Spurs, Heat are look­ing for bounce­back ef­forts in Game 2 tonight

The Progress-Index - - FRONT PAGE - By Tim Reynolds

Gregg Popovich and Erik Spoel­stra have co­pi­ous amounts of cham­pi­onship jew­elry in their pos­ses­sions, and their teams com­mit­ting to the level of de­fense nec­es­sary to win in the post­sea­son is a ma­jor rea­son why that’s the case.

Vastly im­proved de­fense will be what both coaches de­mand — or at least hope for — on Mon­day.

Popovich’s San An­to­nio Spurs just didn’t have enough an­swers for Golden State in Game 1 of their Western Con­fer­ence se­ries, and Spoel­stra’s Mi­ami Heat of­fered Philadelphia ab­so­lutely no re­sis­tance in a se­cond-half melt­down that opened their East­ern Con­fer­ence se­ries. The War­riors and 76ers are both look­ing to take 2-0 leads when those matchups re­sume on their re­spec­tive home floors.

“We un­der­stand that we are not fa­vorites,” San An­to­nio’s Manu Gi­no­bili said. “We are un­der­dogs. We talked about it, and to get a win here, we’ve got to over­achieve. We’ve got to do bet­ter than we think we can do, even. So we’ll fight as hard as we can in Game 2.”

That will have to be a mantra for both the Spurs and the Heat.

The Spurs al­lowed Golden State to shoot 54 per­cent in what be­came a 113-92 play­off-open­ing win for the de­fend­ing NBA champions. Game 1 in Philadelphia was even more one-sided, as the 76ers closed the game on a 74-40 run in what ended up as a 130-103 rout — the most points that any Heat team has al­lowed in any post­sea­son game.

“We have to learn from it,” Mi­ami guard Dwyane Wade said. “It’s a se­v­engame se­ries. They beat our butt in the first one. But at the end of the day, they’re up 1-0 no mat­ter which way they did it. We def­i­nitely have to make ad­just­ments. We can’t go into the game say­ing, ‘Oh, they’re not go­ing to make those shots again.’”


Golden State War­riors’ Klay Thomp­son shoots against the San An­to­nio Spurs dur­ing the first half Satur­day in Oak­land, Calif., in Game 1 of a firstround play­off se­ries.

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