This is not the way the Miami Heat envisioned the 2014 NBA Finals going, nor any fan of their’s for that matter. Actually, not many basketball fans in general expected the San Antonio Spurs to not just be up three games to one after four, but having gotten to this point by walking into the American Airlines Arena and having an easy time two games in a row.
But, that’s exactly what has happened.
Thursday night the Spurs captured their third win of the series, 107-86. In doing so, the Spurs shot 57.1 percent from the field and outrebounded the Heat 44-27. Oh, and to top it all off, once again displaying the teamwork that has made the Spurs under Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan such a force over the past 17 years, they won the assists battle as well, 25-13.
After the game, there really weren’t any excuses that the Heat could use for this one, much like the Game 3 loss. LeBron James, who led Miami in the loss with 28 points and eight rebounds, pretty much stated the obvious.
“They smashed us… They came in and were much better than us in these two games. It’s that simple.” – LeBron James #LIVEonSC
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 13, 2014
What else is obvious is the fact that the Heat are in a bad way at this moment. Having now been blown out in two straight home games to put them on the edge of elimination, they now will head back to San Antonio for a must-win Game 5.
Now, there’s no more room for “They smashed us.” James and the Heat have to be the ones doing the smashing, or else it’s going to be a long summer in south Florida.