3. It’s all knotted up at 2-2, which means the series is now essentially best-of-three. What do the Heat need to do to win the Finals? What do the Spurs need to do to win the Finals?
Ehsan: Both teams need their Big 3’s to play at their best. The Heat did that in Game Four and need to continue that going forward. Wade was playing like his knee was close to 100%, James was more assertive, and Bosh looked like the star that deserved a max contract. His defense on Duncan was the key for the game.
The Spurs need to keep Tony Parker and Tim Duncan playing well, but need Manu Ginobli to get going as well. Ginobili has not played well at all in the 2013 playoffs and that seems to be catching up with the Spurs. Danny Green and Gary Neal need to keep getting open and firing three’s at a strong pace to win.
Justen: The Heat need to win Game 5. They have all the momentum in their hands. If they win this next game, the series is essentially over. The Spurs can’t win back to back games in Miami.
The Spurs on the other hand need to play like they did in Game 3. Make shots, play tight defense. They could steal Game 7 in Miami if they win the next game.
Kris: In order for the Spurs to win, Manu Ginobili has to show up or Danny Green/Gary Neal have to have another out-of-body experience like they had in Game 3. In order for the Heat to win, they have to get this kind of effort from their Big 3 for the remainder of this series.
4. The one thing that surprised you the most from Game 4.
Ehsan: Dwyane Wade. Not only did he score 20 points for the first time in the finals and just the third time in these playoffs, he dropped 30 points for the first time since March. Wade was absolutely on fire and was playing like he was never hurt. If we get this Wade for the next two games, I honestly don’t see this series going past 6 games.
Justen: Chris Bosh surprised me the most. Incredible performance. Hopefully he’s back for the rest of the series.
Kris: The emergence of Dwayne Wade. Wade definitely showed why he’s a Finals MVP.. this effort was what we all have been looking for this postseason.. if he can give that performance once again on Sunday, the Heat will be in good shape to party on South Beach again.