NBA defenses are so sophisticated now. You don't want to give them a chance to get fully established. When we played Miami in the Finals, we knew that if we called any plays we were doomed. We had to play faster than that. Popovich really pioneered a lot of that. There is a pendulum on a lot of these things, but I really don't see faster offense going away." - Rick Carlisle
41 Spurs points in the first quarter. Boris Diaw started over Tiago Splitter for more ball movement, and that opened up the alley for the Spurs' two shooters. Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green finally clicked. Spurs really wanted to break the game open early. The Heat didn't give up (much to the relief of DTTF), adjusted and made a good third quarter rally. But in the end, the lead was just too unsurmountable for the Heat to overcome. Spurs stole one in Miami and got back their home court advantage. 2-1, baby! Okay, 2-1 means nothing yet, but Game 4 is a must-win now for the Heat.
It's countermove after countermove. The Spurs found success with Diaw at the starting lineup, and they should let him stay there. But, what will the Heat do next? I call for Shane Battier for 3 and, most importantly, D! Rashard Lewis was great shooting the treys in Game 3, and that masks the defense that is lacking on the other end. Will they change the starting lineup? Or will they just change player rotations?
Coach Pop got into Kawhi Leonard with not settling in his so-so performance in the first two games, and he got aggressive from the get-go. He shot great from long range and had decent defense on LeBron James. Danny Green, on the other hand, saw how he was tightly defended on the perimeter, and so he played to the basket more.
Notable filler picks for Game 4 are Diaw, Kawhi and Green. Although I'd hold Green for Game 5 (except if you have Bosh for Game 5). My pick for Game 4 is Ray Allen, for no other reason than he's my best remaining Heat available.
May you find the gem you've been looking for in the DTTF Finals.