The Miami Heat have their backs against the wall in game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals, and head coach Erik Spoelstra is not willing to reveal the starting lineup of the team until it’s time for tip-off.
These Finals have been highlighted by the adjustments the teams have made from game to game. When things were not working out, Spoelstra decided to pull Udonis Haslem out of the starting lineup and instead showed his confidence in Mike Miller. Gregg Popovich countered this by going small himself. He pulled out center Tiago Splitter and instead opted to start Manu Ginobili.
According to Marc J. Spears’ Twitter, Spoelstra said the following:
On whether starters remain the same tonight, Spo smiled and said, “We’ll find out.”
Both lineup changes ultimately proved to be successful, so it’s really interesting to see whether Spoelstra reverts back to his original lineup or continues to play small. Haslem has not really found a way to be effective in this series, so it’s probably quite likely that the Heat will start the same way they did in game 5. Going small has worked better for the team, which has resulted in Chris Andersen being completely shut out of the rotation after a very successful postseason.