By Larry GLicken

Tim Duncan told us the San Antonio Spurs, could beat the Heat. I guess that is exactly what they did last night, not only beating the Miami Heat, but beating the Heat inside their arena after the air conditioner failed. Remember one thing, both teams had to play in the same arena. So no excuses for the Miami Heat.

No one had an UN-fair advantage. Players on both sides were hot. The San Antonio Spurs,clearly out-played Miami. It didn’t look like that was going to happen when the game started. The Spurs fell behind early in the 1st period.

Then, the game turned into the Manu Ginobili show. The Spurs found Ginobili open, and he was hitting 3 point shots at will. The Heat had no hopes in stopping him. When Ginobili gets hot, nobody can stop him from scoring.

Ginobili, shot 50% all game long, and finished his night hitting 3 for 6 from 3 point land, and 5 for 10 in shots made below the arc. He scored 16 in the game. It was Tim Duncan who led the Spurs in scoring.

Duncan had 21 points in the game. He said he doesn’t want to lose this time, and he played like he won’t lose. The Spurs out-played the Heat in the paint, San Antonio scored 48 points in the paint and if they continue to take it to the hole, in this series, they will be tough to beat.

The health of Tony Parker, was questionable coming into the finals, but he looked good from where I was sitting. He scored 19 points and had 8 assists and a steal. Was this Parker ankle injury a smoke screen? I don’t know, but he knows when to come alive when needed, and that is all anyone can ask.

This will be a fantastic series. I can’t wait for game 2.


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