The San Antonio Spurs came out ready to make a statement in game three of the NBA Finals. They did just that, with serious authority, as they dropped an astounding 41 points in the first quarter.
At the top of the list of good performances in that quarter was the incredible work of Kawhi Leonard. All he did was go 5-5 from the floor, including 3-3 from three-point land, and score 16 points. With LeBron James scoring 14 of his own on the other side of the ball, the entertainment value of game three was off the charts from the opening tip.
The Spurs did it all offensively, playing a nearly perfect quarter of basketball. They found success in the half-court with their ridiculously precise ability to make the right pass and the extra pass. They also created transition opportunities, such as this one that Leonard finished with authority on the break.
If any analyst tries to figure this series based on one game, it is a mistake. Both of these teams are so great that each game should just stand on its own, with each team having the chance to take over when they are clicking. In this game it looks like the Spurs and their greatness will be on display, but there is still plenty of game left for James and the Heat to change that.