Dear basketball gods, give us five more games. Please.
The Miami Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs 98-96 in game two of the NBA Finals. Catching a rocket pass from LeBron James, Chris Bosh hit a timely three pointer with 1:18 left in the game to put Miami up 95-93. The Spurs would never lead the rest of the way. Bosh added 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting.
LeBron James steered the ship for Miami — scoring 35 points, grabbing 10 rebounds on 14-of-22 shooting. He hit Jordan-esque mid-range jumpers, steamrolled past defenders and completed the pass of the night to help Miami go up two with 1:18 remaining. The cramp-gate jokes were gone and the meme creators didn’t have any material tonight either. Let’s move on to highlights.
Chris Bosh and Tim Duncan Dunk-fest
Chris Bosh and Tim Duncan each had momentum changing dunks in the first half. Duncan threw a down a one-hand put back. Bosh ran through the lane for a two hand slam.
Tim Duncan All-Time Playoff Double-Doubles
In the third quarter of Game 2, he recorded his 157th playoff double-double, which matches the all-time record set by Magic Johnson. Congratulations to him. My two cents: I don’t think Tim Duncan is underrated or forgotten about on an all-time scale. He’s universally accepted as a top ten player in history.
LeBron James’s Third Quarter
Let’s talk about LeBron James more. In the third quarter, the Spurs and Heat combined for 69 points. It was a display of impeccable passing, scoring and superstar plays. James scored 14 points in the third. Watch the shooting display below.
Chris Bosh In The Corner
As soon as I saw LeBron throw the whip pass to Bosh, I knew it was over. James will make that pass 100-out-of-100 times. He’s so unselfish.
Flopping and Danny Green post game comments
There were multiple flops during the game. Wade flopped when Ginobili was near him the second quarter. Ginobili flopped in the fourth. Life goes on. I am not angry when I watch a basketball player flop. If a player knows a ref is going to call it, they are going to continue to do it. Go cry somewhere and don’t watch if it offends you.
Danny Green did something really funny on Instagram yesterday. He posted a picture of him drinking water and saying “gotta stay hydrated.” A subtle, funny shot at James who cramped up in Game one.
However, Green will live with the shots James was making. “I mean, they were contested jumpers,” Green said. “You’re not going to block his jump shot. He’s 6-9 and he’s pretty athletic. So you’ve got to live with contested jumpers. But, the little other mistakes we made defensively and offensively where we could have got some better shots, you know we can fix those.”