In Game 1, San Antonio ran a poised defensive clinic that stifled our leading scorer, allowing him only 14 points. Lebron was 0/7 from the field in the first half and 4/16 from the field overall. Our 7+ ft center, Ilgauskas, was shut down to the likes of a 6’5″ guard playing in the post, with only 2 points the entire game.
While we struggled to find offense, San Anotonio’s Tony Parker had his way. He drove into the paint for layups, ran pick and rolls with Tim Duncan, hit floaters in the lane, and even connected with Elson on a bounce pass between 2 of our defenders for an easy, uncontested dunk.
We played horribly. We were hesitant to take shots. We couldn’t keep Tony in front of us on defense. We never pushed the pace of the game, and we made far too many turnovers.
So, what do we do? Well, here are my suggestions for Game 2:
- Stop Tony Parker from penetrating the lane. He finished the game with 27 points and 7 assists.
- The pick and roll between Parker and Duncan is brutal, and that alone could eliminate us early in this series. Find a stop for it…quick.
- Lebron needs to attack the basket and get Bowen in early foul trouble. This will free him up, allowing him to get into an offensive flow before the 2nd half. He has to be the high point man at the end of the game.
- Daniel Gibson needs to start the game and be responsible for guarding Tony Parker. He finished Game 1 with 16 points in 27 minutes. He’s a good defender, and we could really use his quick offensive spark at the onset of the game. Not to take anything away from Larry, but he is hurt.
- We need more fast break opportunities. That’s our kill. Get the defensive rebound and push the ball up the floor.
Really, just settle down Cavs and play your game. We know this is your 1st NBA Finals appearance, and it’s new territory. We’re behind you 100%.
If you have any other suggestions for the Cavs in Game 2, and would like to contribute to the list, please do so below.
2007 NBA Finals: Game 1 | Cavs @ Spurs | June 6, 2007 | 76-85, L