2013 NBA Finals: What To Watch For During Game 4

By Michael Rehome

Jun 11, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1), Ray Allen (34), LeBron James (6), Norris Cole (30) and Dwyane Wade (3) react during a time-out against the San Antonio Spurs in the fourth quarter during game three of the 2013 NBA Finals at the AT

We are going to go away from the Keys To Victory for game four as there are a few headlines that are out that will keep us thinking through the game tonight at the AT&T Center.  The San Antonio Spurs will look to take a 3-1 lead over the Miami Heat.  Coming off of a record setting night nailing 16 three pointers, and completing taking the Miami Heat out of the game with a 113 to 77 point victory, there are many hoping and wondering if we will see the same output during game four.

Lets dive right into what to look for during game four.

  • Tony Parker and his strained hamstring.  This is going to be an area that many people will be looking at.  Tim Duncan said it best that if Parker did not play in game four, it would of been a huge loss.  That is why Parker is so important to this team.  He has proven that he does not need to score 25+ a game in order for this team to win.  It is what he does on the floor, his penetrating and able to find his teammates on the perimeter that makes it hard for defenders to think whether they should leave whom they are guarding to stop Parker.
  • More Aggressive LeBron.  He did not go to the foul line one time during game three.  I expect him to come in looking to attack the rim with aggression and help lead this team to tie the series at two games a piece.  What the Spurs are doing to take him out of the game is going underneath screens leaving him no choice but to shoot jumpers.
  • Mike Miller To Start.  He has been the hot hand off of the bench for Miami.  We are hearing that he will possibly get the start tonight to help with the lack of scoring the Heat had in game three.
  • “Young Three”.  Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green and Gary Neal had games that many, even the Miami Heat would not of imagined.  Leonard has been a rebounding beast and has given San Antonio a huge plus in that category.  Green and Neal helped the Spurs in the record books.  As a team they nailed 16 three pointers.  Between the two of them 13 of 19 from beyond the arc.  We will be watching how the trio comes out in game four.  Their confidence has to be at an all time high right now.