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Miami Heat VS San Antonio Spurs
Time and Date:
Friday 14th of June at 11:00 am AEST from the AT&T Center, San Antonio.
LIVE on Foxtel ESPN Australia (See TV Guide
for more series times and info).
The San Antonio Spurs responded to their Game 2 loss with a huge victory at home in Game 3, destroying the Miami Heat in the second half to win 77-113. The third largest margin of victory in NBA Finals history.
Incredible three-point shooting from Danny Green and Gary Neal blew out the Heat and gave the Spurs the series lead 2-1 with two home games remaining.
The Miami trap defense couldn't stop the Spurs long-range shooting thanks to some terrific ball movement as the Spurs found open shot after open shot.
On top of their superior downtown shooting, the Spurs denied LeBron James the paint, forcing him to make contested shots, severely limiting his offensive effectiveness.
The Heat will look to get LeBron James back to his previous Finals form, but to do that they'll need to work out how to beat Kawhi Leonard -- who has been extremely effective defending James -- and open up the paint.
To do this they must shoot better outside first, and see better efforts from the likes of Udonis Haslem, Mario Chalmers and Chris Bosh.
Their lone bright spot may be in the form of Mike Miller, who hit all five of his three-point attempts in Game 3.
The Spurs will keep looking to score on the fast break and give the ball to the open man. Their offensive rebounding in Game 3 was fantastic (19 on the night), if they keep dominating inside -- much like the Pacers did to Miami last round -- and shooting well outside then the Heat will continue to have trouble defending them.
Finally the Spurs had 29 assists in Game 3, if they can get that offensive ball movement going again in Game 4 they'll have a good chance at taking the series to 3-1.
Note that the Spurs' Tony Parker looks set to play in Game 4 after a strained hamstring, the Heat's Dwyane Wade is rumored to be dealing with his problematic knee again.
LeBron James. For the Heat ultimately it comes down to James, if he can find his aggressiveness and drive inside more the Heat have a shot at tying up the series. That includes better rebounding on offence and defense. We now know what happens when his teammates don't get it done on offence (like they did in Game 2), meaning even more pressure will be on the King.
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