Is this series over? Can the Miami Heat become the only team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the NBA finals? History tells us otherwise, as the Heat will have to win one game on the road and three games in a row in order to win the 2014 NBA title. Sports analyst from around the globe consider this series to be over, but the Miami Heat have one thing they don’t — the best player on the planet in LeBron James. In the past, James has answered critics and so called “Heat haters” by winning two consecutive NBA titles along with four NBA MVP awards. I personally would not count this team out of the fight, unfortunately It appears that the San Antonio Spurs are playing on a completely different stratosphere and they have figured out how to disrupt and dismantle their opponent.
The Miami Heat have one last chance, one last dance with the devil that is the San Antonio Spurs – a team that has created a living hell for Miami on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor. Greg Popovich and company have out-coached the Heat coaching staff in just about every facet of the game. Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra can’t seem find a viable rotation and solution to disrupting the Spurs. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have been virtual no-shows while Shane Battier has nothing left in his bag of tricks, as his dirty style of play has zero effect on a Spurs roster packed with savy veterans.
The Miami Heat have suffered two demoralizing defeats on their home court, both blowouts which generated boos from their home crowd followed by early exits from the arena. The Heat are once again headed into a hostile crowd in San Antonio with all the pressure of the world on their shoulders as they look to live one more day by forcing a game six.
Can the Miami Heat extend this series or are they headed on an early fishing trip?
Keys to the Game:
San Antonio Spurs: Stop the Big 3. Bosh, Wade, and James are going to come out of the gate playing aggressive. Force the Heat to play defense and keep the ball moving which should tire out their core group of players.
Each of these players must a productive game but Kawhi Leonard is the key. Boris Diaw is huge asset for this team but Kawhi Leonard is the MVP of the series. The Spurs did NOT find any success in this series until after Leonard started putting up huge scoring numbers and making defensive stops.
Miami Heat: The “Big-3” must show up this game. LeBron James cannot continue to carry the weight of this team, he needs help and it doesn’t matter who it comes from. At some point in this series both Bosh and Wade have to make an appearance.
Key Players: LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and the Miami Heat bench.
Miami needs a spark from the bench. Udonis Haslem could provide that energy but the Heat will still require a knock down shooter. James Jones, Ray Allen, and Rashard Lewis must answer the call. The Heat cannot defeat the Spurs unless they get productivity from at least nine players.
Prediction: Spurs win, final score 103 – 98