But if the Heat (and specifically the Big Three) can’t do those things, the outcome for this series looks cloudier. If a slumping Ginobili (scored five points in Game 4; is averaging less than 8 points a game) gets hot, or if there’s another miracle Gary Neal — Danny Green three point outburst, or if a sub-par Tony Parker takes over a game (or even a quarter), this series is in jeopardy of being the Heat’s.
It’s the Heat’s to win (or lose). The Spurs have an amazing collection of players — arguably the best power forward of all time (Tim Duncan), two sure-fire Hall of Famers (Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker), a former D-League player having the series of his life (Danny Green), an up-and-coming superstar (Kawhi Leonard), and the best coach in the NBA (Gregg Popovich).
(And of course, there’s Tracy McGrady.)
But despite the Spurs’ talent and execution, the Heat have an equally impressive (if not more impressive) team. LeBron (best player on the planet), Wade (a Finals MVP), Bosh (perennial All-Star and winner of the Most Eligible Velociraptor award 3,147 years in a row!), Ray Allen (the greatest shooter in NBA history), and on, and on, and on. The Heat were heavily favored in this series, even though the statistics showed similar numbers for both the Spurs and the Heat.
However, the Heat own crunch time (just read this piece by Nate Silver, statistician extraordinaire). And nothing says crunch time like the last three games of the NBA Finals.
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