Heat vs. Spurs: What Must Change for Miami to Even Series in Game 4
The San Antonio Spurs dominated the visiting team with a 113-77 victory. Although the Heat were coming off a blowout win of their own, the team is now in trouble. Two more home wins for the Spurs will end the series.
While a lot went wrong in Game 3 for Miami, a few key things can turn everything around. Here is a look at the biggest changes the Heat must make to get a win in Game 4 and even the series.
Guard the 3
There is little chance that San Antonio will be as successful from deep as the team was on Tuesday night. The squad made 16 threes, including an incredible 13-of-19 performance from Gary Neal and Danny Green.
These are two talented players, but the Spurs are not counting on this showing in every game.
Still, this is not a complete fluke either. The squad was fourth in the league in three-point shooting during the regular season at 37.6 percent, and that number has improved to 37.8 percent in the postseason.
When left open, the team will continue to drain shots, as it showed with 14 threes against the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.
Miami cannot allow these types of open shots in the next few games. The squad has the athleticism to cover a lot of ground, but defensive lapses have left the players open.
If this continues, the Spurs will keep making these shots and the Heat will not have a chance to catch up.
Win the Rebounding Battle
As the worst rebounding team in the NBA during the regular season, there was little reason to believe the Heat were going to win the battle on the glass during this series.
The squad is undersized in the frontcourt and should expect to lose out on rebounds to gain an advantage in other areas.
However, the team has to do a better job of at least closing the gap on these numbers. That was not the case in Game 3, as the Spurs outrebounded the Heat 52-36. While a lot of this has to do with the amount of missed shots, San Antonio finished with 19 offensive rebounds in the game.
After an incredible series against the Indiana Pacers, Birdman has been invisible in the finals. He is one of a few players who must step up in the Miami frontcourt.
Get to the Basket
This section is mostly devoted to LeBron James, who has looked like a shell of his usual self in the last couple of games. Although he is filling up the box score in rebounds and assists, his scoring just hasn't been there.
In three games, James has failed to reach 20 points in any of them and struggled with his efficiency. Not only is he missing shots, but he's not getting himself to the free-throw line where he usually gets a big portion of his points.
San Antonio has been playing great defense against him, laying back and forcing him to shoot over the top. While he has improved as a shooter over the years, he is still much better near the basket.
In the next few games, James cannot afford to just take what the defense gives him. The wing must be more aggressive to drive to the basket where he can either score or get to the charity stripe.
The Heat need James' scoring to survive in this series, or else the team will be eliminated in the next few games.
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