Game 5 of the 2014 NBA Finals is scheduled to start tonight at 8 PM ET on ABC.
Did anyone expect Game 5 to be an elimination game?
Did anyone expect the San Antonio Spurs to march into Miami and steal two games in the American Airlines Arena—two blowouts, actually.
Well, now it’s time to wrap this all up.
The Spurs head home to the confines of the AT&T Center for a chance to win the 2014 championship on their home court.
But home court advantage certainly doesn’t mean anything anymore in this series, after the Miami Heat stole Game 2 in San Antonio and the Spurs stole Games 3 and 4 in Miami.
Give Chris Bosh credit for confidence in the face of the greatest odds. The Miami Heat center wasn’t the least bit shy about what he expects to happen tonight in Game 5 of The Finals against the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center.
“We’re not going down,” he said. “So we’re going to win this game tonight … plain and simple we’re going to win this game.”
It’s not the classic guarantee you might be used to, but in this series filled with some of the most polite animosity displayed between two teams, Bosh’s Game 5 edict with the Heat on the brink of elimination at 3-1 ranks right up there with Tim Duncan‘s “we’re going to do it this time,” comment that came in the lead up to Game 1.
“I don’t care about any guarantees we’re just going to win this game,” Bosh said. “Take it how you want it.”
The Heat are facing historic odds. No team has ever come back from a 3-1 deficit in The Finals.
Indeed, no team has come back from a 3-1 deficit, and it would be very puzzling, to say the least, if Miami turned around and won three consecutive games; especially since the Spurs have been playing both lockdown defense and and draining every shot.
Can Miami stay alive?