During Saturday’s news conference with the media, Tony Parker stated that his “hamstring could tear at anytime” during the NBA Finals. Parker also hinted that if this was the regular season, he would likely be out an additional 10 days. Too bad for the San Antonio Spurs that they have to get back to the NBA Finals on Sunday night. June 16th will be a huge day for the Spurs and Heat. Not only is it game 5 in San Antonio, but they also don’t know how much Parker can give the Spurs down the stretch. No matter what, the AT&T Center will be seeing their last game of the 2013 season. The game starts at 8 p.m. on ABC.
In game 4, Dwayne Wade finally played a complete game on both ends of the floor. Wade finished with 32 points, but more importantly for the Heat, he was a factor on both ends of the court.
Besides Tony Parker’s hamstring, the biggest question looms around Wade. Will he be able to duplicate the same numbers in a four quarter effort.
Tim Duncan stated that Game 5 is a “must win” for the Spurs.
Game 4 started off well for the Spurs and they had an early 10 point lead, but that quickly evaporated. The teams were tied at halftime, and it marked the fourth straight close first half.
Similar to game 2 and 3, the winning team made a strong second half run and ended up winning by double figure points. This time Miami won the second half by 16 points.
For Miami, Lebron James and the rest of the “Big 3” will try to put up similar numbers. They were aggressive and each ended with at least 20 points.
Will those jump shots fall in game 5? While Miami did a better job on Green from the perimeter, he still went 3-5 from beyond the arc. Gary Neal played fairly well also.
The missing piece to San Antonio’s attack has been Manu Ginobili. In wins he’s been consistent with getting the ball to paint and making the correct play, but in the losses, Ginobili has not stepped up to the plate. Manu still has not had one of those trademark scoring games we’ve seen throughout his career. He’s averaging 7.5 points in the finals.
The Heat went with a small lineup in game 4, and while they won the game Miller didn’t give them any offense. It remains to be seen if that was a one time move or a full time series adjustment.
Five questions for game 5.
Will San Antonio stay big against the Heat?
Can Manu Ginobili return to form?
Will Tony Parker’s hamstring hold up?
Can Chris Bosh give Miami the same energy in the paint?
Is Dwayne Wade Flash or was game 4 just a flash back?
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