Tonight was supposed to be different. Tonight was supposed to be another comeback win, a chance to show the NBA world that while the Miami Heat can be wounded, they cannot be killed. Once again however, those rambunctious Spurs cooked Miami in their own oven, pushing the defending champs to the brink of elimination in the NBA Finals.
San Antonio is outscoring Miami by 13.25 a game. Largest Finals drubbing ever.
— The man with the #’s (@ArturoGalletti) June 13, 2014
The story is largely the same as it was in Game 3, with the Spurs building up an 18-point lead by halftime, and keeping their foot on the gas the rest of the way. Nobody on the Miami Heat seems capable of defending anybody on the Spurs, and consequently, San Antonio shot 57% from the field, and 43% from three.
Though the Spurs once again did it by committee, Kawhi Leonard was uniquely outstanding. The young wing finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds,while also playing his usual stellar defense.
The sole bright spot for Miami was LeBron James, who scored 28 points on 59% shooting, despite finishing with a team-worst plus/minus rating of -21. Bosh was average, the rest of the Heat terrible, and Dwyane Wade somewhere below that.
Wade managed only 10-points on 3-13 shooting, while hitting 4-8 from the free-throw line. Strangely, Wade led all Heat starters in plus/minus (-9), and once again seemed to flourish with LeBron on the bench. Perhaps the Heat ought to consider staggering their rotations, so as to maximize the talents of LeBron and Wade.
At this point in the game however, any last minute strategy changes appear futile. Barring a miraculous rampage by the Heat’s Big-3, expect a series closeout in Game 5 at San Antonio.