Jun 12, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) reacts during the third quarter of game four of the 2014 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James on NBA Finals Game 4 loss to Spurs: 'We got smashed'


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.


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.

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