Last Night at the NBA Finals: Spurs duplicate Game 3 and crush Heat 107-86 in Game 4 to go up 3-1

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About says it all right? 

First things first…RIP Ruby Dee. You were as great a person as this world has ever had. Thank you. We will miss you, Maya Angelou and Yuri Kochiyama…

“Don’t ever underestimate the heart of a champion.” Those words were of course uttered by former Houston Rockets head coach Rudy Tomjanovich after the Rockets successfully repeated in 1995. Houston underachieved during the regular season yet defeated 4 higher seeds to reclaim the Larry O’Brien trophy. After getting blown out by the Spurs, what else will the Heat say to themselves after the Spurs smashed them for a second straight game 107-86 — at home? San Antonio now is one game away from winning another NBA title. If the Heat are to comeback, they’d be the first Finals team to ever do so.

31 teams have tried and 31 have failed.

Really not much to say here. The Spurs duplicated Tuesday night’s effort. Miami is confused on switches and scrambles to just put a hand in an open shooter’s face. That hand is not helping and it seems as if the Spurs are hitting everything and pummeling the defending champs into submission. Are the Heat a step slow or step behind? Whatever it is, it’s looking like Miami will step to the back jack. Miami is looking as if they’re playing a second or two in the past and San Antonio is their current basketball killer. Erik Spolestra is not having a good Finals and judging by his post game presser, he doesn’t have a clue how to turn this around. Where is Mike Beasley? Where is Udonis Haslem? Where is the fight? The lack of fight is what is most disappointing.

Perplexing is how such a great defensive team is getting picked apart and the Miami Heat lethargy is shocking.

Kawhi Leonard has done his part to energize the Spurs and has played very well on the road after two games at home. Patty Mills and Danny Green are hitting back breaking threes, but the key has been Pop starting Boris Diaw. He is a wizard and with everything the Spurs do to get to spots on the floor, he’s been great at distributing the ball right on time as another point guard. To keep the Heat honest, he’s popping that pretty turnaround and giving Miami yet another headache on the floor. Spurs are running free everywhere and everyone on the team is either looking to score or set up a basket. Some of the best teamwork I’ve seen by any team ever.

LeBron and the Heat know every second of Game 5 has to be theirs or the reign is over. Momentum has to come from within and that they return to the AT&T Center down 3-1 has to be humbling. The thing is, they don’t have time to feel sorry for themselves. Everything and everyone on the coaching staff and player roster can not give up and try to get this done one step at a time. The Heat are playing no slouches. I was wrong about the Spurs being overrated and because San Antonio has so many weathered veterans, you know they will go for the kill Sunday night.

Does LeBron James have it in him to will this team to a victory over the Spurs in seven games? We shall see.

I thought LeBron would shoulder the team and get this done, but even when he’s hot, his teammates haven’t made big plays. It appeared in Game 2 that the Heat solved the Spurs, but since that loss, San Antonio has played damn near perfect ball. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh shot a combined 8-24 for just 22 points in what was a must win game last night.  How does that happen?

LeBron will hear it loudly the next few days and if the Spurs do close out the Heat Sunday, it will be a long summer for LBJ as if the Heat haven’t ever won anything. This series has been so taxing in all aspects, but it’s the Spurs young players that are proving to want it more.  Big shots for everyone, and on the other end, the young players are getting hands on balls or helping to disrupt the Heat from attaining any rhythm.

That young energy sure does want the older cats already have huh?

I obviously don’t agree that this is the last go around for the team Miami assembles. Why would you break up such a team because it’s losing in the Finals after winning the two previous championships? Four straight Finals will wear down anyone, but this team has achieved much and if they do lose Sunday, why not add the necessary parts and keep the core?

The Melo talk is nothing until he signs in South Beach, so I honestly don’t want to hear anything of rumor.

See how bad the Spurs have beaten down the Heat? Yeah, the conversation is shifting to other possibilities and it looks like the Spurs are in that final gear to “get back to where they started from” if you will.

SAN ANTONIO SPURS (62-20)
FIELD GOALSREBOUNDS
POS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A +/- OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BS BA PTS
K. Leonard F 38:41 7-12 1-3 5-6 +23 5 9 14 3 3 3 1 3 0 20
T. Duncan F 30:45 4-10 0-1 2-2 +21 1 10 11 2 3 2 0 1 0 10
B. Diaw C 35:33 3-6 0-1 2-4 +15 3 6 9 9 0 1 2 0 0 8
D. Green G 19:19 3-5 3-5 0-0 -7 1 2 3 0 5 0 2 0 0 9
T. Parker G 35:01 8-15 0-2 3-4 +16 0 0 0 2 1 0 4 0 1 19
M. Ginobili 27:57 2-4 1-2 2-3 +27 0 1 1 2 3 0 4 0 0 7
T. Splitter 14:32 3-4 0-0 0-0 +1 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 6
M. Bonner 09:10 1-1 0-0 1-2 +6 0 2 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 3
P. Mills 16:10 5-8 4-6 0-0 +7 0 1 1 2 2 0 1 0 0 14
C. Joseph 03:48 1-1 0-0 0-0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
M. Belinelli 03:38 2-3 0-1 0-0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
A. Baynes 02:43 1-1 0-0 0-0 -1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
J. Ayres 02:43 0-0 0-0 3-4 -1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
Total 240 40-70 9-21 18-25 12 32 44 25 19 8 14 4 1 107
57.1% 42.9% 72.0% TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 14
MIAMI HEAT (54-28)
FIELD GOALSREBOUNDS
POS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A +/- OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BS BA PTS
L. James F 37:39 10-17 4-8 4-6 -21 0 8 8 2 0 0 3 0 0 28
R. Lewis F 15:44 1-4 0-2 0-0 -17 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 2
C. Bosh C 38:40 5-11 0-1 2-2 -15 0 4 4 0 2 2 2 0 1 12
D. Wade G 32:54 3-13 0-0 4-8 -9 0 2 2 4 4 4 3 0 1 10
M. Chalmers G 30:38 2-6 0-2 0-0 -14 0 0 0 5 3 1 1 0 1 4
R. Allen 29:35 3-6 2-4 0-0 -18 1 1 2 0 4 0 1 0 0 8
C. Andersen 10:17 1-4 0-0 3-4 -9 3 2 5 0 5 0 0 0 1 5
S. Battier 06:30 0-1 0-1 0-0 -4 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
N. Cole 17:21 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 4
T. Douglas 06:24 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
U. Haslem 10:15 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
J. Jones 02:43 4-4 3-3 0-0 +1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11
G. Oden 01:20 0-0 0-0 0-0 +1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Total 240 32-71 9-22 13-20 6 21 27 13 25 7 13 1 4 86
45.1% 40.9% 65.0% TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 13

INACTIVE

  • Spurs: Daye, James
  • Heat: Beasley, Hamilton

TECHNICAL FOULS

  • Spurs: –
  • Heat: Andersen

SCORING

  • Lead Changes: 1
  • Times Tied: 1

ARENA STATS

  • Arena: American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL
  • Officials: #17 Joe Crawford, #24 Mike Callahan, #49 Tom Washington
  • Attendance: 19900
  • Duration: 2:30

3 Responses to “Last Night at the NBA Finals: Spurs duplicate Game 3 and crush Heat 107-86 in Game 4 to go up 3-1”

  1. 7mackie7 says:

    “Four straight Finals will wear down anyone, but this team has achieved much and if they do lose Sunday, why not add the necessary parts and keep the core?” How you gonna add necessary parts with zero cap space, zero draft picks and zero expiring contracts? Just sprinkle some magic necessary parts dust? This here is the team. Ain’t nothing gonna change about it. Just add necessary parts? Please.

  2. CAvard says:

    The Heat just have to win Sunday. Nothing else.

    As for the media, they need to stop focusing on something that hasn’t happened yet. I’m talking about the Heat potentially acquiring Carmello Anthony. Yeah, it sounds great. But it’s totally irrelevant now. Stop reporting on damn hypotheticals.

    There, I got it off my chest.

  3. mapoui says:

    well Miami better lose on Sunday. that is my bet..that Miami loses in 5 games 4-1.

    the spurs are much better this year and Miami is worn down, with a supporting cast that cant make up the diff when the stars are not up to it.

    a Dynasty theses days is 2-3 years at max. the physical and mental toll is too great to carry for very long.

    and I would hate to see Carmelo go to Miami. that does not look like it will work.

    Miami needs to build a real team. 3 stars and make up bits and pieces has gone as far as it can go. its done. time to break up and build traditionally

    Carmelo needs to go to a team close to winning, that needs what he brings to get over. it would be silly for 4 stars to take massive pay cuts to get a fourth star that wont work. they still need young quality support.

    Chris Bosh also needs to move on to realise his full potential before he runs out of time.

    its all done by sunday. time for a change

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