The San Antonio Spurs have taken a 2-1 lead over the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, but this series is far from over.
While the Spurs have a chance to end this matchup by winning the next two home games, the defending champs only need one more win to send the series back to Miami for good. This is what makes the 2-3-2 format so exciting.
Despite the Spurs' recent 36-point win in Game 3, this is still anyone's series. Here is a look at how the rest of the matchup is expecting to play out in the coming weeks.
Full Schedule (via ESPN)
|Game||Date||Time (ET)||Home Team||TV|
|4||June 13||9 p.m.||Spurs||ABC|
|5||June 16||8 p.m.||Spurs||ABC|
|6||June 18||9 p.m.||Heat||ABC|
|7||June 20||9 p.m.||Heat||ABC|
Even though Miami struggled in its most recent game, fans should expect a better effort in Game 4. Primarily, there is little chance the Spurs will be able to shoot 16-of-32 from three-point range, which will make this a closer matchup.
In addition, LeBron James knows that he struggled last game with his inability to get to the basket. He settled for jump shots, and this is likely to change in the upcoming game.
Prediction: Heat 92, Spurs 89
Once again, the Spurs come back strong after losing a game in this series. Tony Parker should be closer to full strength after straining his hamstring in Game 3 (via USA Today ), which would make a huge impact in the game.
While Tim Duncan is still a great player and the supporting cast continues to get better, Parker is the catalyst of the organization. He also recently finished one of the best years of his career with an average of 20.3 points and 7.6 assists per game.
Playing at home for the final time this year, San Antonio should feed off the crowd to put together a dominant winning effort.
Prediction: Spurs 95, Heat 81
As the series returns to Miami, the Heat will expect to have the advantage. Unfortunately, this will not necessarily be the case down 3-2.
One of the biggest stats to follow in this matchup is the rebounding totals for each team. San Antonio will almost certainly win the battle on the boards almost every time out. Miami simply has to keep the totals close.
The problem in this series is the lack of production out of Chris Andersen. While this would not have been expected a month ago, the Birdman has been a big part of the Heat's success due to his high-energy play and his skill at rebounding.
San Antonio has forced the Heat to use a smaller lineup, and Andersen has remained on the bench.
In this game, the Spurs will dominate on the boards and finish off the series with a 4-2 victory.
Prediction: Spurs 86, Heat 80
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