Miami Heat: What To Expect Moving Forward

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Jun 11, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1), Mario Chalmers (15), Ray Allen (34) LeBron James (6) 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

If you’re the type of person that loves to hate on the Heat and pick apart every little thing they do, then you’re going to love what I am about to talk about; Tony Parker. In my opinion, the best point guard in the NBA over the past decade is Tony Parker. If you look at what he has done throughout his career, you have to admire his dedication to the game of basketball. His work ethic and drive to win puts him in a class of very few players. During these playoffs, Parker has been an absolute beast. His passes, shots and cuts have all be on point and as a result, the Spurs are in the position they are now in. As we all know by now Tony Parker has a grade one strain in his hamstring. If the Heat do in fact go onto win tomorrow’s ball game, everyone is going to say “They only won the game because the Spurs’ best player is hurt!” Well, if the Heat win and you say that, then shame on you. If you look at how this Miami Heat basketball team responds after a loss, you can’t say that they will win only because Parker is hurt. The last time the Heat lost back to back games was in January. What might be more impressive than that is the Heat’s average margin of victory after a loss since January is a ridiculous 19.8 points. I am expecting Tony Parker to play and I think he will play very well; however, if the Heat win, it won’t be because of any injury related to TP9.

Gary Neal and Danny Green, two players who have basically come from nowhere and have now had a huge impact on this Finals series. Last game, these two combined to score more than the Heat’s entire starting line-up. Although that is a stat that should have never happened, it did. But, in my honest opinion, I don’t believe the Heat have to worry about this happening again. It might sound a little ignorant, but yes, I am downplaying Gary Neal and Danny Green’s combined performance in Game Three. The fact that it happened was a fluke. I cannot see this Heat team come out and allow that same sort of performance to happen again. I am not exactly too concerned with the Heat’s defense because the Spurs hit just about every shot they took last night. As a defense there isn’t really much that you can do, when a team like San Antonio gets hot — you pretty much catch yourself standing there watching in awe; however, knowing this Heat team, tomorrow will be a much different story.

With Game Four being a must-win game for Miami, I expect them to come out on fire. It’s time for the king to come back to life. Tomorrow LeBron will score over 30 points and have yet another double-double, with D-Wade and Chris Bosh backing him up with fantastic performances as well. The Heat win by 7, tying the series up at two games apiece.

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