With LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all suiting up for the Miami Heat, it’s almost easy to forget about some of the more talented role players surrounding “The Big Three” on the roster.
One player in particular that the San Antonio Spurs will need to keep a closer eye on is Rashard Lewis.
Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders reported on his Twitter account that several Spur players have taken notice of Lewis’ contributions through three games of the NBA Finals and that they’ll need to do a better job of containing him on the defensive end.
Several Spurs said they have to do a better job on Rashard Lewis, who has been excellent for MIA after barely playing in last year’s Finals.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 11, 2014
Lewis has scored in double-figures in each game of the series thus far. He dropped 14 points in San Antonio’s 111-92 Game 3 win on Tuesday night.
Since moving into the starting lineup at the power forward spot, Lewis has been a revelation, knocking down three-pointers and even getting himself to the rim on occasion. His ability to be a stretch-four in keeping the defense honest has allowed more breathing room for the likes of James and Wade to work their magic in the paint.
You can’t double-team Miami’s stars because of players like Lewis on the perimeter who can knock down the open shot.
Lewis had eight games during the regular season where he scored 10 or more points. During the playoffs, he’s hit that mark in each of his last five games dating back to the Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana Pacers.