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NBA Finals 2014: 5 Ways San Antonio Spurs Must Improve for Game 2

5 Ways Spurs Can Improve for Game 2

5 Ways Spurs Can Improve for Game 2
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The San Antonio Spurs are up 1-0 in the 2014 NBA Finals after their 110-95 win over the Miami Heat. Especially late in the fourth quarter with LeBron James on the sideline with cramps, the Spurs looked quite good. However, there’s always room to improve. These are five ways in which San Antonio can look to improve in Game 2.

5. Defending Chris Bosh on Perimeter

5. Defending Chris Bosh on Perimeter
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5. Defending Chris Bosh on Perimeter

5. Defending Chris Bosh on Perimeter
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Able to stretch the Spurs’ defense, Bosh got the bulk of his 18 points on the perimeter with 5-9 shooting outside of the paint and 3-4 shooting from three. That’s a big factor for the Heat, but the task for San Antonio is finding a way to negate Bosh’s attack on the perimeter.

4. Staying With Ray Allen

4. Staying With Ray Allen
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4. Staying With Ray Allen

4. Staying With Ray Allen
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While Ray Allen didn’t have a monstrous night with just 3-8 shooting from three, he was 6-12 from the floor, did score 16 points, and actually just failed to convert on some open looks. Allen’s not going to miss that many open looks going forward, so the Spurs must do a better job of keeping tabs on the veteran.

3. Boris Diaw Scoring

3. Boris Diaw Scoring
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3. Boris Diaw Scoring

3. Boris Diaw Scoring
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Diaw contributed all over the box score in his 33 minutes of play, but scored just two points on only 1-5 shooting. Though it didn’t necessarily hurt them in game one, the Spurs are going to need Diaw going forward as a scoring weapon, or at least more of one than he was in the first contest.

2. Adjusting Passing Patterns

2. Adjusting Passing Patterns
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2. Adjusting Passing Patterns

2. Adjusting Passing Patterns
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One of the things that makes the Spurs’ offense so great and dynamic is the way they’re able to move the ball. However, it seemed like the Heat were able to jump a lot of those passing lanes in game one, largely due to their familiarity with San Antonio. The Spurs should look to tweak those patterns going forward to keep Miami on their toes.

1. Limiting Turnovers

1. Limiting Turnovers
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1. Limiting Turnovers

1. Limiting Turnovers
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Along with adjusting their offense comes the fact that the Spurs have to limit their turnovers in Game 2. Though it was uncharacteristic, San Antonio turned the ball over 22 times in game one, their starters combining for 18 of them. They have to find a way to cut down on those in Game 2.