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Both the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs excel at shooting the three, as evidenced by their numbers this postseason.
The Spurs (36.2 percent) and Heat (35.6 percent) rank second and third, respectively, in team three-point percentage in the playoffs, as Gregg Popovich and Erik Spoelstra both implement schemes that space the floor.
For Miami, the onus will be on Ray Allen, Shane Battier, Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole and Mike Miller. Cole has shot a team-best 57.7 percent from beyond the arc during the playoffs (among players with 20 or more attempts), while Allen has connected on 36.5 percent of his looks from distance.
However, Chalmers (30.6 percent) and Miller (27.8 percent) have both struggled to find their stroke from deep.
One player the Heat will lean on to pick up the slack is Chris Bosh. The rangy center has been true on 48.4 percent of his threes during the postseason and could play a significant role as he attempts to draw the Spurs' bigs away from the basket.
On the other side, San Antonio has a wider range of contributors to lean on from beyond the arc. Three of their players with 20 or more attempts from deep have shot better than 40 percent to this point (Matt Bonner, Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard).
To add to the Spurs' lethal attack, Tony Parker has shot 37.5 percent from three.
There's no doubting that the Spurs have a more potent attack from beyond the arc. Unfortunately, there's one factor working against them.
In the playoffs, the Spurs have allowed opponents to shoot 33.6 percent from three, nearly identical to the league average of 33.7 percent.
The Heat have been far stingier when it comes to guarding the three. Miami's defense has limited opponents to a 32.5 percent three-point conversion rate, a statistic that bodes well for the team's chances moving forward.