By Dave Daniels @AllDave_AllDay on June 2, 2014
The Miami Heat have seen this rodeo before, but I am not totally sure they are ready for it this time. The San Antonio Spurs are playing some of the most beautiful basketball that I have seen in a long time, and the depth of their bench is the main reason. Here are the five things that the Heat must do if they want to achieve a three-peat.
This will free up the Heat's shooters, and it could be the true key to the series. Expect the Spurs to be extremely prepared for James, and they should be quite rested too. I don't think LeBron will be able to post up effectively in game 1, but he could figure it out by the end of the series.
Wade's three point shot was falling against the Pacers, and he might test it out a few times against the Spurs too. His slashes to the rim will not have a lot of space unless that jumper is falling, because Gregg Popovich's momma didn't raise a fool.
Shaq would probably say this if TNT were broadcasting the Finals, so I will just say it for him. Going to miss Sir Charles Barkley and that whole crew, but they should all be back next year. It will be role players like Rashard Lewis and Ray Allen who make the difference between victory and defeat for the Heat.
Remember when LeBron missed that shot in game 6, and you could literally hear the writers typing out the defeat story. Well, Ray Allen changed up the script, but James must bring a little bit better precision to his shooting if he wants the result to remain the same.
Expect Ray Allen to look quite comfortable in the corner, and you can bet that the Spurs will have someone on him this time around. Also, Popovich will not sub Tim Duncan out of crunch time in this series, and you can write that down in ink.
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