Thursday, June 12, 2014

If You Can't Take the Heat...

Game 3 is history. It's a brand new day. Don't count on San Antonio hitting 19 of their first 21 shots again. Kawhi Leonard probably won't have another career-high in points. Sure, the Spurs' offense is a well oiled machine, but expect tonight to be another back-and-forth battle rather than the domination we saw on Tuesday.

So, how can Miami flip the switch? Two words: defensive intensity. We don't need any stats or metrics to figure this one out. Ideally, the Spurs want to swing the ball around the court quickly. If San Antonio limits their dribbles, the defense will eventually miss a rotation, and a man will be open. However, if Miami pressures the ball on a regular basis, it will be much more difficult for San Antonio to make those quick, crisp passes. The Heat need to force the Spurs' guards to put the ball on the deck and go 1-on-1.

On the other side, what can Coach Popovich do to thwart defensive ball-pressure? Unleash Tim Duncan. When Miami decides to stretch their defense out to the perimeter, Duncan will have plenty of room to operate in the post. He's had some efficient games so far in these Finals, but if Miami adjusts, the future Hall-of-Fame big man should become a volume shooter. There's not one player on the Heat roster that can stop Duncan on the low block. It's time for Duncan to prove it. 

Tune into SnapCall tonight for game 4 at 8:55 PM EST. We've got you covered on real-time predictions. 

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