Game 4 of the NBA Finals is set for Thursday, June 12, 9 p.m. in San Antonio, on ABC. With the Spurs holding a 2-1 lead in the series, San Antonio is halfway to the 2013 championship, but they have a long way to go. The AT&T Center was rocking during the game 3 blowout of the Heat. Now the Spurs have a chance to put a cushion in the series lead Thursday night.
The Spurs hit an NBA record 16 3-pointers in game 3 to dispatch the Heat. The amazing shooting performance put on by Danny Green and Gary Neal will be hard to duplicate, but each player has to be productive on the offensive end. Green has made 16 3-pointers in the first three games.
The hamstring injury to Tony Parker was a non factor in last game. Parker went to the training room in the 3rd quarter, and made a brief appearance in the 4th before sitting the rest of the game. Tony Parker is listed as day to day with the grade 1 injury and will give it a go in pre game warm ups. While he was not a major factor in the stat column on Tuesday, his mere presence on the court provided spacing for the San Antonio perimeter game.
Lebron James has been bothered by the Spurs defensive philosophy. San Antonio has been playing off of James and going under the screens. So far, Lebron hasn’t been able to penetrate the defense with great success, and his jump shot has been inconsistent. Look for James to be more aggressive on the offensive end in the first quarter. Will Lebron end up forcing more shots early in the game?
Most of the Heat players struggled offensively on Tuesday. Haslem and Chalmers went scoreless in San Antonio. Dwayne Wade and Lebron James combined to shoot 14-36 from the field in game 3. Bosh hit 4-10 shots from the field and finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Kawhi Leonard has done a terrific job of bothering James on the defensive end, and he has been great on the glass. He still needs to give the Spurs double figure points in game 4.
Tim Duncan has been solid on both ends of the floor, but he hasn’t been spectacular throughout the series. Duncan finished game 3 with a solid double- double.
Mike Miller was 5-5 from downtown in game 3 and finished with 15 points. Miller has been lights out in the first three games and is shooting 90% from beyond the arc.
Each game has taken on its own separate identity in the second half. The home team has had a small lead at halftime in all of the games. In San Antonio’s two wins, they have hit two buzzer beaters.
Five NBA Finals questions for game 4.
Will Miami have a player reach 20 points?
Will Tony Parker be available to play significant minutes?
Can Kawhi Leonard continue to stay in front of Lebron?
Will game 4 be close after consecutive blowouts?
Which role players will have a bigger impact on the game?
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