Wade, who contributed 10 points and six assists, had his turns on Parker, as did Norris Cole. They wouldn’t let Parker turn the corner with his usual panache. The Spurs made 16 turnovers after committing only four in Game 1.
“They were really aggressive on the pick-and-rolls, and I just have to take better care of the basketball,” Parker said. “If we can keep our turnovers under 10, that would be good because when we turn it over it’s a fast break for them.”
Manu Ginobili made uncharacteristic fumbles and has yet to hit his stride.
“They had better hands, were more active, made us run more,” he said. “Our rotations were late. It was Miami who turned it on.”
Danny Green was a problem for Miami. He nailed all six of his shots, and his five three-pointers made without a miss set a Finals record. and was crushing the Heat each time it tried to pull away. He blocked a James shot and slid by James with a baseline move. But he, too, went silent in a brief fourth quarter, pulled after the Heat went ahead by 24 points and the game caved in.
“They always tell me to be more aggressive and be more of a leader and that’s what I’m trying to do,” Chalmers said.
The Heat’s shifting matchups threw a wrench into the Spurs’ machine. Heat defense generated offense, which has been and has to be the core game plan for Miami to “play to its identity,” as Spoelstra likes to say. No team is going to outthink the Spurs, who know each other so well and adapt to Popovich’s stratagems with calm confidence.
It will be a long week in San Antonio. Miami’s guards must keep dictating the narrative if they want to win a second straight title. Wade can’t fade out. Miami’s game flows from its backcourt. In Game 2, Chalmers made big waves.