NBA Finals 2014: Three Keys To Heat-Spurs Game 4

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FOCUS, GENTLEMEN, FOCUS 

Jun 10, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) reacts during the fourth quarter of game three of the 2014 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

There’s not necessarily an X’s and O’s fix to what the Miami Heat did, or failed to do, in Game 3 against the San Antonio Spurs. It was a beatdown and it looked even worse because the Heat, you know, never really showed up for the fight.

The Spurs beat the Heat to ever loose ball and hit every “no way that goes in” shot in that first half, on their way to a record-setting 76 percent shooting performance. The Heat fell into a too deep of a hole to ever dig themselves out. It was over from the beginning.

But even though the Spurs absolutely set the net on fire, the Heat’s focus and energy simply wasn’t there. That needs to change in Game 4. This Heat team has this eerie way of wanting their backs against the wall before they actually flex their Big Three muscles. Sooner or later it’s going to backfire.

It might be tonight.

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