2014 NBA Finals Game 3 is Tonight!
May 30, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forwardLeBron James
(middle) leads teammates in celebration from the bench during the second half in game six of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Indiana Pacers at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Game 3 of the 2014 NBA Finals begins tonight at 9:00 PM ET on ABC in Miami.
LeBron James dominated the San Antonio Spurs in Game 2, primarily in the second half, but the Spurs still had a few positives to work with going into Game 3. From Pounding the Rock:
In Sunday’s game, the Spurs had more assists than the Heat (26 to 16), more offensive rebounds (11 to 5), more bench points (37 to 12), four more three pointers (12 to 8), one more steal (7 to 6), and two fewer turnovers (11 to 13). It’s not often that the team that wins the numbers game in those statistics loses the contest, but that just shows how hot the Heat got towards the end of Game 2.
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San Antonio still looks like the better team after the first two outings and simply needs to hold LeBron to a mortal performance (easier said than done) for the rest of the series. The Heat don’t seem to be strong enough outside of their biggest star to fill in the holes left when he is held at bay or on the bench. The Spurs are far deeper and will to need rely on that depth as they trudge through the rest of this Finals series.
As anyone who watched Game 2 could have guessed, Dwyane Wade was fined $5,000 for his flop in the second half to give Manu Ginobili his third foul.
The funniest part is that it happened to Ginobili—the king of flops.
As Featured Columnist Dimitri Skoumpourdis points out, it’s now Battleground Miami:
After a thrilling run of faulty air conditioning, incapacitating cramps and a pre-game yoga session in which LeBron James‘ mantra was clearly revenge, the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat are tied at one game a piece as the scene for this NBA Finals grudge match shifts to the powdery white sands of South Beach.
With the loss, the pressure rests squarely on the San Antonio Spurs.
The Spurs head to King James’ Palace with a focus on recreating the same team basketball that had them earn the top seed in the grueling Western Conference and a mere 28.2 seconds away from being crowned champions in 2013.
The goal is simple—force the series back to the friendly confines of the AT&T Centerin San Antonio.
History suggests that nothing can prepare us for the drama and intensity that looms at American Airlines Arena when these two basketball heavyweights take their places for the next act of this epic series.
The Game 3 winner of the NBA Finals goes on to win the series 83.3 percent of the time, according to Numbers Never Lie—that’s 30 out of 36 times.
And when tied one apiece after the first two games, the Miami Heat have gone on to win the last six series through the NBA playoffs.
But don’t be scared, Spurs fans, remember when the Oklahoma City Thunder had history on their side last series?
Miami stole a win in San Antonio and gained home-court advantage, so it is vital the Spurs head back to the AT&T Center with at least one win in the American Airlines Arena.
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