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San Antonio's focus is on turnovers tonight ... maybe

June 11, 2013|By Mike Bresnahan
  • San Antonio's Tony Parker, double-teamed by Miami's Mario Chalmers and Udonis Haslem, went from no turnovers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals to five in Game 2.
San Antonio's Tony Parker, double-teamed by Miami's Mario… (Brendan Smialowski / AFP/Getty…)

SAN ANTONIO -- If the San Antonio Spurs plan to win the historically important Game 3, they better work on one thing, and they're not even talking about it.

Turnovers.

The Spurs committed 17 in Game 2 of the NBA Finals after turning over the ball only four times in Game 1. Not surprisingly, they beat Miami in the opener and lost Game 2.

So it obviously needs to be a focus of their strategy as the series shifts to their home court Tuesday.

"We didn't talk about turnovers," Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich said in a brief session with reporters after the team's Tuesday morning shoot-around.

Come again?

Tony Parker experienced the team's biggest one-game drop, going from a flawless Game 1 (no turnovers) to five a few days later.

He didn't seem really concerned, either.

"I'll figure it out," he said Tuesday.

Game 3 is usually an indicator of who will win the Finals if neither team takes the first two games. Since moving to the 2-3-2 format in 1985, a dozen NBA Finals started with a 1-1 split. The winner of Game 3 won 11 of those series.

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