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  • Published on Jun 4, 2023 veröffentlicht
  • 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
    SUPER SAMMICH 3 months ago +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 3 months ago +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 3 months ago +412

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

    • MikiMiki
      MikiMiki 3 months ago +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 3 months ago +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 3 months ago +74

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

  • Muhaqqiqin
    Muhaqqiqin 3 months ago +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 3 months ago +15

      Jimmy overrated AF

    • Tuvok Shakur
      Tuvok Shakur 3 months ago +163

      @Chauvin Took a knee 4blm no

    • Chauvin Took a knee 4blm
      Chauvin Took a knee 4blm 3 months ago +15

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

    • Sean Dooley
      Sean Dooley 3 months ago +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
      PG 13PACERNATION 3 months ago +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 😮

  • K T
    K T 3 months ago +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 3 months ago +27

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

    • K T
      K T 3 months ago +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 3 months ago +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 3 months ago +14

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

    • Miki Vatrogasac
      Miki Vatrogasac 3 months ago +2

      Jeff Green in Nuggets' rotation too

  • LouisD69
    LouisD69 3 months ago +354

    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 months ago +44

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

    • Alfred Ramirez
      Alfred Ramirez 3 months ago +17

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

    • 99
      99 3 months ago +3

      Thought love got waived?

    • S_AME
      S_AME 3 months ago +1

      ​@99 He was bought out by the Heat.

    • Ace Almighty
      Ace Almighty 3 months ago +3

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

  • Jamac Adem
    Jamac Adem 3 months ago +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 3 months ago +42

      It's more like the Amoeba defense

    • marlow.e ncna
      marlow.e ncna 3 months ago +27

      Yeah its HeatZone with 80ft ball pressure.

    • Javier Landaverde
      Javier Landaverde 3 months ago +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 3 months ago +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 3 months ago

      @Clean Music Lover what's that

  • Jamie Gaskins
    Jamie Gaskins 3 months ago +80

    Eric Spolestra is single-handedly making NBA fans appreciate coaching

    • bornana gaming
      bornana gaming 3 months ago +3

      Coach Pop?

    • Harris Freedman
      Harris Freedman 3 months ago

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

    • Jamie Gaskins
      Jamie Gaskins 3 months ago +2

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

  • Huesteus
    Huesteus 3 months ago +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 3 months ago +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 months ago +20

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

    • Don Solo
      Don Solo 3 months ago +8

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

    • Firmly Grasp IT
      Firmly Grasp IT 3 months ago +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 months ago +1

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

  • Adi Kumar
    Adi Kumar 3 months ago +1090

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

    • Cryptum404
      Cryptum404 3 months ago +49

      Jimmy is MJ’s long lost son tbh

    • Walz
      Walz 3 months ago +17

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

    • Cryptum404
      Cryptum404 3 months ago +82

      @Walz they won the game. Wins are wins

    • shishbish
      shishbish 3 months ago +65

      @Walzmj has missed shots

    • Dan Showlund
      Dan Showlund 3 months ago +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.

  • Dennis Godman
    Dennis Godman 3 months ago +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 3 months ago +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 3 months ago +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 months ago +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 months ago

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

  • Mike Oxlong
    Mike Oxlong 3 months ago +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 3 months ago +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 months ago +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 months ago

      @othBBfan 😂😂😂

    • John Smith
      John Smith 3 months ago +1

      Yup, very frustrating to watch

    • jtaustinmusic
      jtaustinmusic 3 months ago +6

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

  • Barsh575
    Barsh575 3 months ago +84

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

  • Alan King Chiu
    Alan King Chiu 3 months ago +231

    Love was such an under appreciated signing for the Heat.

    • Emmanuel
      Emmanuel 3 months ago +2

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

    • GosuR6
      GosuR6 3 months ago +1

      @Emmanuel nah

    • Edward King
      Edward King 3 months ago +15

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

    • Ogol Osric
      Ogol Osric 3 months ago +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 months ago +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

  • Conner Wilkinson
    Conner Wilkinson 3 months ago +514

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

    • Vivienne Duong
      Vivienne Duong 3 months ago +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 months ago +15

      And that the refs missed a bunch of fouls

    • g_superson1c
      g_superson1c 3 months ago +7

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

    • Jake Torcasio
      Jake Torcasio 3 months ago +3

      Biggest black hole in the Nba

    • jixseylo portacion
      jixseylo portacion 3 months ago +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 3 months ago +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 3 months ago +30

      These are the questions that need to be asked

    • Isaiah
      Isaiah 3 months ago +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 3 months ago +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 3 months ago +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 3 months ago +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.

  • SkiBikeRunAK
    SkiBikeRunAK 3 months ago +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!

  • TheTEN24
    TheTEN24 3 months ago +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 months ago +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 months ago

      The hug 😂

  • bilboswaggins76
    bilboswaggins76 3 months ago +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.

  • Blake Jensen
    Blake Jensen 3 months ago +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] 3 months ago +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 3 months ago

      @T-Mo Fisher [ティモ] exactly lol

    • Jummy Ran
      Jummy Ran 3 months ago +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 3 months ago +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 months ago

      @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.

  • Mohammed Masahud
    Mohammed Masahud 3 months ago +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 months ago +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 months ago +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 months ago +12

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

    • S_AME
      S_AME 3 months ago +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 months ago +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.

  • JMGIII
    JMGIII 3 months ago +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 3 months ago +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 months ago +9

      You're winning the finals either way congrats!

    • William Davis
      William Davis 3 months ago

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

    • Harpo's Harp
      Harpo's Harp 3 months ago +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 months ago

      ​@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.

  • Chinguun Enkh
    Chinguun Enkh 3 months ago +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 months ago +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.

  • xxxxxJAYMILLZxxxxxxx
    xxxxxJAYMILLZxxxxxxx 3 months ago +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 months ago

      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.

  • Shane G
    Shane G 3 months ago +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

  • D2 Masochist
    D2 Masochist 3 months ago +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.

  • DR S
    DR S 3 months ago +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.

  • Williams Vidal
    Williams Vidal 3 months ago +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!

  • camron
    camron 3 months ago +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 months ago +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 months ago

      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 months ago

      ​@jojoprocess u are talking to doc .

  • kenty mashmilo
    kenty mashmilo 3 months ago +23

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

  • Felipe Assunção
    Felipe Assunção 3 months ago +75

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

  • Bobby
    Bobby 3 months ago +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.

  • marq
    marq 3 months ago +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.

  • Jase Z
    Jase Z 3 months ago +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.

  • Hollins
    Hollins 3 months ago +1

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

  • Tuskegeeflyboi1
    Tuskegeeflyboi1 3 months ago +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

  • RealTalkMeNow
    RealTalkMeNow 3 months ago +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 months ago +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.

  • Notmatt
    Notmatt 3 months ago +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

  • Wavemaker
    Wavemaker 3 months ago +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.

  • Sarang Joshi
    Sarang Joshi 3 months ago +5

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

  • Randy Jones
    Randy Jones 3 months ago +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 months ago +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 months ago +2

      The Amoeba 🦠 zone is confusing

  • othBBfan
    othBBfan 3 months ago +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 months ago

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

    • VonJay
      VonJay 3 months ago

      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

  • YetiCoolBrother
    YetiCoolBrother 3 months ago +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 months ago +2

      J williams white chocolate takes # 1 doe

    • Jolo Sarmiento
      Jolo Sarmiento 3 months ago +1

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

  • doorkman13
    doorkman13 3 months ago

    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.

  • PG 13PACERNATION
    PG 13PACERNATION 3 months ago +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 😮

  • T Anthony
    T Anthony 3 months ago

    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 months ago

    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.

  • Bryan Paco
    Bryan Paco 3 months ago

    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.

  • MrPogz Zamora
    MrPogz Zamora 3 months ago +28

    Jokic offense is Nugget's best advantage. But his defense is Heat's best chance of becoming champions.

    • Barsh575
      Barsh575 3 months ago +8

      Jokic's defense isn't as bad as the naked eye would imply. He holds those he guards to lower shooting percentages than their averages. Granted, he isn't a great defender, but I think the key for the heat is their efficiency from 3.

    • Jake You
      Jake You 3 months ago +5

      Wtf kcp and mpj defense was bad not jokic stop that narrative

    • AntiArezzo
      AntiArezzo 3 months ago +3

      We know you haven't watched a single nuggets playoff game

  • Dax_Xenos
    Dax_Xenos 3 months ago +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

  • Goodb0b
    Goodb0b 3 months ago +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.

  • Michael John Ben Bataliran

    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.

  • Jeremy King
    Jeremy King 3 months ago +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

  • helloarlo
    helloarlo 3 months ago +1

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

  • tristan flodin
    tristan flodin 3 months ago +28

    I really hope the Heat win. I love good coaching

  • Mervy Faith
    Mervy Faith 3 months ago +2

    I love how you breakdown all of these with sense.

  • Faisal
    Faisal 3 months ago

    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 months ago +1

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

  • Sam Lam
    Sam Lam 3 months ago

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

  • sam guapo
    sam guapo 3 months ago

    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.

  • Rob Mangeri
    Rob Mangeri 3 months ago +10

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

    • Doug
      Doug 3 months ago +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 months ago +2

      Torono Fans happy for Lowry too ;)

    • Rob Mangeri
      Rob Mangeri 3 months ago +1

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

  • h0twingzz
    h0twingzz 3 months ago

    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

  • jeremy pearson
    jeremy pearson 3 months ago

    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.

  • Carlos Sierra
    Carlos Sierra 3 months ago

    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 🙏🙏

  • Ed Lange
    Ed Lange 3 months ago +2

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

  • Hey Shishi
    Hey Shishi 3 months ago +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.

  • SyanicalSose
    SyanicalSose 3 months ago +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.

  • Frannie
    Frannie 3 months ago +1

    Spo is a an experienced strategist and tactician 😊

  • Patrick Selix
    Patrick Selix 3 months ago

    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

  • PunkerWithABoner
    PunkerWithABoner 3 months ago +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

  • Thomas Lequesne
    Thomas Lequesne 3 months ago

    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.

  • bigE
    bigE 3 months ago

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

  • CJAllDayOneTrey !!
    CJAllDayOneTrey !! 3 months ago +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 months ago

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

  • Lautaro Quiroga
    Lautaro Quiroga 3 months ago

    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.

  • alexander apostol
    alexander apostol 3 months ago +2

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

  • fortnite technics
    fortnite technics 3 months ago +1

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

  • Jim C. Goodfellas
    Jim C. Goodfellas 3 months ago

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

  • kobain
    kobain 3 months ago

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

  • Jasper Jamm
    Jasper Jamm 3 months ago +86

    As an east coast guy, I hate this Heat team, but man, you HAVE to respect Spo. He’s an all time great coach. Gregg Popovich level

    • XRPedro
      XRPedro 3 months ago +2

      I agree. Guy’s a damn genius

    • Regie Cruz
      Regie Cruz 3 months ago +4

      Remember he is Pat Riley successor

  • LG
    LG 3 months ago +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

  • iLL Rey Tito
    iLL Rey Tito 3 months ago

    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!

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous 3 months ago +1

    I’m so happy for Vincent Strus and Duncan

  • Shaggy Steve
    Shaggy Steve 3 months ago

    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

  • sirf4ce
    sirf4ce 3 months ago

    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.

  • Dan Fox
    Dan Fox 3 months ago +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 3 months ago +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 3 months ago +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 3 months ago +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 3 months ago +6

      Both kcp and bam touched him what u on about 😂

    • Mr.E
      Mr.E 3 months ago +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

  • snwbubble
    snwbubble 3 months ago +2

    love the breakdowns on this channel

  • Apple Jacks
    Apple Jacks 3 months ago

    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!

  • spicychickenboi
    spicychickenboi 3 months ago +3

    There’s a reason why Jimmy loves Coach Spo

  • Jeff Wiebe
    Jeff Wiebe 3 months ago +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
    MUSIC FOR YOUR MIND 3 months ago +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

  • Brandon Curington
    Brandon Curington 3 months ago +2

    Coach Spo not having a single Coach of the Year has to be some of the biggest robberies in NBA history.

    • The Comedy Bros
      The Comedy Bros 3 months ago

      He was pretty awful in the Big Three days. I remember consistently being pissed at his ignorant decisions back in the day.

  • TIMI'S CORNER
    TIMI'S CORNER 3 months ago

    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

  • sheena mae garig
    sheena mae garig 3 months ago +2

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

  • spaceKid
    spaceKid 3 months ago +1

    Team full of undrafted players 🔥

  • Trivical
    Trivical 3 months ago +21

    If Tyler Herro does come back in game 3 don’t be shocked if that confidence n moral boost pushes Mia up 2-1

    • Alaric Gusion
      Alaric Gusion 3 months ago +16

      Lol not necessary he might destroy the good chemistry of the team right now

    • TjayK
      TjayK 3 months ago +7

      Miami likely doesn’t even need him. Denver has a 3 man deep bench just take them to deep water every game they will get tired eventually, that’s the downside to being as tall as they are. Once Jokic and Murray slow down from lack of rest they’re in trouble.

    • Jummy Ran
      Jummy Ran 3 months ago +2

      @TjayK yup I said that also the bigger you are the more oxygen you need to fuel the muscles. Plus the heat looks way faster do to being smaller. That Robinson kid is a beast.

    • kingjaydex
      kingjaydex 3 months ago +1

      They’ll probably over feed him to get him in rhythm and disrupt the chemistry

    • S_AME
      S_AME 3 months ago +1

      ​@TjayK Agree. Den is only playing 8 guys right now while the Heat have at least 10 guys + Herro. It's gonna be a battle of endurance and coaching adjustments. With that many players to take note of, it's gonna be harder for Malone to adjust.

  • Cronos Dimitri
    Cronos Dimitri 3 months ago +5

    great analysis. thanks as always

  • aj adeleye
    aj adeleye 3 months ago

    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 months ago +1

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

  • Quisean Robinson
    Quisean Robinson 3 months ago

    i originally thought they would try love on jokic with bam on gordon. but klove played with great defensive anticipation

  • Jason Meyers
    Jason Meyers 3 months ago +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)