By Ryan Ratty @RyanRattyNFL on June 14, 2014
At 3-1, the Miami Heat are on the brink of elimination, while the San Antonio Spurs are just one win away from their fifth NBA championship. Game 5 will be played in San Antonio and the Spurs will have the chance to win the championship on their own floor. Despite all of that, LeBron James is the best player in the world and he will do whatever it takes to keep this Miami team from losing. Here are five bold predictions for Game 5.
Danny Green was on fire in the 2013 NBA Finals. In that series, Green set the all-time NBA record for three-pointers in the finals. A year later, Green hasn't performed at the same level, but he has done a good job knocking down shots when called upon. The Spurs love to spread the floor and Green will be a huge beneficiary because of that in tomorrow night's game.
Chris Bosh has always been criticized around the league for being the third wheel to LeBron and Wade, but when Bosh gets the necessary touches on offense, the Heat's percentage of winning goes up drastically. Bosh only got around 10 touches in Game 3 and that was a big reason why Miami lost that game. The Heat need to make it an initiative to feed Bosh early and often.
The series turned when Kawhi Leonard started to attack on the offensive end in Game 3. Leonard has also done a good job limiting LeBron in recent games, but coach Popovich called out Leonard after his performances in Games 1 and 2. Although he is not thought of when people think of the Spurs, Leonard is a natural San Antonio player. He's soft-spoken, plays great defense, and does all of the little things that help his team win basketball games.
It seems like LeBron James hasn't had a bad game in years, outside of his Game 4 performance against the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals. James is a one-man machine and despite his team's deficiencies, James will still have a special game in Game 5. It wouldn't surprise me at all if James had a triple-double in this one, but I doubt that given the double teams the Spurs use on him.
On their home floor, the Spurs will have their best chance to win the series. Game 3 and Game 4 have told us that San Antonio is the much better team. Although LeBron James is playing lights out, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh haven't played well in this series and that will ultimately be the reason why Miami loses this series. By winning Game 5, the Spurs will show NBA fans who the greatest dynasty in the past 20 years is and that's San Antonio.
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