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MIAMI HEAT VS SAN ANTONIO SPURSTime and Date: Wednesday 12th of June from The AT&T Centre Coverage: LIVE at 11:00 am AEST (See TV Guide for more series times and info) As the series now shifts to San Antonio, Texas, more pressure is applied to win for the Spurs. The Miami Heat came out with a vengeance when their back was against the wall after losing Game 1 at home to the Spurs. They broke the mould and completely mauled San Antonio which forced the hand of Gregg Popovich to call an early night for his starters in Game 2. It was clear from the outset that Miami attempted to play more to their strengths. Dwyane Wade was driving aggressively to the rim with, and LeBron James was finding open jump shooters in Ray Allen, Mario Chalmers, Mike Miller and Chris Bosh, all were efficient from the field. Late in the third quarter the Spurs offensive and defensive assignments had finally been blown apart as they never reached their level of slick play shown in Game 1. The 'Big 3' of San Antonio shot 10-for-33 in Game 2, a mysterious figure to the Spurs as it's not very often that Tony Parker and Tim Duncan shoot below 50% from the field. Tim and Tony only had 22 points combined against the 41 they put on in the series opener. Danny Green an Kawhi Leonard were lone bright spots. Green was lights out nailing 5-for-5 from deep and Leonard stayed true to his solid defense on LeBron James, while also cleaning the glass with 14 rebounds. With credit to the ball hawking team defense of the Miami Heat, San Antonio haven't been able to move the ball in their trademark fashion this entire series. In Game 1 ball movement was low and the turnovers were low, Game 2 saw the Spurs move the rock a whole lot more and instead of creating lanes to the basket and wide open three's they gave fast-break after fast-break to Miami. Australia's own Patty Mills saw eight minutes game time in the 4th quarter, proving how out of hand the game became after there was a close contest nearing the end of the 3rd. The key message the Spurs will take away from Miami is that they went in and achieved a 1-1 split, that's hard to do against the defending champions. With the next three games in San Antonio if they make sure they take things a game at a time, they'll be able to lift the trophy in San Antonio at the conclusion of Game 5, if all goes to plan. As the Spurs you might call this a "must win game", the term that Dwyane Wade threw out a few days ago when describing the Heat's situation down 0-1 in the series. Watch For: Manu Ginobili. If anything is going to get this man going during the series is going to be a little home cooking! With the fans at his back and the Spurs playing at a high tempo, Manu should be more comfortable and ready to play than he was in Game 2 at Miami.
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