San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat go into Game 2 of the NBA Finals 2013 with the Spurs already overturning the Heat's home advantage, having beaten the Heat in Miami in Game 1. However, expect the Heat to come back strongly tonight, and they will be desperate not to fall 2-0 down.
Already this is a pivotal game in the series for both teams; if the Spurs can establish a 2-0 lead, beating Miami twice on the road, then they will surely be huge favorites to win the title. However, if Miami can turn momentum back their way tonight they will have renewed confidence in the series as things go to San Antonio for Game 3.
Game 1 was an extremely tight affair with the Spurs eventually winning through by a score of 92-88. The Heat looked like they were in reasonable control for three quarters, but all credit to the Spurs, they never allowed Miami to pull away and create any kind of lead. Then as the game moved towards the climax, Tony Parker performed yet another master class to steal away the win.
The Spurs will want their defense to keep up the intensity tonight; keeping the Heat to just 88 points was a major factor in them being able to win Game 1, and they must do the same tonight to have any chance of winning again.
Looking at the stats, it is actually quite amazing that the Heat lost Game 1; they shot 48.3 percent from the field through the first three quarters, compared to the Spurs shooting just 42.0 percent through the game. Despite those stats, heading into the final quarter the Spurs were still only three points behind.
Expect tonight to be just as tight, but with the Heat ramping things up even another notch to try and make sure they don't fall further behind in the series.
Spurs vs Heat in Game 2 starts at 8 p.m. ET and can be watched online through live stream by clicking here.