Miami's return to form was all about their big 3. Duncan, Parker and Ginobili must lift another gear and force Miami to scramble on defense to win.[caption id="attachment_16668" align="aligncenter" width="375"] Christian Petersen / Getty Images North America[/caption]
MIAMI HEAT VS SAN ANTONIO SPURSTime and Date: Monday 17th of June at 10:00 am AEST from The AT&T Center, Texas. Coverage: LIVE Foxtel ESPN (See TV Guide for more series times and info) With the 2013 NBA Finals tied at 2-2 Game 5 comes down to the performance of the home team, the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs are consistently getting the contributions they need out of their bench during these playoffs. The problem lies with Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. They had a terrific performance in Game 1 of the series, but the argument can be made that none of the Spurs' 'Big 3' have played the same since the series opener. Becoming uncharacteristically turnover prone, the more mistakes the Spurs make the further they get from their game plan and playstyle. Their leading scorers against the Miami Heat are Danny Green (66 points), followed by Tim Duncan (61), Tony Parker (55) and surprisingly Gary Neal (54). Duncan and Parker have 10 turnovers each to lead all Finals players, and to make matters worse both are shooting well below 50 percent. We haven't even got to Manu Ginobili, perhaps the most significant under-performing Spur. Lucky to be tied at 2-2 based on those numbers, the Spurs must recapture the magic before it's too late. In Game 4 LeBron James and the Miami Heat got right back on track, shooting 52 percent on the night, forcing 18 turnovers and scoring 50 points inside the paint. That's Heat basketball. James and Dwyane Wade both scored over 30 points and Chris Bosh 20. Miami's return to form was all about finding shots for their Big 3 no matter what defense the Spurs offered up. The role players off the bench didn't have much to do other than stand in the corner and pull down some rebounds. The team was living and dying on Wade, James and Bosh. Not a bad option. Duncan, Parker and Ginobili must take it upon themselves to take care of the ball and force Miami to scramble on defense. Slick passing, precision cuts, hard screens and high tempo will get those three going and the role players will feed off them. Watch For: Tony Parker. Parker told the media he wasn't 100 percent in Game 4 and his fatigue showed after his brilliant first quarter rolled onto a scoreless second half with only three assists. Publicly stating he'll be 100 percent for Game 5, this is where Finals MVP's are made.
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