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Game Preview: Game 4 of the Finals - Heat @ Spurs

The Spurs look to take a strangle hold on The Finals as David Stern, the refs, the national media and the Heat look to rebound from the shed game that took place on Tuesday night. Who will prevail in this epic battle of good and whatever it is you'd call the Heat?


San Antonio Spurs vs Miami Heat

AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
June 13, 2013, 8:00 PM Spurs Time

The San Antonio Spurs host the Miami Jeat (Why are we not using the soft J for the spelling?) in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, in case you've been living under a rock. Los Spurs are coming off of the epic beat down of El Jeat delivered in one of the most unexpected ways imaginable. I mean, seriously, who has ever seen two role players just straight take over a Finals Game that way? That's like going to see IronMan 3 and having Don Cheadle steal large chunks of the movie while being entirely without his War Machine suit. Wait, that really happened? Ok, maybe it's more like ESPN putting a nobody fanboy from Boston on their national basketball coverage just because he writes moderately entertaining, if not somewhat inaccurate, books and essays that he calls columns. Also happening? OK....let's just say that it was a very rare thing to see two guys, who's bio's hadn't been read by half the people paid to cover the game, go off for over 50 points. Fun times.

As a brief aside, a "shed game" refers to when one team takes the other team out behind the wood shed and gives them a whoopin'. One can also use the term "opened a can..." or "discombobulated". The latter is harder to spell.

As much as I'm hoping for another can to be opened...widely and enjoyed at the AT&T Center by us all, I do not foresee that happening. The Heat know they are in a tenuous position. If they lose tonight they will have to beat a very capable team 3 games in a row, one of which is on the road. They, especially LeBron James, know that if they lose this series it will put a sizable ding in their legacy, something BronBron cares a lot about. It's also something that the media and David Stern care a lot about. Do not be surprised tonight to see David Stern take matters into his own hands and don a ref uniform. He'll be the one in the electric scooter calling fouls on Manu Ginobili for having a large beak and Pop for resting Duncan while looking smug the whole time.

I believe that tonight we will see how good Eric Spoelstra really is. The Spurs adjusted well after a Game 2 loss and they were blessed with some very timely play by role players. Can Spoelstra put his players in better position to win Game 4? I have my doubts. Did you see his face during those shots of him during the blowout? He was done. He wasn't watching the game, he was just staring off into space. Contrast that with Pop and how he keeps coaching his players, even the scrubs in a blowout. Pop stays involved. It just seemed to me that Spoelstra was out of ideas and knew he was over matched. Or maybe I'm wrong and he was using his magical powers to strain Tony Parker's hamstring. He's more devious than I would have ever imagined! My guess is that his major adjustment will be having his players make more contested shots.

By the way, whoever thinks that the San Antonio fan-base didn't just raise it's awesomeness by several levels, something I didn't think was possible, with the little ditty below is sadly confused. I saw somebody bring up how it's bad karma. First off, karma is stupid. Otherwise how do you explain Kobe Bryant winning anything...ever? Secondly, even if you buy into that hocus the Spurs fans were not provoking karma, they were providing it. Enjoy:

I cannot tell you how amazine that is. That means that we not only have a smart fan-base, those fans were paying attention to the games in Miami, it also means that we are a clever bunch as well. Few, very very few, fan-bases can accurately claim to be clever and that clip shows just how clever you magnificent Spurs fans are. I will save that video for posterity for many moons to come.

As for tonight the Heat will need to get James going. If Miami is to win they'll have to get James and Wade to hit jumpers. If they do that consistently the Spurs defense might be in trouble. Good news is that San Antonio has that one guy who's good at defense, I think they call him "K-A-why? Because I Gotta" (I know that was lame, but I'm not deleting it). The Spurs will need to do the same things they did in Game 3. Establish Tim Duncan early. If he gets going on the block it causes all sorts of issue for the Heat. That will open up the pick and roll game, which should open up the shooters and if San Antonio does how they do it'll be pretty hard for Miami to win.


PG: Tony Parker
SG: Danny Green
SF: Kawhi Leonard
PF: Tim Duncan
C: Tiago Splitter

Key Bench Players
Manu Ginobili
Boris Diaw
Gary Neal

Head Coach
Gregg Popovich


PG: Mario Chalmers
SG: Dwyane Wade
SF: LeBron James
PF: Udonis Haslem
C: Chris Bosh

Key Bench Players
Ray Allen
Norris Cole
Chris Andersen

Head Coach

Erik Spoelstra

Heat perspective can be found here: Hot Hot Hoops

Game Prediction: San Antonio by 4 in a much closer game than I'd prefer as el Jeat melt under the pressure.

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