On Thursday, the Miami Heat will look to bounce back from the awful performance they exhibited in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, where they were outscored by the San Antonio Spurs 63-33 in the second half alone.
This is a crucial game for both squads due to the significance of Game 4. If the Heat are able to win, they even the series and possibly gain back some momentum in this seven-game clash. If the Spurs are able to win, well, that would put Miami in a 3-1 hole, and no team in NBA Finals history has come back from a 3-1 deficit to win it all.
This will be a defining game for the Heat’s Big Three. LeBron James will need to score more than 20 points and assert his dominance in the game in order to silence his biggest doubters out there as to whether or not he is one of the G.O.A.T. Chris Bosh will need to be the big paint presence the Heat desperately needs against a Spurs frontline that is not backing down. Dwyane Wade (although injured) needs to push himself to the brink because this is the NBA Finals, and what better time to throw caution to wind in terms of health (I say this in slight jest)?
This game will truly make or break the Heat’s Big Three going forward. If they are to lose these NBA Finals, a lot of questions will arise to the future of this potential dynasty team. Bosh’s future with the Heat has always been in question, so look for him to potentially be traded.
This also will bring up James’s upcoming contract opt-out in 2014, where he could potentially flee to another team with more youth and a positive outlook. Even Wade, Miami’s hometown hero, will be considered for amnesty or trade options.
All of this could occur if the Heat aren’t able to secure a critical Game 4 victory in San Antonio tonight.