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Erik Spoelstra pushes all the right buttons | NBA Finals Game 2 analysis

  • Опубліковано 4 чер 2023
  • What adjustments did the Miami Heat make to win Game 2 of the NBA Finals in Denver? How did they attack Nuggets and score so efficiently? This film room study details Coach Erik Spoelstra's adjustments in Game 2 -- including inserting Kevin Love into the starting lineup to go bigger -- Jimmy Butler's playmaking, and Bam Adebayo actions that freed up shooters like Duncan Robinson.
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    SUPER SAMMICH 4 місяці тому +4602

    It's crazy to think that a 34 year old Kevin Love in his 15th season was the key to a playoff win... because of his defense.

    • taXicity
      taXicity 4 місяці тому +477

      It's just the size man, he really doesn't need to be a spring chicken to execute this strategy. That's the brilliance of it all.

    • Mr.E
      Mr.E 4 місяці тому +412

      Geez he's only 34? It feels like he's been in the league forever

    • MikiMiki
      MikiMiki 4 місяці тому +242

      I think he improved a lot after going to the cavs, now he is a decent defender, he reads passes, contest at the right moment, and stay with his man

    • M D
      M D 4 місяці тому +142

      if you think about it befits him because we forget love's brilliant defense against curry during cle vs gsw finals.

    • Dalo 1
      Dalo 1 4 місяці тому +74

      ​@Mr.E haha i think he looks a bit older because of his grey hair

  • K T
    K T 4 місяці тому +1525

    Kevin Love, Al Horford, and Brooke Lopez. It’s been so great to watch these guys come back in the late stages of their career, make the changes they needed to, and continue to play well.

    • Chauvin Took a knee 4blm
      Chauvin Took a knee 4blm 4 місяці тому +27

      I think only love had a comeback. Other 2 just adapted with no drop-off

    • K T
      K T 4 місяці тому +132

      @Chauvin Took a knee 4blm Brooke Lopez’s career was almost done because of foot injuries when he was in Brooklyn. Al Horford was traded to the Sixers, forgotten, and his game was regressing. They’re both doing much better man

    • Chauvin Took a knee 4blm
      Chauvin Took a knee 4blm 4 місяці тому +18

      @K T he wasn't forgotten in sixers. Sixers just sucked and bad fit. Brook was great in la before bucks. He furthered himself on bucks what he did in LA

    • Andre G
      Andre G 4 місяці тому +14

      because they can all stretch the floor.. The Zellers and DJs of the world are going extinct..

    • Miki Vatrogasac
      Miki Vatrogasac 4 місяці тому +2

      Jeff Green in Nuggets' rotation too

  • Muhaqqiqin
    Muhaqqiqin 4 місяці тому +2235

    While Miami have to deal with Jokic, Denver have to deal with Erik Spoelstra. That's show how great and important Spo is to the team.

    • Chauvin Took a knee 4blm
      Chauvin Took a knee 4blm 4 місяці тому +15

      Jimmy overrated AF

    • Tuvok Shakur
      Tuvok Shakur 4 місяці тому +163

      @Chauvin Took a knee 4blm no

    • Chauvin Took a knee 4blm
      Chauvin Took a knee 4blm 4 місяці тому +15

      @Tuvok Shakur yes he is. His team been carrying him

    • Sean Dooley
      Sean Dooley 4 місяці тому +22

      Lol. Miami shot 55% from 3 and won by 3, assisted greatly by two blown calls in the 4th that amounted for 5 points for the Heat. But sure.

      PG 13PACERNATION 4 місяці тому +56

      Heat defenders making life TOUGH on Jamal Murray, Michael Porter Jr and Kentavious Caldwell Pope 🥶
      Coach Spoelstra adjusted well. They let JOKIC score and clamped everybody else. Brilliant gameplan.
      The Denver Nuggets are winless in these playoffs when Joker drops 40+ points 😮

  • Huesteus
    Huesteus 4 місяці тому +1058

    Hoop fans have got to be hyped seeing cognitive team basketball both ways, counter after counter, so much detail

    • S G H
      S G H 4 місяці тому +91

      Legit like a boxing match. This finals is the real deal, thankfully we have 2 well coached teams and team players. no super teams thank god...

    • McFuckin AnotherAccount
      McFuckin AnotherAccount 3 місяці тому +20

      legit bro, a beautiful series, pure team basketball being played

    • Don Solo
      Don Solo 3 місяці тому +8

      Watching the heats zone is so much fun when they execute. So unique in the NBA

    • Firmly Grasp IT
      Firmly Grasp IT 3 місяці тому +29

      Yet the only thing these basketball "fans" are talking about on the internet is that it doesn't feel like the NBA finals and that the ratings are bad. It's pathetic.

    • thunderb00m
      thunderb00m 3 місяці тому +1

      @S G H yeah but even "super teams" like warriors were fun to watch.

  • LouisD69
    LouisD69 4 місяці тому +355

    Kevin Love really left a 4-seed Cavs for an 8-seed because he wanted playtime, and found himself in the Finals as a major contributor. That's Big D Energy.

    • Hermes Bouza
      Hermes Bouza 3 місяці тому +44

      That's right... Big Defensive Energy. 🙃

    • Alfred Ramirez
      Alfred Ramirez 3 місяці тому +17

      If you watch hoops at all; you know Love and Lowry were great additions to this Heat roster

    • 99
      99 3 місяці тому +3

      Thought love got waived?

    • S_AME
      S_AME 3 місяці тому +1

      ​@99 He was bought out by the Heat.

    • Ace Almighty
      Ace Almighty 3 місяці тому +3

      @99he asked for a buyout so that he could come to Miami

  • Jamac Adem
    Jamac Adem 4 місяці тому +1138

    That heat zones isn’t the typical zone, it’s chaotic but they communicate and execute very well, can’t wait for game 3

    • Clean Music Lover
      Clean Music Lover 4 місяці тому +42

      It's more like the Amoeba defense

    • marlow.e ncna
      marlow.e ncna 4 місяці тому +27

      Yeah its HeatZone with 80ft ball pressure.

    • Javier Landaverde
      Javier Landaverde 4 місяці тому +42

      People have to absolutely respect more two way superstars!! As much as people have been praising Jokic which he deserves all the praise. You saw how MIA really exposed him on defense. A lot of PnR and Jokic inability tor run out to the perimeter to contest 3 and inability to athletically get to the rim to get a block was present. On the other hand, Jimmy Butler whose been very underpreciated drastically turned it up in the 4th stopping and contesting Murray, making clutch shots and most importantly making high IQ dimes to get his team the deserved win.

    • Javier Landaverde
      Javier Landaverde 4 місяці тому +29

      For people to go at MPJ and KCP. If you see some of these clips. Jokic has to be the help defender switching off whenever Struss or Vincent peel out to the 3 but because Jokic is limited on defense or a liability he can't run out to the shooters. Basically Malone is doing what he criticize Lakers AD. Jokic just sags off and becomes a free safety defender to diminish any liability he has on defense all while his teammates have to work harder to make up for Jokic and also Murray on defense.

    • Chauvin Took a knee 4blm
      Chauvin Took a knee 4blm 4 місяці тому

      @Clean Music Lover what's that

  • Jamie Gaskins
    Jamie Gaskins 3 місяці тому +80

    Eric Spolestra is single-handedly making NBA fans appreciate coaching

    • bornana gaming
      bornana gaming 3 місяці тому +3

      Coach Pop?

    • Harris Freedman
      Harris Freedman 3 місяці тому

      Players win not coaches, Spo is no different than any coaches

    • Jamie Gaskins
      Jamie Gaskins 3 місяці тому +2

      @Harris Freedman nah. Players take the shots. No disrespect to the players at all

  • Adi Kumar
    Adi Kumar 4 місяці тому +1090

    I swear this mfer Spo can win any game against any team. Bro is such a crazy good coach

    • Cryptum404
      Cryptum404 4 місяці тому +49

      Jimmy is MJ’s long lost son tbh

    • Walz
      Walz 4 місяці тому +17

      @Cryptum404 He literally missed the dagger last night what are u saying

    • Cryptum404
      Cryptum404 4 місяці тому +82

      @Walz they won the game. Wins are wins

    • shishbish
      shishbish 4 місяці тому +65

      @Walzmj has missed shots

    • Dan Showlund
      Dan Showlund 4 місяці тому +7

      I dunno man, maybe. He’s good, for sure. But if he’s so great why were they the 8 seed? I think it’s more catching fire at the right time combined with a bunch of guys who are extreme, almost vicious competitors. They’re a great story either way and I’ll be happy if they pull it off.

  • Barsh575
    Barsh575 3 місяці тому +84

    As a Denver fan, Spo is a meastro. He elevates all his players to their best selves with real tangible adjustments.

  • Dennis Godman
    Dennis Godman 4 місяці тому +416

    Kevin Love’s return is huge simply off the strength of being a decent/good big to play alongside Bam when Denver has Jokic/Gordon out there (which is a lot of minutes)

    • Mr.E
      Mr.E 4 місяці тому +19

      It's funny how when the heat get an old champion vet like that, they make the finals. Iggy in 2020, Love in 2023

    • N T
      N T 4 місяці тому +6

      This. With Love in, Denver has to respect his ability to rebound, sending more players to crash the boards thus slowing them down in transition.

    • KlkRandyyy
      KlkRandyyy 3 місяці тому +2

      It’s funny that the media was complaining about the heats size issue but I was always saying that they should utilize Love more. They do and here’s what happened.

    • Eric Orenciada from Dabaw City
      Eric Orenciada from Dabaw City 3 місяці тому

      ​@KlkRandyyyyeah, with Love, I never saw Gordon backing him up.

  • Mike Oxlong
    Mike Oxlong 4 місяці тому +274

    Denvers mental lapses were also key. KCP two clear fouls on 3pt attempts and Jeff Green allowing Kyle Lowry to get an offensive rebound (which led to a Duncan Robinson 3) were absolutely inexcusable

    • Jummy Ran
      Jummy Ran 4 місяці тому +15

      I was for the nuggs at first but ever since Aaron Gordon spoke crap I think the heat will destroy the nuggs now.

    • othBBfan
      othBBfan 3 місяці тому +22

      KCP has been such a non factor this series i honestly forgot he was on the floor until he started fouling 3pt shooters.

    • On The Rocks
      On The Rocks 3 місяці тому

      @othBBfan 😂😂😂

    • John Smith
      John Smith 3 місяці тому +1

      Yup, very frustrating to watch

    • jtaustinmusic
      jtaustinmusic 3 місяці тому +6

      Three. Three inexplicable wrong calls in the 4th, Jokic said it in game... Three bad calls in a row?

  • Alan King Chiu
    Alan King Chiu 4 місяці тому +231

    Love was such an under appreciated signing for the Heat.

    • Emmanuel
      Emmanuel 3 місяці тому +2

      Oh he didn’t sign with the heat he was traded there😊

    • GosuR6
      GosuR6 3 місяці тому +1

      @Emmanuel nah

    • Edward King
      Edward King 3 місяці тому +15

      ​@Emmanuel He signed with the heat after he agreed a contract buyout with the cavaliers.

    • Ogol Osric
      Ogol Osric 3 місяці тому +2

      I don't think his under appreciated in the Heat maybe you are reffering to his ex-team the reason they don't mind losing him and now in denial that his doing great with his new team

    • Yellow Mamba
      Yellow Mamba 3 місяці тому +3

      Love used to be a monster on the Twolves, a legit 20/20 threat. then he morphed into a charge taking machine and solid 3 ball shooter. miami picked up love and lowry, two excellent charge drawers; couple that with jimmy, bam, i'm just beginning to realize how frustrating it must be to play against this team, their defense is suffocating

  • SkiBikeRunAK
    SkiBikeRunAK 3 місяці тому +27

    You are such a great teacher. My wife understands the game at a deep level now, and you've increased my understanding of NBA offence and defense imenensly Thanks!

  • Conner Wilkinson
    Conner Wilkinson 4 місяці тому +514

    I think my biggest takeaway from this video is that MPJ goofed a lot

    • Vivienne Duong
      Vivienne Duong 3 місяці тому +40

      He told his cousin to put 2 millions on Miami to win the game. Next game, he will ball as usual.

    • John Smith
      John Smith 3 місяці тому +15

      And that the refs missed a bunch of fouls

    • g_superson1c
      g_superson1c 3 місяці тому +7

      he’s been so unbelievably bad in the first two games 😕

    • Jake Torcasio
      Jake Torcasio 3 місяці тому +3

      Biggest black hole in the Nba

    • jixseylo portacion
      jixseylo portacion 3 місяці тому +25

      He's the most important weak link. Murray is not going to struggle long but MPJ's youth and undisciplined defense will cost the Nuggets. He's the third best player and he might get neutralized.

  • relyK Remok
    relyK Remok 4 місяці тому +226

    Spoe putting Duncan Robinson over Max Strus in 4th quarter was mindblowing, how did he come up with that decision when Strus was shooting well

    • Strika
      Strika 4 місяці тому +30

      These are the questions that need to be asked

    • Isaiah
      Isaiah 4 місяці тому +127

      Duncan has more gravity than Strus and has a connection with Bam in the 2 man game that’s been built up for 5 years. He’s also. 6’7” and is good in zone

    • joey Veloso
      joey Veloso 4 місяці тому +35

      @Isaiah nah its more like they played the hot hand. Strus was playing well, but Duncan Robinson was firing on all cylinders in the 4th and that was easy to see. You don't put someone on the bench when they're that hot and the team is clicking, you'll just destroy the momentum.

    • Isaiah
      Isaiah 4 місяці тому +51

      @joey Veloso that’s not how it worked lol. Duncan started the 4th quarter, he didn’t “come in” for max when he was hot. Look at the game play by play, he was already there. He got hot in the 4th, and It doesn’t take much for him to get goin. It was about the 2-man game.

    • S K
      S K 4 місяці тому +83

      he probably noticed throughout the team's playoff performance that Max performed generally well opening the games and Duncan excelled at closing the games out. Duncan's energy in the second half is also extremely contagious when he's on fire, whereas Max is more stoic, setting the tone for the rest of the game while giving an early reminder to teammates that it's ok if you miss shots--just keep shooting if you're open. and when everyone contributes, it does very well to boost the team's morale. Spo is a genius.

  • Blake Jensen
    Blake Jensen 4 місяці тому +231

    MPJ had a really rough game. I guess we will see if Spo will continue to try to attack. MPJ's decision making on defense. He had been mostly pretty good during the playoffs up until yesterday.

    • T-Mo Fisher [ティモ]
      T-Mo Fisher [ティモ] 4 місяці тому +16

      Probably won’t be the case every game, but Malone couldve done himself a big favor closing with Braun last game

    • Chauvin Took a knee 4blm
      Chauvin Took a knee 4blm 4 місяці тому

      @T-Mo Fisher [ティモ] exactly lol

    • Jummy Ran
      Jummy Ran 4 місяці тому +5

      Nuggets are in serious trouble. It’s funny how the whole size bs was what everyone spoke about now your gona see the heat take off in the next games.

    • S_AME
      S_AME 4 місяці тому +23

      Denver hasn't really been defensively challenged against a team with great offensive half court set the whole playoffs.
      Lakers, Wolves, and Suns are all playing ISO ball or Dribble Drive offense for the most part. It's all been Denver's size that stop those offenses and not because of their rotations.
      Spo is really testing their defensive capabilities right now. Basically, they're exposed on that end of the floor. Let's see if Mike can adjust.

    • AKM
      AKM 3 місяці тому

      @S_AME exactly. having jokic in a high PNR is money every single time. you can't hide two bad defenders in the starting lineup. so mike will have to really tweak something or spo will constantly pick on jokic and murray all game.

  • TheTEN24
    TheTEN24 4 місяці тому +76

    This man is an insane coach, can never count them out of a series just off his adjustments alone. He keeps proving me wrong thinking this matchup is too tough for them and needing to shoot the lights out

  • Mr. Awesomepants
    Mr. Awesomepants 3 місяці тому +8

    Love's impact in just 22 minutes has been huge. So far in this series he's averaging 6pt 10rb 2stl and 1 hug

    • Leo G
      Leo G 3 місяці тому

      The hug 😂

  • Mohammed Masahud
    Mohammed Masahud 4 місяці тому +77

    I remembered years ago when Jimmy chose to go to the Heat and he had some flak; people saying he was only after the money, or that his ego only allows him to go to weaker teams where he will clearly be the alpha and not going to help a title contender. In the last 4 years, the Heat has beaten every Eastern contender at least once in a playoff matchup, has been to the conference finals thrice, and was a 1st seed last year.

    • THR33-K
      THR33-K 3 місяці тому +11

      all depends on how you look at it im sure Jimmy thinks he is worthy of being the number 1 guy on his team and he doesn’t have to help a titled contender team lol …he look good in that heat uniform

    • Drunk Lawyer
      Drunk Lawyer 3 місяці тому +12

      Lol it’s crazy too bc he seemed perfectly fine being a #2 behind Embiid… but Philly wanted Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris instead 😂

    • AKM
      AKM 3 місяці тому +12

      @Drunk Lawyer which is wild to me. tobias fcking harris over jimmy butler is insane.

    • S_AME
      S_AME 3 місяці тому +5

      ​@AKM tbf, with Simmons on the lineup, they need shooters more than any other slasher. Wrong move now after the fact but it was the most logical move at that time.

    • Hello World
      Hello World 3 місяці тому +4

      The title contending teams didn't want Jimmy because he was too hard on the soft-ass players in the modern NBA. The Heat have the mental fortitude to handle doing literally everything in their power to win down to the 15th guy on the bench so it was a perfect fit for him.

  • bilboswaggins76
    bilboswaggins76 3 місяці тому +10

    The creativity and relentlessness that the Heat generate offense with is incredible. Spo is the best coach in basketball and the "heat culture" is very real.

    JMGIII 4 місяці тому +42

    Spo has always been underrated.
    Game 2 has to be one of the most beautiful and intelligent game plans designed in the NBA. ❤

  • Don Dino
    Don Dino 4 місяці тому +107

    after game 1: the nuggest just 3 wins away
    after game 2: the heat just 3 wins away
    i think this will be going on until game 7 because of this 2 great nba coaches. but i still think Spo is more experienced in final games than mike and has the advantage to made history with miami. that would suck for me as a big Jokic fan, but im also a huge butler fan.. this finals will be remembered for a long time, you will see.

    • jixseylo portacion
      jixseylo portacion 3 місяці тому +9

      You're winning the finals either way congrats!

    • William Davis
      William Davis 3 місяці тому

      You think... 6 Finals 2 Chips to 1 Finals zero chips

    • Harpo's Harp
      Harpo's Harp 3 місяці тому +1

      It’s definitely going 6 or 7, both fans better relax. The league made it clear game 2 with the bad officiating that neither team will run away with this.

    • J g
      J g 3 місяці тому

      ​@Harpo's Harp Game 2 bad officiating? Miami shot two free throws in game 1. There is not a basketball watching soul on this planet that believes any team in the history of basketball only committed ONE shooting foul in an entire game. Yet, Miami only got one call in game 1. Officials have been horrendous the entire post season.

  • camron
    camron 3 місяці тому +12

    This is the perfect example of why coaches matter, people keep saying firing coaches is a scapegoat but coach spo is the perfect example of making adjustments and utilizing your pieces to the best of THEIR ability, not just putting them in a system and hoping they can do it. He knows his players strengths and uses each players strength to elevate their abilitys. Many coaches dont know how to use the players they are dealt to the best of their ability.

    • JazzyCoffee
      JazzyCoffee  3 місяці тому +1

      coaching today matters more than ever
      especially with the sophistication of the game and the spacing of the floor, even the players with the highest basketball IQ need a competent coach to use their abilities within the game.

    • jojoprocess
      jojoprocess 3 місяці тому

      Elite coaches are incredibly underrated, and are as valuable as an allstar player. But most coached are quite replaceable. Theres only a handful of elite coaches every year, the rest are replaceable or complete trash

    • Packo Hub
      Packo Hub 3 місяці тому

      ​@jojoprocess u are talking to doc .

  • Chinguun Enkh
    Chinguun Enkh 3 місяці тому +19

    Miami looked totally mismatched in Game 1 and thought Denver was gonna roll all over them but I was surprised how they were staying so close in Game 2. Just shows how good of a coach Spoelstra is, making the necessary adjustments to bring in Love, play the Zone defense fronting Jokic. Insightful video, keep em coming! Great series, can't wait for Game3!

    • J g
      J g 3 місяці тому +1

      Not at all. Miami played poorly, got nothing from Jimmy, Martin, or Struss and still only lost by 11. I came away from game 1 saying Denver is in trouble.

  • Shane G
    Shane G 3 місяці тому +4

    And we see such a symphony of amazing basketball from Miami yet Denver still was mere inches away from a tie. It’s sobering to think how well you have to play to unwind this Denver team

  • xxxxxJAYMILLZxxxxxxx
    xxxxxJAYMILLZxxxxxxx 3 місяці тому +22

    Hope every hall fan is soaking in and appreciating Heat culture right now. Being a raptors fan I’ve gotten a taste of the undrafted/ building a team through the draft or through proper scouting but man Props to the Heat to taking it to a level we’ve never seen. Pat Riley and Spo are both legends of the game.. but getting Butler and surrounding him with a bunch of killers hungry to make it in the league has been a joy to watch. Guys like Strus, Vincent, Martin, and Robinson are reallyshowing up a lot of these other NBA players that are on lucrative contracts and have just settled.. they just ain’t hungry. The Heat culture really shaking up the league.. other front offices will be second guessing where they’ve went wrong lol

    • Nothing
      Nothing 3 місяці тому

      Pat knew they needed a michael jordan like mentality in their team because the roster will follow suit.
      Though not the same, tim duncan is that person in spurs. Or curry in warriors.
      A culture setter. In the case of butler, they developed soldiers.

  • marq
    marq 3 місяці тому +5

    I love matches like these where the audiences are forced to think and read the plays from both teams. Casuals find this boring because all they want is flashy basketball.

  • Williams Vidal
    Williams Vidal 3 місяці тому +19

    I love these videos so much, there so much I dont see and you explain it so well. I can tell the amount of effort you put into these videos. Keep it up!

  • DR S
    DR S 3 місяці тому +3

    I’ve played b-ball for years and even won a Toronto city title for my age group. I watched all the top reviewers of this particular NBA game and yours was clearly the best, even beating out B-Ball Breakdown. You’re my go to from now on.

  • D2 Masochist
    D2 Masochist 3 місяці тому +3

    If Miami can pull this off, it will be the most incredible postseason run in basketball history IMO. In the minimum, it's top 3.

  • Bobby
    Bobby 3 місяці тому +8

    Man it’s just something about Miami’s zone defense that opponents always have a hard time dealing with 😅 Coach Spo is that guy up there with the genius minds of Phil Jackson, Pop, Kerr, and Riley. All top 5. Spo is gonna have to start Kevin Love from here on out, smart decision to put him in game 2 to make up for height. Don’t act like Spo has never been to the finals before! Dude has a good amount of finals experiences as a head coach. He knows what he is doing and will always make the proper adjustments.

  • Tuskegeeflyboi1
    Tuskegeeflyboi1 3 місяці тому +7

    Awesome! I was telling co workers Kevin Love is gonna be the difference in this Series!
    He’s not even acting up yet with them full court passes.
    Between him and Jimmy the passing is gonna set up alot of buckets.
    Don’t let Hero come back popping it will really be a wrap.
    I got MIAMI winning it all

  • Wavemaker
    Wavemaker 3 місяці тому +3

    It's amazing that we cannot see the impact of Kevin Love in the game but upon closer analysis, he was a big factor on why Denver cannot score a lot. Good job here breaking down the impact of Love in the game.

  • Notmatt
    Notmatt 3 місяці тому +3

    Insanely good video again bro 🔥.Ive watched enough basketball in my life for two lifetimes, but everytime I watch one of your breakdowns, I feel like a casual again. Amazed how much I learn everytime I watch one of your videos

  • Randy Jones
    Randy Jones 4 місяці тому +18

    When Miami executes their strategies and adjustments (zone, pick and roll, bigger lineup, looking for shooters), they look like a completely different team. Game 1 they were sloppy and overwhelmed, but Game 2 they were physical from the beginning which bothered the Nuggets. That 1-3-1/3-2 zone is killer, very unconventional but you can tell they practice that quite a bit. People don't like zone but when executed right its beautiful to watch

    • AKM
      AKM 3 місяці тому +3

      exactly. Also, they don't stay in a zone 100 percent of the time. they switch to man which throws off teams even more.

    • William Davis
      William Davis 3 місяці тому +2

      The Amoeba 🦠 zone is confusing

  • Hollins
    Hollins 3 місяці тому +1

    Fascinating series, thanks! Allways a good idea to have a battle tested veteran big on your bench.

  • Felipe Assunção
    Felipe Assunção 4 місяці тому +75

    Best Basketball Channel in the world, great study every time, thanks for the content❤️

  • Sarang Joshi
    Sarang Joshi 3 місяці тому +5

    Thank you for creating such insightful videos! Love the in depth analysis

  • Jase Z
    Jase Z 3 місяці тому +1

    Dude this guy is seriously the best coaching I've witnessed. Every time out and adjustments are so well executed are strategic to the point even casuals like me notices it. The Miami had roster has absolutely no business being in the NBA final and beating the best teams to get there.
    A lot coaches will tell you that it's the players who wins the games, Spo demonstrate that coaches put players in positions to win.

    PG 13PACERNATION 4 місяці тому +13

    Heat defenders making life TOUGH on Jamal Murray, Michael Porter Jr and Kentavious Caldwell Pope 🥶
    Coach Spoelstra adjusted well. They let JOKIC score and clamped everybody else. Brilliant gameplan.
    The Denver Nuggets are winless in these playoffs when Joker drops 40+ points 😮

  • kenty mashmilo
    kenty mashmilo 4 місяці тому +23

    I love how love's defense is so unatgletic but it works so well.

    • Napoleon Bonaparte
      Napoleon Bonaparte 3 місяці тому

      Remember when he guarded curry in 2016?

    • Merck Maguddayao
      Merck Maguddayao 3 місяці тому +5

      Because he does the basics. Never forget the basics.

    • Big Supreme
      Big Supreme 3 місяці тому


  • RealTalkMeNow
    RealTalkMeNow 3 місяці тому +9

    Most "untrained eye" people will not know that they are doing all of that while watching it live. Really great! 😂

    • Peter Pan
      Peter Pan 3 місяці тому +1

      even ben said himself that he has to rewatch some stuff to catch it, not just untrained eye ppl. its just too much all at the same time. but yeah, for casual fans .. no chance of getting most of it live.

  • YetiCoolBrother
    YetiCoolBrother 4 місяці тому +68

    Dope to see K. Love still ballin, been a fan since he played with Bron. One of my favorite NBA white boys of all time lol

    • YRP Audit
      YRP Audit 3 місяці тому +2

      J williams white chocolate takes # 1 doe

    • Jolo Sarmiento
      Jolo Sarmiento 3 місяці тому +1

      @YRP Audit J-Will is an aberration. He's basically the NBA version of Eminem 😅

  • Jeremy King
    Jeremy King 3 місяці тому +2

    This is why as a Celtics fan I get so upset with people wanting to dump Joe Mazzula after his first season. Imagine if Erik Spoelstra got canned instead of letting him develop into the Hall of Fame coach that he is today. This heat team finds ways to completely change how your team plays against them. You lose your identity and start playing right into Miami's favor. This is elite tier coaching combined with great execution by a team of guys that wants to win at any cost. Once again Thinking Basketball breaks it down like nobody else can

  • T Anthony
    T Anthony 3 місяці тому

    I cannot express how much I appreciate the Miami Heat simply because of the dynamics. I am now a major Miami Heat fan coming from being a Dallas Mavericks fan. After the antics from Dallas and the horrible coaching of Jason Kidd, this is refreshing to see a real team playing real basketball. The Miami Heat are by far the best team in the NBA and the most underrated. These guys are a true gift to be able to witness.

  • Paul Caranto
    Paul Caranto 3 місяці тому

    I remember when Spo was outcoached in 2015 by Greg Popovich. That was the peak of Spurs poetry in motion. He sure did learn a lot from that.

  • othBBfan
    othBBfan 3 місяці тому +13

    Great analysis. Spo starting Love and having him on Gordon so that Jimmy could guard Murray while Bam was on Jokic was a huge adjustment that really helped them win this game. Jimmy obviously isn't 100% but he made timely buckets, facilitated, and played great defense while Bam has done an amazing job picking up the slack and has been solid on both ends of the floor. Their biggest issue right now is the non-Bam minutes as Zeller has been terrible. If they can solve that i think they have a decent shot at winning but either way i think it'll be a great series.

    • Wavemaker
      Wavemaker 3 місяці тому

      MPJ was not even considered in Miami's defensive scheme. He is also big.

    • VonJay
      VonJay 3 місяці тому

      I don't see how that was such a big adjustment. Love started most of the playoffs by a great deal. It was a return to what worked best for them. They started Martin because he had a hot hand the prior series. First thing Denver did to them was bully Martin down low. Something gordon couldn't do to Love. I

  • doorkman13
    doorkman13 3 місяці тому

    Duncan Robinson being able to actually finish now has been so huge for them. You can’t just face guard him on the three point line.

  • Rob Mangeri
    Rob Mangeri 3 місяці тому +10

    As a Cavs Fan I love seeing LOVE make the finals!!! Now he’s a key!!! Awesome!

    • Doug
      Doug 3 місяці тому +1

      He deserves it. 100% team guy. It's nice to see a coach that knows how to make adjustments and use him properly. If only the Cavs were so lucky.

    • Moradi Media
      Moradi Media 3 місяці тому +2

      Torono Fans happy for Lowry too ;)

    • Rob Mangeri
      Rob Mangeri 3 місяці тому +1

      @Moradi Media that’s true! He’s been battling for a long time!

  • Mervy Faith
    Mervy Faith 3 місяці тому +2

    I love how you breakdown all of these with sense.

  • Bryan Paco
    Bryan Paco 3 місяці тому

    I love how Miami attacks early, at 1st when the set A doesn't generate something they can still reset and set another play.
    Also helps that most of their players knows how to pass and cut to the basket.

  • Dax_Xenos
    Dax_Xenos 3 місяці тому +2

    This has been a great chess match. While denver may arguably have the better pieces...miami has tons of heart and an OG coach

  • Michael John Ben Bataliran
    Michael John Ben Bataliran 3 місяці тому +1

    Respect to Duncan Robinson. Imagine being benched virtually a full season and still have the confidence to do what he do when his number is called in the playoffs.

  • helloarlo
    helloarlo 3 місяці тому +1

    That zone defence is a beauty. Shows how well the team was coached

  • Hey Shishi
    Hey Shishi 3 місяці тому +6

    I swear, everything I thought about basketball is thrown out this year with this Heat team! As a Celtic fan I hate that they beat us but they earned it and I can't even hate, they are far from a super team but actually one of the best teams I have ever seen since they love clutch time and no one on the roster gets rattled down the stretch - which is hard to find when its every player not afraid of the moment.

  • Faisal
    Faisal 3 місяці тому

    It’s good to see Eric Spoelstra getting the love he deserves. 2 nba finals in 3 years shows his championships were not just because of bron

  • Emer Paredes
    Emer Paredes 3 місяці тому +1

    Congrats Coach Erik Spoelstra! You're a Genius! Very good adjustments! Let's go Heat!

  • jeremy pearson
    jeremy pearson 3 місяці тому

    He should be coach of the year regardless of the final result. What he’s been able to get out of that team is miraculous. It’s nice that Pat Riley lets him run the show. Nobody better person to bounce ideas off of.

  • sam guapo
    sam guapo 3 місяці тому

    Love has always been an under appreciated super star. It's was Love's defense which clamped down on GS back in his cavalier days and got his championship aside from his strategic shooting.

  • Goodb0b
    Goodb0b 3 місяці тому +1

    Put it this way: Spo was Gandalf the Grey when he took over as head coach. Pat Riley (Saruman) remains his oldest mentor and friend . When Spo won those chips, he evolved into Gandalf the White and finally became a master worthy of being a mainstay HC for a franchise that defined itself a dynasty. Spo's talked about in the same vein as his teacher/boss Riley, his former nemesis Gregg Pop, Riley's former rival Phil Jackson, & Pop + Phil's protege Steve Kerr.

  • PunkerWithABoner
    PunkerWithABoner 4 місяці тому +10

    If Miami slays the dragon, will Kevin Love make the hall of fame ? 5x All star, 2x all NBA, Most improved player, 2 rings, all rookie, arguably the second best player of his draft class ; not a bad resume.
    I say yes, Kevin Love Hall of Fame babyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  • h0twingzz
    h0twingzz 3 місяці тому

    this miami heat team is one of the best teams i've ever seen when it comes to the between game adjustments. I'm a Knicks fan, I despise the Miami Heat, but I can't help but really appreciate the way this team plays. The team is intelligent, they play with purpose, and make up for their individual "potential" with collective skill and it is rly fun to watch for people who enjoy the intricacies of the game. The knicks never had a chance lmao

  • Carlos Sierra
    Carlos Sierra 3 місяці тому

    It wasn't just him pushing all the buttons - the players executed perfectly as well. But what bothers me is that Even if they did most of the things right, they *barely* scrapped a 1 point win. Let's hope it's a bigger win at home for the Heat 🙏🙏

  • Sam Lam
    Sam Lam 3 місяці тому

    great job for Spo & the Heats, they are so competitive.

  • Ed Lange
    Ed Lange 3 місяці тому +2

    great analysis. Really helped me understand the game better. Thank you,

  • SyanicalSose
    SyanicalSose 4 місяці тому +19

    WAS WAITING FOR THIS VIEDO. Looking forward for yall to discuss the huge differences from game 1 to game 2 amazing vid like usual.

  • CJAllDayOneTrey !!
    CJAllDayOneTrey !! 4 місяці тому +4

    Can we give Coach Spo his 💐 now! Him and his coaching staff are master tacticians and been this way for years. Go back to the Dallas finals. That was the last time I seen Spo get out coached. Regardless of how the series ends…Spo is still one of the GOATS!

    • Fellegord
      Fellegord 3 місяці тому

      As much as I like Bron he's the only one to blame for that Dallas series. Others played bad but he REALLY struggled.

  • alexander apostol
    alexander apostol 3 місяці тому +2

    kudos to great analyzation So nice to hear intelligent views and reviews Keep up the good work and God bless you all

  • Jim C. Goodfellas
    Jim C. Goodfellas 3 місяці тому

    I never realized what a great coach Spo is until this playoffs

  • Patrick Selix
    Patrick Selix 3 місяці тому

    I was one of many who had Denver in 5-6. I however did not expect one of the Heat’s win’s to be on the road. Don’t know if they have enough to win it all, but I’m definitely believing this thing can and will go to 7

  • bigE
    bigE 3 місяці тому

    would love to see Malone’s response to this size defense in G3. Gotta consider replacing KCP with a more disruptive presence.

  • kobain
    kobain 3 місяці тому

    great video as someone who wants miami to win i feel good with the adjustments i just hope they continue to play well

  • spicychickenboi
    spicychickenboi 4 місяці тому +3

    There’s a reason why Jimmy loves Coach Spo

  • Shaggy Steve
    Shaggy Steve 3 місяці тому

    Statistically the Heat shouldn't be where they are
    But 10/10 coaching
    Every player buying into the team
    Player chemistry is off the charts
    It's magnificent team basketball
    Reminds of the Spurs in the Duncan, Parker & Ginobli era

  • Frannie
    Frannie 3 місяці тому +1

    Spo is a an experienced strategist and tactician 😊

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous 4 місяці тому +1

    I’m so happy for Vincent Strus and Duncan

  • Thomas Lequesne
    Thomas Lequesne 3 місяці тому

    I've been skeptical of the Heat this whole post-season (outside of the Knicks series which was easy) because they're not supposed to shoot this well. But they have been surprisingly consistent.
    I still think that Denver is a much better team, and I still think that the Heat could collapse at any point if their shooting gets back to their regular season averages. But I wasn't surprised to see them beat the Celtics and I would almost believe you if you said that they will win the championship.

  • sirf4ce
    sirf4ce 3 місяці тому

    The Heat have 7 guys who can really REALLY GO! Bam and Jimmy are monsters. Their playmaking ability, IQ, athleticism, and unselfishness make them so dangerous! Strus, Duncan, and Gabe are flamethrowers and can get hot faster than OG NBA JAM Reggie Miller. Caleb Martin had an illness in game 2 but he's proven himself quite capable in these playoffs. And let's not forget Kyle Lowry who gives them solid minutes off the bench but can play a bigger role if needed.

  • tristan flodin
    tristan flodin 4 місяці тому +28

    I really hope the Heat win. I love good coaching

  • LG
    LG 3 місяці тому +1

    I get that it's harder to go to work on Kevin Love than like Max Strus in the post, but I feel like AG still can just go at him. I feel like its in his head "oh hes a bigger guy so I can't do the same thing" but Gordon is still a crazy athlete and could've still attacked him

  • Lautaro Quiroga
    Lautaro Quiroga 3 місяці тому

    IT WAS ABOUT GOD DAMN TIME Kevin played some minutes! Of course I didn't know at the time this incredible breakdown you did, but I did think there was ONE big man missing for the Heat, Bam can't do everything and Kevin is someone with a lot of experience who also shoots very nice 3s if it's needed.
    Now you prove my point.

  • iLL Rey Tito
    iLL Rey Tito 3 місяці тому

    That's great game from the heat and a great analysis. Caught Denver sleeping. Denver slacking and lost game 2 b 3. If you watch NBA u know how much those close games count. Denver will bounce back they need to stick to what they know best. In 5 favor of Nuggets. Win on the road and make it home sweet Colorado. Nikola and everyone. Let's go Nuggets. Team ball!

  • fortnite technics
    fortnite technics 3 місяці тому +1

    I just discovered this channel and am amazed at the content quality.

  • snwbubble
    snwbubble 4 місяці тому +2

    love the breakdowns on this channel

  • Dan Fox
    Dan Fox 4 місяці тому +53

    4:28 "Maybe Bam was the one who fouled Vincent." Nobody fouled Vincent. He just flailed wildly for no discernible reason. He was presumably pretending to get hit in the face, but neither Bam or KCP were anywhere near his face.

    • God Guzzlord
      God Guzzlord 4 місяці тому +7

      Obviously he sold it hard but that doesn't mean there wasn't contact, you can see bam touch him on the closer angle. Also idk where you got the idea where he pretended to get hit in the face, he probably just felt the contact on his arm which he thought was from KCP and flailed to bait free throws

    • Isaiah
      Isaiah 4 місяці тому +6

      When you take away landing space or tap the legs in anyway it’s a foul. Gabe felt contact and sold it.

    • Jonathan Estey
      Jonathan Estey 4 місяці тому +4

      You're not wrong... though I'd argue that Bam did set a moving pick on KCP. Then again, I'm not sure whether the NBA refs remember that moving picks are illegal, because I can't remember the last time one got called...

    • Quack Memes
      Quack Memes 4 місяці тому +6

      Both kcp and bam touched him what u on about 😂

    • Mr.E
      Mr.E 4 місяці тому +5

      ​@God Guzzlord honestly, when it's an obvious flop like that, the refs should give a tech to the flopper. Play basketball, not flopball

  • Apple Jacks
    Apple Jacks 3 місяці тому

    Yessir! When we don’t got games for the day, at least we got Thinking Basketball! Really unearthing the beauty of basketball for the masses!

  • Jeff Wiebe
    Jeff Wiebe 3 місяці тому +1

    After your last video, especially the title, I was very interested in how you would respond to Game 2. Nice work - - as usual.

    MUSIC FOR YOUR MIND 4 місяці тому +5

    Pat Riley is the master of manipulation who has handpicked a clone in spo he is so respected that Malone wouldn't even call a timeout in the final seconds cuz he knew he would be done can great coaching beat a super team we'll have to wait till see nothing like the finals

    TIMI'S CORNER 3 місяці тому

    What's scary is that Miami made the proper adjustments and seems to have done everything so well while Denver gave one of their most lackluster game since the playoffs and yet lost only by 3 points

  • marq
    marq 4 місяці тому +3

    Man this Finals is a game of chess between Spo and Jokic/Malone

  • sheena mae garig
    sheena mae garig 4 місяці тому +2

    The most iconic play for coach spo..is the mario chalmers game tieng three..
    What a genius ..

  • Cronos Dimitri
    Cronos Dimitri 4 місяці тому +5

    great analysis. thanks as always

  • Mariano
    Mariano 3 місяці тому +1

    i think that denver played a really really bad 4th quarter and still almost push it to OT. They made some really dumb fouls. As miami after the first game, denver shouldn't feel bad about this one. The Nuggets are better but the Heat is one of the toughest team i've seen in a long time. This is a wonderful series to watch. Hopefully Nuggets will win, but, if the Heat ends up with the trophy, they absolutely deserve it. Much respect for both teams

  • aj adeleye
    aj adeleye 3 місяці тому

    MPJ gonna lock it up a little better next game I think. I think Bruce Brown is due for a big game too

  • John Mari Pecson
    John Mari Pecson 3 місяці тому +1

    MPJ doing great being the x-factor… for the heat.

  • Grumpy
    Grumpy 4 місяці тому +16

    Men look at Spo, he is so inspirational, he has always been underdog all his coaching career

    • Imwhatyouyoucallaballsack
      Imwhatyouyoucallaballsack 4 місяці тому +4

      Really always the underdog huh? Lol

    • Edward King
      Edward King 3 місяці тому +1

      Think you're forgetting the big three days

    • Edddie
      Edddie 3 місяці тому

      @Edward King lebron wanted him fired

    • MrJlaklak
      MrJlaklak 3 місяці тому +1

      Got destroyed by Dallas 😅😂

  • Jonathan Ikeda
    Jonathan Ikeda 3 місяці тому

    I admit that I did underestimate Miami Heat. I realize that they played very well with their strategies because Erik Spoelstra is really a chessmaster in the game. It seems to me that he had discovered Denver Nuggets' weaknesses. I realize Bam played like Jokic.

  • Jason Meyers
    Jason Meyers 3 місяці тому +2

    Spo is the best coach in Heat history and will go down as 1 of the best if not the best ever when he's done. (Assuming he chooses to coach another 15+years)

  • C.J Armstrong
    C.J Armstrong 4 місяці тому +11

    My guy Kevin Love making that impact

  • Demolition Man
    Demolition Man 3 місяці тому

    I love these breakdowns