The Miami Heat are set to take on the San Antonio Spurs tonight for a crucial Game 3 of the NBA Finals. The winner of Game 3 wins over 92 percent of the time. The only team that has lost after claiming a Game 3 victory was the 2011 Miami Heat facing the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals. This winner of this game could potentially hold the momentum for the rest of the series.
With the dismantling of the Spurs in Game 2, the Heat are going to need to figure out a way to replicate these plays in order to snatch this crucial win in San Antonio. Even with LeBron James struggling mightily on the offensive end, the defensive intensity was enough from the entire team to push the Spurs into 17 turnovers. This allowed the Heat to play their style of basketball, which is creating points off of turnovers. If the Heat have any chance of winning Game 3, they will need to not only pressure Tony Parker off the pick and roll, but double team all low post threats, which is mainly Tim Duncan. The Heat players may not be large in stature, but they have enough speed and athleticism to narrow that gap to make this a close contest.
One of the other huge factors in Game 2 was the Heat bench and role players. Not only did Mario Chalmers have an exceptional game (19 points, four rebounds, two assists), but also both Ray Allen and Mike Miller were scorching from beyond the arc (6-8 collectively). Even on a night when James was offensively at his worst, it didn’t matter. The Heat will need this type of shooting from their bench and role players to have any shot of claiming a Game 3 victory.
With tonight’s game being a potential momentum changer, both teams will come out aggressive. Both squad’s Big Threes have had their share of high and low moments in these past two games. Get ready for a seesaw series. We can only hope to see five more games of beautiful basketball from these two-storied franchises.