2013 NBA Finals: Spurs Will Get Stranglehold on Heat with Big Game 4 Win

Andrew SmithContributor IIIJune 13, 2013

SAN ANTONIO, TX - JUNE 11:  Danny Green #4 of the San Antonio Spurs reacts after making a three-pointer in the fourth quarter against the Miami Heat during Game Three of the 2013 NBA Finals at the AT&T Center on June 11, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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If the San Antonio Spurs’ blowout win in Game 3 was a devastating body shot to the Miami Heat’s title hopes, the haymaker the Spurs have in store for Game 4 will be just as demoralizing.

The Spurs have three things going for them: confident outside shooters, a balanced scoring attack and a been-there-done-that attitude. Those factors will not change tonight and are what will power San Antonio to a 3-1 series lead.

The Spurs’ three-point barrage in Game 3 was not a mirage. Should you expect San Antonio to drill double-digit three-pointers again in Game 4? Perhaps not. But if given the same looks the Heat afforded the Spurs Tuesday night, San Antonio will burn them again—Danny Green’s 50 percent three-point shooting in the playoffs proves that.

San Antonio has also found multiple ways to hurt Miami on the offensive end. In Game 1, Tony Parker and Tim Duncan led the way with a combined 41 points. Green, Gary Neal and Kawhi Leonard emerged in Game 3, totaling 65 points between the three of them.

Right now, almost every Spurs player is a threat to score, and accordingly, the Heat cannot afford to overcommit to any single shooter out of fear of leaving someone open. The advantage for San Antonio here is that Miami’s defense has become stretched too far and put in awkward positions, unable to trap the Spurs as they did in Game 2.

Finally, the experience the Spurs can lean on is crucial. Parker, Duncan and Manu Ginobili have combined to win four NBA Championships, and though this series marks the third-straight Finals appearance for Miami’s “Big 3,” San Antonio has the edge in being able to put teams away that are bouncing against the ropes.

The question now is: will the Heat pick themselves up off the mat, or will the Spurs win Round 4?