Following a record-breaking performance from Danny Green in Game 5, the San Antonio Spurs head to Miami up 3-2 vs. the Heat in the 2013 NBA Finals.
Sporting News tells the tale of Green's clutch performance against Miami throughout the first five games of the Finals series.
The Spurs cruised to a 114-104 victory in Game 5, as Tony Parker was the high man for San Antonio, with 26 points. Manu Ginobili also played a huge role, erupting for 24 points and 10 assists in a breakout game for the 35-year-old veteran.
With their backs against the wall, the Heat will attempt to win the next two games en route to a second consecutive championship, but it all begins with Game 6.
When: Tuesday, June 18 at 9 p.m. ET
Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL
On the brink of elimination and coming home for the final two games, the Heat have to come out aggressive in order to even up the series. To me, that means going off for 30 points in the first quarter, which is something Miami has yet to do this series.
As you can see in the graph, the Heat jumped out to 29 points in the 16-point Game 4 win, which was key in the Heat setting an early tone.
Another change we may see in Game 6 is a different starting lineup for Miami. We haven't seen much of Chris Andersen of late and Udonis Haslem's minutes have been diminished, and the Heat's smaller lineup hasn't exactly worked out well for Erik Spoelstra.
The Heat definitely have the odds against them though, as ESPN Stats & Info shows.
Heat: Seeking to become 4th team under 2-3-2 format to win Games 6 and 7 at home in Finals after trailing series 3-2 pic.twitter.com/Ll8UVRBNil— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 17, 2013
On the other side of things, the Spurs have all of the momentum heading into Tuesday night's showdown, with Green shooting the lights out and Ginobili reverting back to his old ways.
How does this series end?
If San Antonio continues its stellar defense on LeBron and keeps forcing the Heat into contested jump shots, the Spurs will be well on their way to a fifth NBA championship.
James and Dwyane Wade will have to be the leaders for Miami in the final two games of the series, but they also need role players like Ray Allen, Mike Miller, Norris Cole and Haslem to step up and take some of the pressure off of the Big Three.
Ultimately, Game 6 will come down to which role players step up to aid each team's Big Three.