Out-rebounded by 9 but Spurs still win... Big problems for Heat?
The media pundits as well as basketball savvy Spurs fans have been preaching the need to win the rebounding battle against the heat if the Spurs are going to win this series. Apparently the Spurs simply don't stand a chance if they cant win the battle of the boards against Miami. But, somehow against all odds and against every prediction from the geniuses who spew their garbage all over ESPN and talk radio, the Spurs were able to win game 1, in Miami, while being out-rebounded by 9.
Could this fact point to an unforeseen problem for the Heat? They were getting rebounds, yes. But most were defensive rebounds. The reason they were getting these rebounds were because the Spurs were missing shots and not turning the ball over. The Heat excel at turning turnovers (haha) into demoralizing dunks on the other end that can not only sway momentum, but lets be real, they count for 2 points and they are pretty high percentage...
Perhaps the secret to winning the game is the same as it is in every major sport... Its not about winning the rebounding battle, its not about playing physical and intimidating the other team, just very simply...Don't turn the ball over! Don't negate your opportunity to score and don't give the other team additional opportunities to score. Obviously other aspects of the game are important and you must play a complete game to win, but lest we forget how important winning the turnover battle is in basketball.
Hmm, turnovers are really important after all... who would have thought? Go ahead 8th grade basketball coaches, take a bow. You were right all along.
The rebounding battle is a piece of the bigger battle for the Spurs against the Heat which is controlling their transition game. Turning defensive rebounds into fast break points is a specialty for the Heat, but fortunately, transition defense has always been a hallmark for Pop coached teams. The other side of that transition battle is avoiding turnovers in which the Spurs were PHENOMENAL. Only 4 TOs the whole game.
One other note, LBJ was huge on the boards with 18 rebounds, but that is bad for the Heat. Bosh needs to be getting those rebounds and throwing the outlet pass to LeBron to spark the break. If I'm Spo, that is the first adjustment I'm making.
They just couldn't protect their painted area.(40 points from the paint) We're going to dig them more in 2nd game.
The other way to look at this is we only turned over 4 times, and yet still barely won by 4.
This game could have gone either way, the Spurs squeaked it out.
Outside of being up by 1 game, there's no indication that the Spurs can "handle" Miami, just that they can play with them.
Long series is far from over.
During the regular season, Sean Elliott and Bill Land’s halftime game analysis always had a comment about turnovers, whether the total was too high or low enough to compete. Sean always preached that when you turn the ball over without getting a viable shot at the rim will always come back to bite you. And turning the ball over too much against a team of the Heat’s caliber, particularly in a playoff scenario, would be like digging a hole you can’t get out of. Looks like 9 days off and a little practice time could be paying dividends.
We lost the rebound battle by strategy -- not that the strategy was to lose the rebound battle, but the strategy was to drop back on defense. They grabbed 6 more defensive rebounds than we did, and we missed 5 more shots than they did. That's the number you'd expect when you're not crashing the offensive glass.
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