Heat vs. Spurs: Game 5 Preview

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Here’s everything you need to know for Game 5:

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Jun 15, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich during practice before game five of the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat at the AT

Here are my two cents:

After the Heat won Game 4, this became a best two-out-of-three series — which is exactly how the Miami Heat (and by extension, the San Antonio Spurs) should look at the next three games.

Forget about Game 1, Game 2, and especially Game 3 (in fact, if somebody could just zap Danny Green’s ability to shoot basketballs that would be great).  The Heat cannot rest on their laurels even after a terrific Game 4 performance, because you can bet Gregg Popovich and the Spurs are going to come out focussed and ready to avenge their Game 4 defeat.

“Vintage Wade” has to be Dwyane Wade every single effing game.  If Dwyane Wade can throttle it back to Dwyane Wade, 2006 Finals MVP version, this series won’t go three games.  If Chris Bosh can score 20 points and grab 13 rebounds, the Spurs are as good as toast.  And if the Big Three can score 85 points (LeBron had 33 in Game 4, Wade had 32, and Bosh had 20) a game, it is over, Vince Carter-style.

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