The dust from Game 1 of the NBA Finals has finally settled. I think.
After nearly a day of a myriad of “hot takes” after LeBron James was forced out of the game with about four minutes left, and the Heat nursing a two-point deficit, it’s time to finally separate the knee-jerk reactions from the truth.
Or my truth.
Here are a few things that I think I think after Game 1 of the NBA Finals:
- The San Antonio Spurs are just as good, or even better, than last season. I wanted to wait until after Game 1 to really measure that narrative. It’s true.
- Dwyane Wade looks really good, and he’s going to be a difference in this series for the Heat if they can limit Manu Ginobili. If not, then those two kind of cancel each other out.
- Chris Bosh’s added three-point threat is already bothering the Spurs. Bosh hit three of them in Game 1, and even converted one into a four-point play. Good start for him. The Heat need him to continue to stretch the floor.
- Boris Diaw creates havoc. Diaw was a plus-30 in last night’s game and only finished with two points. Amazing. The Spurs need to give him all the croissants that he wants. Eat, Boris.
- Miami might need to give Udonis Haslem some minutes. Tim Duncan ate Chris Bosh alive in Game 1, going 9-for-10 from the field. The Heat are going to need to put at least some sort of resistance against Duncan and the basket. Something better than what Bosh provided in the opening game.
- If LeBron James isn’t bothered by cramps, the Heat probably win Game 1. With 7:24 left in the third quarter, after LeBron’s crazy fadeaway corner 3, you can already begin to see his fatigue. He checks out seconds later during a timeout. At the 3:20 mark of the third, after LeBron misses a transition layup, he begins to limp. After that, he doesn’t attempt to drive to the basket again until the drive against Diaw, which forced him out of the game. LeBron usually plays through the third quarter, if he does the Heat probably have a bigger lead than the four-point lead that they have going to the fourth + LeBron probably gets rest to start the fourth and maybe he can avoid the severe cramps. Maybe.
- To say that the air conditioning issue was fair because both teams had to play in them is false and embarrassing. This is the NBA Finals. These teams aren’t trained to play in 90-plus degree heat. They practice indoors and play games in air-conditioned facilities all year long, however, we expect them to play in basically Texas heat on the biggest stage of them all? Really? C’mon.
- Game 2 should be really interesting.