Where’s the Heat’s defense? How are the Spurs making all these thress?
Kris: The Heat have had trouble defending the three all season (see the games against the Knicks). It hasn’t come back to bite them so far throughout the playoffs until now. Their trapping/blitzing of the pick and roll leads to open shots when the ball is swung to the weak side of the floor. Right now, the Spurs are making them pay.
Ehsan: The Heat have some terrible rotations on three’s sometimes. Usually when they lack effort. They need to take more calculated gambles for steals and stick to their men. If you have not watched the first three games, Haslem can handle Duncan one-on-one and Splitter is not a huge offensive threat. No need for as many double teams as the Heat did in game 3. This especially against a great shooting team.
Justen: The defense was there for parts of the game, but once a team like the Spurs gets hot, there’s really no defense that can stop them. I mean, when Gary Neal is doing this what are/can you going to do?
Can the Heat still win this series?
Kris: Of course they can. They STILL have yet to get complete games from James, Wade, or Bosh. On one hand, that’s a bad thing, considering that those players have not been able to step it up (it’s “only” the NBA Finals, right), but it also means the Heat are only down 1-2 in this series without getting decent production from all three of their best players.
Ehsan: Yes, but they are going to need a more consistent effort and need to force Parker to turn the ball over. If they knock him out of his game, the rest of the Spurs usually tend to struggle as well. And, oh yeah, Mike Miller cannot be the go-to-guy on offense. (Looking at you here, LeBron.)
Justen: Yes, of course they can. But they have to win Game 4. I expect nothing short of a spectacular performance from everyone.