Sometimes a season all comes down to one game. In the Miami Heat’s case, also a dynasty.
With the San Antonio Spurs leading 3-2, heading to South Beach for Game 6, many words come to mind but perhaps the biggest is UPSET.
If the Spurs go on to close-out Miami tonight or in Game 7, are we going to look back at this being one of the biggest upsets in NBA Finals history? Probably, or at least in the conversation.
We’ll cross that road if need be, I guess.
First things first, Game 6.
What changes, if any, is Eric Spoelstra going to make? Gregg Popovich has Spo in check-mate, can the 42-year-old Heat coach counter?
A few options at his disposal are:
- Integrating Birdman back into the rotation — Tim Duncan dominated the Heat big men during Game 5, I was a little surprised Spo didn’t adjust at any point on Sunday.
- Starting Shane Battier for Mike Miller — Spo entered Miller into the lineup in Game 4. It worked then, or so it appeared. During Miller’s last 46 minutes on the floor he has only attempted 2 shots. What?
- Less Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers — Cole looked horrific on defense against Tony Parker in Game 5, Chalmers has looked pedestrian apart from his enormous effort in Game 2. Ray Allen looks to be back on track from the perimeter and LeBron on Parker defensively has been working. This should happen and needs to happen.
The Spurs? Well they’re just going to be the Spurs. They’re going to battle. They’re going to be well coached and they’re never going to lay down.
Are we going to see Manu from games 1-4 or are we going to see SuperMAN-U from Game 5? That is the ultimate game changer.
Expect lineup changes, expect runs and expect a fluctuation of emotions throughout the game.
Buckle up, settle in. Tonight could be historic.
If not tonight, definitely Thursday.
Oh, is it 9 p.m. yet?