| || ||
NBA Finals -- Spurs gun for commanding 2-0 lead
By Rodene Ivan B. Cortes
Mon, 10 Jun 2013
MIAMI -- Whatever happens in tomorrow's Game 2 of these NBA Finals, the San Antonio Spurs will go home to Texas with homecourt advantage. But the Spurs aren't satisfied just yet, they want a double steal at the American Airlines Arena and put a stranglehold of this best-of-7 series.
And if you are a Spurs fans, you should be giddy at your team's chances. Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is 20-3 all-time in best-of-7 series when his team wins Game 1, reports The Miami Herald. Pop's 87 percent clip is trailing only Phil Jackson and Red Auerbauch among coaches with 15 NBA seasons under their belt.
After winning a thrilling Game 1, 92-88, the Spurs look to put the Miami Heat on their heels. Games 3, 4 and 5 will be in San Antonio next week and if the Heat there with a 2-0 deficit, their title defense aspirations will be in serious jeopardy.
But beating Miami twice won't be easy. The Heat haven't lost back-to-back games since January 10 and they have the game's ultimate equalizer -- four-time MVP LeBron James. After falling short despite a triple-double in Game 1, the King is expected to have a monster Game 2.
"He knows more than all of you put together. He's a great player and his decisions are what they are," Popovich told reporters yesterday, defending James' decision to be more of a facilitator than a scorer. LeBron took only 16 of his 78 field goals in Game 1. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh combined for 26 shots.
There is no guarantee if the Spurs can contain James two meetings in a row, but if they rebound the basketball, shoot well from the field and limit their turnovers, Game 2 could spell another victory.(RIC)
Photos: PhilBoxing.com com writer Rodene Ivan Cortes joins the interview session with Tracy McGrady (below) while the rest of the Spurs practice for Sunday night's Game 2 of the NBA Finals. (top)
Click here to view a list of other articles written by Rodene Ivan B. Cortes.
Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:
|TRAINER OF 'CHOCOLATITO' GONZALEZ CONFIRMS THE WBC FLYWEIGHT CHAMPION IS AT HIS BEST|
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Fri, 09 Oct 2015PACQUIAO INSPIRES LADON TO STUNNING UPSET OF MEXICAN NO.1 JOSELITO VELAZQUEZ
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Fri, 09 Oct 2015PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS ON NBCSN FIGHTER MEDIA WORKOUTS QUOTES
By , Fri, 09 Oct 2015Ronda Rousey -- I Could Forgive Bieber ... But There's a Catch (VIDEO)
By , Fri, 09 Oct 2015CATCH A GLIMPSE OF PRINCE ALBERT PAGARA AND DONNIE NIETES’ OPPONENTS ON ‘THE MAIN EVENT’ OVER PBO-SKY CABLE ON SATURDAY AT 8:30 P.M.
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Fri, 09 Oct 2015GENNADY GOLOVKIN VS. DAVID LEMIEUX FINAL MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL TRANSCRIPT
By , Fri, 09 Oct 2015JAMES DEGALE & LUCIAN BUTE TWO-CITY, TWO-COUNTRY KICKOFF PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES FOR NOV. 28
By , Fri, 09 Oct 2015Camp Notes: Ahmed Elbiali To Face Ferenc Albert, Talks Training Camp And More
By , Fri, 09 Oct 2015JOSEPH "JO JO" DIAZ JR. TO HEADLINE A NIGHT FULL OF BOXING SET TO HIT FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO ON OCTOBER 23, LIVE ON ESTRELLA TV'S BOXEO ESTELAR
By , Fri, 09 Oct 2015UNDEFEATED MEXICAN FIGHTER PEDRO CAMPA TO MAKE HIS U.S. DEBUT AGAINST MIGUEL ANGEL HUERTA AT THE NOVEMBER 6 EDITION OF LA FIGHT CLUB
By , Fri, 09 Oct 2015Boxer Victor Ortiz -- Pleads Not Guilty In Country Music Beatdown
By , Fri, 09 Oct 2015Sullivan Barrera "Beterbiev's trainer knew to avoid me"
By , Fri, 09 Oct 2015Fight Network LIVE this Weekend - ONE: Tigers of Asia, RFA 31, M-1 Challenge 62 & Enfusion 32
By , Fri, 09 Oct 2015LADON SCORES SENSATIONAL UPSET BEATING NO. 1 SEED AND TWO-TIME PAN-AM GAMES CHAMPION JOSELITO VELASQUEZ ALTMIRANO
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Thu, 08 Oct 2015PACQUIAO AND POLITICS (PART II)
By Maloney L. Samaco, Thu, 08 Oct 2015Can anyone stop undefeated prospect Gray?
By , Thu, 08 Oct 2015ONE: TIGERS OF ASIA OFFICIAL WEIGH-IN RESULTS
By , Thu, 08 Oct 2015NBA -- Wizards catch fire in second half, cruise past Sixers
By Roel Vera, Thu, 08 Oct 2015NIETES AND VILORIA BOTH LOOK IMPRESSIVE IN SPARRING
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Thu, 08 Oct 2015Daniel Jacobs vs. Peter Quillin Press Conference Quotes and Photos Ahead Of Dec. 5 Clash On SHOWTIME
By , Thu, 08 Oct 2015Fiba’s fairness questioned
By Recah Trinidad, Thu, 08 Oct 2015COUSINS, GRIFFIN, LOWRY, OLADIPO, PAUL, SMART, WALKER HEADLINE NBA GLOBAL GAMES 2015-16
By , Thu, 08 Oct 2015NBA -- Mcdermott, Butler lead Bulls past Bucks, 105-95
By Kevin Gonzalez, Thu, 08 Oct 2015MANNY PACQUIAO EN ROUTE TO DOHA TO PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR TWO FILIPINO BOXERS AT WORLD BOXING CHAMPIONSHIPS
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Thu, 08 Oct 2015