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2014 NBA Finals: Heat Unable To Match Spurs’ Intensity In Game 4

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There was supposed to be no way the San Antonio Spurs could play as well as they did in Game 3 of the 2014 NBA Finals. Technically, they didn’t in Game 4. But in many ways they played even better, despite the fact they weren’t able to shoot a record percentage from the field.

The Spurs were once again a well oiled machine on Thursday night. Their play in the first half was flat out fun to watch at times, and what you could call clinic-like. From rapid ball movement, to extra passes and slam dunks — San Antonio did it all about as well as you can do from a team perspective.

Extreme haters will somehow try to make this about LeBron James not being great enough. But in the case of the last two Finals games, a statement like that couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s not about LeBron’s greatness, it’s about the Spurs flat out being a better basketball team than the Miami Heat right now.

Series can change in a heartbeat. Miami could easily come out and stun the Spurs on their home court in Game 5. Adjustments are always made and you never know what the future holds in a championship series.

But with all that being said, there are absolutely zero signs pointing to the Heat turning this series around. They’re simply not matching the Spurs intensity, and they might not be talented enough top-to-bottom to right the ship at this point.

The Spurs are a team on a mission. They’re playing with a sense of urgency at all times, and frankly seem to want this series more than the Heat do.

It’s hard to see San Antonio coming out flat in the potential series-clinching Game 5. The AT&T Center is going to be jacked and the Spurs will be going for the kill. That means it will likely be up to Miami to outplay San Antonio. Thus far in the Finals, the Heat have outplayed the Spurs for about 10 minutes.

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