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NBA Finals 2013: Complete Viewing Guide for Pivotal Game 6 of Heat vs. Spurs

SAN ANTONIO, TX - JUNE 16:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat reacts late in the fourth quarter while taking on the San Antonio Spurs during Game Five of the 2013 NBA Finals at the AT&T Center on June 16, 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 Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Alex KayCorrespondent IJune 18, 2013

Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals promises to be one of the best in the series, as the defending champion Miami Heat have their backs against the wall and must stave off elimination at the hands of the surging San Antonio Spurs.

The action returns to South Beach for this Tuesday night thriller, and you know the home crowd will do its best to will Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Co. to victory.

It’s likely they don’t even need the extra jolt, as these proven champions know the stakes. They have lost on the biggest stage before, watching the Dallas Mavericks celebrate on the floor at AmericanAirlines Arena in 2011.

Let’s take a look at where you can watch this thrilling game, highlight which player to keep an eye on, check out my prediction on the final score and more.

 

When: Tuesday, June 18, at 9 p.m. ET

Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

Watch: ABC

 

Key Player: LeBron James

The league’s reigning MVP has to dig deep in Game 6, proving to himself and his detractors that he has the cutthroat, ruthless mentality that marked all the greats that have come before him.

Considering James is easily the best player in the world and capable of dominating any opponent almost single-handedly, he’s going to need to put the team on his back and show us once and for all tonight.

In Game 6 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals, James ascended to this rare state of basketball enlightenment, dropping 45 points on the Boston Celtics and forcing a critical Game 7—which his Heat would obviously go on to win.

If he can get to that level again, James will be able to shred the Spurs defense and disrupt their offense while carrying the scoring load and doing everything else required for his side to emerge with the “W.”

 

Big Stat: Only Three Teams Have Been Here and Succeeded

The Heat are certainly down, but they aren’t out, as history as shown us throughout the years.

Due to the 2-3-2 format of the Finals, Miami gets to play the next two contests at home. They could follow a few notable teams into the history books as yet another squad to emerge victorious in this situation.

Here's a visual, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Info:

The 2010 Lakers were led by Kobe Bryant, the 1994 Rockets had Hakeem Olajuwon at the helm and the 1988 Lakers were run by Magic Johnson in his prime. If LBJ is truly going to be remembered as one of the greatest of all time, he has to join this exclusive fraternity by winning Game 6 and 7.

 

Prediction

The Spurs and Heat have been trading blows ever since San Antonio delivered the opening salvo in Game 1. Now, it’s once again Miami’s turn to get a win and force the decisive Game 7.

While Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will have his players motivated and ready to close out, the Heat simply have the more talented roster and the players have every reason to give every last thing they can muster in this one.

In the NBA, talent usually trumps all, which is something that will once again prove true tonight.

Don’t be surprised if the Heat run away with this one on the back of a strong, motivated effort from James and the rest of the supporting cast.

Heat 103 – Spurs 95

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