AT&T CENTER – The San Antonio Spurs took Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals defeating the Miami Heat 110-95 and lead the series 1-0.
Yet despite the 15-point win for San Antonio, the Heat were in the game and even threatened to steal home court advantage as they once took a five point lead in the second half. Miami used their stellar defense to cause the Spurs to turn the ball over 20 times.
After the game, Heat guard Norris Cole spoke with Project Spurs on the loss, positives Miami can take with them into Game 2 and more.
Jeff: Tony Parker headed into Game 1 reportedly not at full strength due to an injured ankle. How did he look out there when you were defending him?
Norris: My motto is if he is out there playing, then he’s 100 percent. I wasn’t looking for him to be hobbling. I wasn’t even looking for that.
It looks like when Miami turned up its defense, that’s when Miami rattled the Spurs. What happened to that defense late third quarter heading into the fourth quarter?
We knew we had to turn it up and create turnovers. That’s part of our DNA. Being disruptive and we were effective tonight. We didn’t make enough plays at the end.
What is a priority for Miami heading into Game 2? Is it defending the three-point line from the Spurs?
Not necessarily. It’s defending the paint first. Most of the Spurs’ threes came from when they collapsed the defense in the paint and then they kicked out for wide open threes.
Although it was a loss for Miami, are there any positives you can take away from this game?
Definitely! We turned them over 25 times. We had good open looks a lot of times. There’s a lot of positives, I mean we were winning the game up until the last 4:33 seconds. So there’s a lot of positives coming out of this game.
With the negatives, we’ll look at them, own up to it and we will rebuild from it.
Game 2 between the Spurs and Heat will be this Sunday in San Antonio.