MIAMI -- I asked Heat point guard Mario Chalmers before Game 2 of the NBA Finals what the process is for keeping track of the adjustments the Heat are trying to make down 1-0 headed into Sunday night's game. Chalmers said the adjustments were a combination of several "big" concepts and a number of little things.
"I've got a mental list in my head so you're on top of everything," he said. "Timeouts, before the game, you remind yourself of what you've gone over. You watch film, write it down, and then go over it before the game. "
Chalmers singled out getting loose balls and limiting turnovers as the key things they've emphasized, and on Saturday had singled out trying to limit Spurs guard Tony Parker's ability to reject the screen in the pick-and-roll as an important element.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra spoke to how the Heat are trying to target more paint catches offensively.
"We have to work for more paint catches and that can be in various different ways," Spoelstra said. "Too many perimeter situations where all five guys are beyond the 3-point line, that's not necessarily what we want to get to."
Spoelstra also described the process of going from focusing on the adjustments in the first 24 hours after the loss in Game 1 to trying to get into a better mental space going forward.
"We took advantage of trying to learn ways we can get better in this series," he said. "This series is much different from what we've faced the last two rounds. The last 24 hours has just been about clearing our heads and getting ready for the competition."
Heat forward Chris Bosh focused on the fact you can't get too wrapped up in adjustments while you're trying to play, you know, basketball.
"[Adjustments are] a part of being a pro," Bosh told reporters. "You have to know what's in your back pocket. We're not out there thinking 'adjustments, adjustments,' when our guy's blowing by us."
Bosh indicated that in his mind, it's more about the Heat getting back to their strengths and "identity" to try to even the series.
"We do what we do. That's our foundation," he said. "As the game goes along, we have conversations about what we can do. But we don't come in saying we're going to change everything up. We're going to do what got us here and sometimes the adjustment is going back to your fundamentals. I think we really need to go back to that tonight."
Miami trails the Spurs 0-1 headed into Sunday night's Game 2 of the NBA Finals at 8 p.m. ET.