Miami’s incredible streak of bouncing back after playoff losses will be tested in Game 4

Posted: 06/12/2014 in basketball
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The Miami Heat never lose a postseason game if they lost the previous outing, right?

That fact will be put to the test on Thursday when Miami faces the San Antonio Spurs in the pivotal Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

San Antonio shellacked the Heat in Game 3 to take a 2-1 series lead. Miami’s chances of winning the series are much better if they win tonight due to the format being changed from 2-3-2 to 2-2-1-1-1.

Lose Game 4 and Miami heads back to San Antonio with the Spurs having the chance to close it out.

So that streak looms large as tip-off approaches. The last 13 times the Heat have lost a playoff game, they have roared back to win the following game.

Miami needs to stretch that to 14 – or risk dropping its odds of winning a third straight title to a dire level. (See stellar preview here – http://www.ksat.com/sports/Spurs/2014-nba-finals/game-4-preview-spurs-at-heat/26453164)

Some other thoughts:

–Miami’s LeBron James figures to come out charging in Game 4 after being held to eight points over the final three quarters of Game 3. The Heat standout was outplayed by San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard (career-high 29 points) and his play doesn’t match up with a guy averaging 27.3 points in the series. Also alarming is that King James has more turnovers (15) than assists (13).

–Pretty amazing that San Antonio started Game 3 by making 19-of-21 shots and set an NBA Finals record by shooting 75.8 percent in a half. The Spurs obviously played superb but the Heat players certainly needed to take long looks at themselves in the mirror. That type of subpar defensive performance shouldn’t occur in Game 3 of the regular season, let alone Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

–Is Mario Chalmers home? Is he missing? Is an impostor wearing his jersey? Guys like Chalmers don’t typically win you an NBA Finals but they can help you lose one. The Spurs are dominating the point-guard matchup with Tony Parker and Patty Mills and Chalmers has been flat-out abysmal. He has 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting in the series with as many turnovers as assists (nine each).

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