Barkley, “Miller vs. Ginobili key to Spurs win”

NBA TV GameTime is hosted by Matt Winer, with analysts, Charles Barkley, Rick Fox and Steve Smith. They were all over the Spurs 114-104 win over Miami in game 5 last night in San Antonio.

Barkley on the Spurs’ defensive strategy against LeBron James: “They have their game plan together. The Spurs are one of the smartest teams [in the NBA]. They are content [with] letting him shoot jumpers to keep [the Heat] out of transition. Nobody is going to stop LeBron James. They just have to hope they don’t turn the ball over. When we see LeBron James catching lobs…that is trouble.”

Barkley on the Heat’s decision to start Mike Miller: “If the Heat lose this series, they’re going to regret starting Mike Miller. They’ve awoken a sleeping giant in [Manu] Ginobili. Mike Miller is a great shooter, but he’s not a great defender [or] rebounder. The Heat are a great defensive team and a bad rebounding team. Now [with the Spurs starting Ginobili], I think [starting Mike Miller] really puts them at a disadvantage defensively. If they lose this series they will think, ‘When the Spurs went small, that’s when this series changed.’ Everybody on the Spurs is an offensive weapon.”

Spurs guard Danny Green joined NBA GameTime following the game

Green on passing Ray Allen for the most three-point field goals made in The Finals: “[I'm] getting lucky. Guys are finding me. Everything is going the right way for me right now.”

Green on his role as a defensive player versus an offensive player: “That’s the biggest thing Pop [Coach Gregg Popovich] stresses to me. The offense will come for me. I’m not one of the offensive scorers. I’m not one of the threats. I’m not one of the go-to guys. Me and Kawhi [Leonard], we’re the wing guys that bring that energy on defense. [The] first thing for me is to bring intensity [and] energy defensively. The offense will come. Luckily it has for me. We need it as a team.”

Green on the Spurs’ pace against the Heat: “[Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich] feels that the more we push the ball, the less we’ll turn it over. We’re at our best when we’re moving fast, setting screens [and] pushing it up the floor. It gives us a better chance of getting open looks, having the defense move and not letting them get set. [The Heat] are pretty good when they’re set.”

Spurs guard Manu Ginobili joined the NBA GameTime crew following the game

Ginobili on the conversation he had with Gregg Popovich prior to Game 5: “He told me yesterday that I was going to start because of the way [the Heat] were playing. He wanted me to be out there playing more minutes. He told me to, ‘Go ahead and play, forget about everything else, do your thing, be more intuitive [and] don’t think too much.’”

Ginobili on being aggressive and if he made the effort to draw contact: “I thought about just attacking [and] trying to get to the rim a little bit more. Because of the way [the Heat] help and rotate, they are always a step behind. They are very explosive, long [and] athletic, but I thought I would have more opportunities if I attack those seams. It worked. Making those three-pointers at the beginning of the game really helped me get confident.”

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