Don't expect the Spurs or Pistons to deviate from the bump-and-grind style they displayed in Game 1, when they combined for what equaled the fourth-lowest score ever in the NBA Finals.
Not only did teams rank first and second, respectively, this regular season in scoring defense, but these franchises have participated in eight of the 11 lowest-scoring NBA Finals games since the shot clock was introduced in 1954.
The low-scoring affairs began when the Pistons were located in Fort Wayne, Ind. The Fort Wayne Pistons and Syracuse Nationals combined to score the record-low total of 145 points on April 7, 1955.
The Spurs have been involved in five of the lowest-scoring games, and they have yet to allow a team to score 90 points in 12 NBA Finals games. In addition to holding the Pistons to a franchise record-low 69 points on Thursday, they held the Knicks to franchise low of 67 in 1999, and they held the Nets below 80 points three times in 2003. "I think our focus is a lot different here," Spurs F Tim Duncan said.
The Pistons held the Lakers below 90 in four of their five games in the Finals last season, including a franchise-low 68 in Game 3.
-- Michael Lee