Spurs try to drop Heat into unfamiliar 2-0 hole
Heat with LeBron James is 5-0 in Game 2 of playoff series after losing Game 1.
Seattle Times news services
SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs are on an unprecedented postseason roll that not even a boatload of turnovers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals could stop.
They probably ruined Tim Duncan’s hopes of a career change, though.
Duncan wants to be a point guard, coach Gregg Popovich revealed Saturday, a wish that won’t be granted. But Duncan would gladly settle for another championship, and the Spurs would be halfway there by beating Miami on Sunday night in Game 2.
The Spurs have won eight straight postseason home games by 15 or more points, an NBA record, but know as well as anyone that a one-game lead means nothing against the Heat.
“That’s why I think we can’t be satisfied,” point guard Tony Parker said. “Because we were in the same situation and we know they can win here, and so we just have to go out there and play our game and try to win this one.”
LeBron James expects to be fully ready for the Heat, which also dropped the opener last year in the Finals against the Spurs, and in 2012 to Oklahoma City. Miami is 5-0 in series with James when dropping the opener, rebounding to win Game 2 every time.
The Heat was in position to win Game 1 before James departed with cramps. The Spurs committed 23 turnovers that not only led to 28 Miami points but also prevented them from getting the ball more often inside to Duncan.
“No, the only thing Timmy has ever demanded is he wants to play the point and he thinks I’ve held him back,” Popovich said. “True story. He thinks he’s a point guard.”
• Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling still hasn’t signed off on the deal to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer because the NBA won’t revoke its $2.5 million fine and lifetime ban, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations. In another matter, two sources told AP the $2 billion deal allows for up to 10 percent of the team — or $200 million — to be spun off into a charitable foundation that co-owner Shelly Sterling would essentially run.
• Memphis Grizzlies forward James Johnson was arrested for domestic assault and accused of hitting and choking his wife at their home.