in game one. He finished with 25 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals on 9-17 shooting. However, he wasn’t overwhelmingly dominant and fully asserting himself. To send a message and get the win in Game 2, that’s the player that he has to be.

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