So much for the Miami Heat’s illustrious playoff home winning streak. The San Antonio Spurs had no intention of letting the Heat keep the home field advantage they stole in Game 2 and came out hotter than any team in NBA history in Game 3. The result was a thorough whipping that left LeBron James and the Heat searching for answers.
With Game 4 tonight, the Heat can potentially let this series get away if they don’t find a defensive answer for the Spurs offense. A Miami win will send this series back to Texas all knotted up, while a loss will require the Heat to win three games in a row, including two on the road, to complete their quest for a three-peat.
The last game was over before it really began as the Spurs came out for the first game in Miami and barely missed a shot. In fact, they hit 19 of their first 21 shots and ended up shooting 75.8 percent in the first half, an NBA Finals record that should stand for many years to come.
Chris Bosh had scored 18 points in the first two games of the series. In Game 3, Bosh only took four shots the entire game. The lack of offense put a lot of pressure on James to carry the team on his shoulders and it showed as the Heat star turned the ball over seven times. As a team the Heat coughed up the ball to the Spurs a total of 20 times.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich knows all too well that the Heat are far from done in this series. James always plays well after a loss and the Heat have not lost consecutive playoff games in years. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra will make adjustments, and the likelihood of the Spurs blowing out the Heat again is fairly small.
Last year the Spurs found themselves in this same situation, up 2-1 in the series, and went on to lose in seven games. Miami hopes history will find a way to repeat itself.
If the Spurs win out then tonight’s Game 4 will be the last game of the 2014 NBA Finals played in Miami. Find everything you need to watch the Heat vs Spurs free streaming live online or on TV by using the information below.
Start Time: 9pm EST / 6pm PST
Location: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami
Where to Watch on TV: ABC Sports
Live Stream: ESPN 3, WatchESPN.com or Watch ESPN app
Final Score Prediction: Heat 103, Spurs 90