Official NBA Finals Game #3 Heat at Spurs Game Thread (Tuesday 8:00)
2012-13 SAN ANTONIO SPURS GAME NOTES
SAN ANTONIO SPURS (58-24, 13-3, 1-1) vs. MIAMI HEAT (66-16, 13-5, 1-1)
TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2013
8:00 P.M. CT
PLAYOFF GAME #17 | NBA FINALS GAME #3 | HOME PLAYOFF GAME #8
TV: ABC | RADIO: WOAI 1200/KCOR 1350 AM
By BRIAN MAHONEY
AP Basketball Writer
SAN ANTONIO (AP) Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili sat in mostly stunned silence, all that playoff experience not preparing them for how they felt after two games.
They were satisfied, yet shaken.
The San Antonio Spurs had taken home-court advantage away from the Miami Heat, but then the reigning champions took them apart.
So as they prepared to bring the NBA Finals back home for the first time in seven years, the veterans struggled with how they were supposed to sum up their situation.
Getting one in South Florida was an accomplishment, but nothing that provided them any momentum after the Heat's 103-84 victory Sunday in Game 2.
"Not after tonight. I think they regained that," Duncan said. "Obviously we were glad to win a game here in Game 1. Our goal was to get two. But they got the one tonight. We get to go back home. We got a game here. We have three at home, so we're excited about that. But if we play like we did tonight, that's not going to matter."
The teams took Monday off, with the series resuming Tuesday night. The Spurs will also host Game 4 on Thursday and Game 5 on Sunday.
The finals were once as much a part of June as the heat in this city deep in the heart of Texas. San Antonio won four titles in a nine-year span starting in 1999, but hasn't hosted a game in the NBA's championship round since the Spurs took a 2-0 lead over LeBron James and Cleveland in 2007.
Here comes James again, needing to win one here - which hasn't been easy for Miami - and not concerned that the finals' 2-3-2 format now gives the advantage to the Spurs.
"It doesn't matter," he said. "Two best teams in the NBA at this point. Both teams have won and can win on each other's floor. So it's not a biggie."
The Heat are just 3-22 in San Antonio, though they did win this year even while James, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers sat out the late-season meeting.
James had no cause for concern after Game 2, which validated his belief that he can depend on his teammates until he gets rolling, as he did late in the third quarter and well into the fourth.
But a little doubt seemed to creep into the Spurs' Big Three, unusual for a group that has been there, done that.
Duncan, Parker and Ginobili have teamed for 99 postseason victories together, second-most in NBA history, a trio that is well aware of how quickly things can change in the playoffs.
They changed really quickly in this series, about the time it took James to turn Tiago Splitter's dunk attempt into a forever finals highlight with a blocked shot.
"Of course if you look at the result, being 1-1, it's not bad. But you don't want to play like this in an NBA Finals," Ginobili said. "You don't want to give them that much confidence, and you feeling bad about yourself."
Duncan was admittedly awful in Game 2, shooting 3 of 13 for nine points. Parker offset his five baskets in 14 attempts with five turnovers, and Ginobili had three of the Spurs' 17 turnovers that led to 19 points.
The Spurs, like every other team in the NBA, know that there's no way to beat the Heat with that kind of ball handling.
"We have to play better. Definitely have to play better," Parker said. "You know, we're playing the defending champs. They're a great team. We knew they were going to come in and play with a lot more energy and play harder. That's what they did tonight.
"So it's always easy to bounce back after a loss, and now it's our turn to see how we're going to handle our loss and how we're going to respond."
Big Three against Big Three provided plenty of buildup to the series, and Ginobili said the Spurs stand little chance of winning if their trio plays poorly.
But James, having seen the Heat not have enough when they were largely just he, Wade and Chris Bosh two years ago, insists his current team is deep enough to do big damage even when it doesn't come from the big names.
"I think the supporting cast is really why both teams are here," James said. "They've been making an impact all year long, and they feel like their supporting cast is better. We feel like our supporting cast is better. It's who goes out and do it each and every night to help seal wins."
The Spurs are shooting just 41 percent and averaging 88 points in the series, perhaps lucky to not be down 2-0. Duncan, the three-time NBA Finals MVP who always seemed to be more reliable the later in the season it was, has made only 11-of-32 shots.
"Obviously, they're contested shots, but they're the shots I feel I can make. So whether it be them or me or whatever it may be, I'm going to get back in the gym tomorrow and hopefully come out with a better stroke," he said. "But I'm getting the shots I want. I just have to knock them down."
Spurs 98, Heat 90. Comfortable, but not a blowout.
I'm gonna be there :rock :rock loud and proud!!!!
IT HAD BEEN SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SOOOOOOOOOO long since Spurs were in the FINALS AT HOME NOW Comes that day!!!!!!
Nothing is sweeter than Spurs win at HOME vs LBJ & CO now!
Can't wait to the Buzzer to start this game.
SPURS will Come up HUGE Game 3 at HOME!!!:smirk :evil
Get Excited! GET MOTIVATED!!!
Pop Game Plan + Home Cooking + Spurs MAD after that Hideous loss in G2 =
SPURS WIN BABY!
Lay it all on the FLOOR!!!
Put the HEAT on the HEAT!!!
I don't care what you have to do but do whatever it takes to get this W!!
Don't Blow It Spurs!!!
FOCUS - EXECUTE - DEFEND HARD!!!!!
LETS Go Spurs Go :rockon
Spurs will come out and play today. In NBA history when an NBA finals has been tied 1-1 the winner of game 3 has won 13 of 14 times (2011 Mavs were the only ones to lose game 3 and go on to win the championship)
We have done a great job to take the paint away from Lebron, now we just need to make sure the role players don't get wide open shots, with a hand in their face they cannot do what they did in game 2.
GO SPURS GO!!!
EVERYONE THAT ATTENDS THE GAME YOU NEED TO BE LOUDER THAN EVER! BLOW THE ROOF OFF OF THE AT&T CENTER!
:banana FireySpurs :banana FireySpurs :banana
GO :spurs GO
Spurs by 1 or more!!!
Now is the time.
Almost game time and stadium nearly empty! WTF
When is Mike Miller going to miss a dang 3 point shot...geesh..driving me insane..
whatahekkkkk helll yeahhhhhh!! take that Miami
great kick in the but...
dang! mcgrady ZERO points trough playoffs
i still got the feling that miami gonna win one in SA, But i hope didnt happend
Great win tonight!! Go Spurs Go!!
Ho. Ly. Hell. That was incredible.
woo hooo!!! :bounce do it again!!! :bounce then one more :bounce
GO :spurs GO!!
That looked painful.
Spurs opened a can of Super Sized Extra Strength WOOP ARSE!:laugh
GREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEN was on FIRE
And Gary NEAL was Da Man!
This win was TREMENDOUS for the Spurs to stay Confident!
For the HEAT it just DEMOLISHES their Ego!
GREAT PUNCH In THE GUT!
GREAT SPURS Win!!!!
Could not be more proud of my Spurs!
TWO MORE WINS!!!LET FINISH THOSE HEAT IN SAN ANTON!!!:drummer
Spurs SUFFOCATING DEFENSE did it!!!!!
LEONARD and GREEN and May Main Man TIAGO & Cory Joseph played awesome D!:banana:banana
LEONARD was a VERY Special player in this game! Anchored both D and Offense...Very impressive indeed.
TEAM DEFENSE is the KEY!!!!
Pop's GAME PLAN Rocks!:rock
GINOBILI was an incredible FACILITATOR and MOMENTUM BUILDER!!!
Manu did not score much, but he played his ARSE off and created such a HAVOC on both ends. He did so many small little things that disrupted other team. He was Great not score wise but Bringing Immediate IMPACT wise!!!:banana
Tim Duncan Played great and was an excellent defender and a very good facilitator....
May Main Man Splitter was very DECENT and VALUABLE in this game!
The only bad thing was seeing TP going to the locker room then we would not know until tomorrow after MRI what is going on with our MVP!!!!:(
Parker Set the Table VERY STRONGLY at the beg of the game that was HUGE in the Spurs making that run all game long. Make no mistake her was doing GREAT when Spurs started the game. Thankfully Cory Joseph did an OUTSTANDING job when TP was out.
Get Well Tony we def need you to finish off STRONG Baby!!!
Let's get ready for anther HOME SWEET HOME Cooking come Thursday! :food
Let's prepare for the ADJUSTMENT that HEAT can brig because frankly I don't see them recover that easily from this demolishing loss. Prepare for the Worst and Hope for the BEST!!!
Stay Confident and Winners Spurs.
Go Spurs Go!
GREAT WIN; PERIOD.
but actually, i think this W kicking arses is better (mentally) for miami than for us; demolished they ego, they can realize that they need to work togheter in order to win...
i prefeer "barely win" ones, because the other team tend to think "a couple more FT" or "2 3pters more" and we won; continue thir work, and kaboom! spurs strike again and again and win series...
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