1. This is going to be a long series. Eva Longoria's Spurs-in-five-games exuberance after Game 1 aside, most everyone figured the NBA Finals would return to Miami for at least Game 6. The Heat is making its third consecutive Finals appearance and is not going to be quickly brushed aside. This isn't the short-handed Lakers that San Antonio is facing.
2. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh exist. It was the Big Three Minus One for critical moments in the series opener. Not so in Game 2 on Sunday during Miami's 103-84 rout. Neither player was prolific, Bosh finishing with 12 points and Wade 10, but they played a lot smarter than they did in Game 1. Bosh did not take one three-pointer after missing all four of his attempts from long range in the opener, and Wade had six assists.
3. Miami's defense is really, really good. The Heat made things uncomfortable for Tony Parker after his superlative effort in the series opener, double-teaming him on occasion and forcing bad passes that resulted in turnovers. San Antonio committed 16 turnovers, 12 more than in its crisply played Game 1. And James' much-talked-about block of Tiago Splitter at the rim will be replayed ad nauseum in the 48 hours before Game 3. The Heat's defense could be the most underrated aspect of its season-long dominance.
4. Super Mario provided an unexpected boost. Mario Chalmers often isn't just an afterthought for the Heat; there are many times he isn't thought of at all. But the point guard did something so unthinkable that it may have garnered 5,000-to-one odds as a proposition bet in Las Vegas: He led all scorers with 19 points. Perhaps even more impressive, Chalmers had zero turnovers in 35 minutes, the biggest reason the Heat was plus-30 when he was in the game.
5. Manu Ginobili, are you there? It was another largely forgettable showing for San Antonio's super sub. Ginobili scored five points in 17 minutes, numbers that would make more sense for Gary Neal or Cory Joseph. Ginobili made only two of six shots and had three turnovers to go with one assist. A prediction: He will have a much bigger showing as the series shifts to San Antonio for Games 3, 4 and 5.