The San Antonio Spurs are just one win away from defeating the Miami Heat in the 2013 NBA Finals. They lead the series 3-2, following their 114-104 victory in Game Five. On Tuesday in Game Six, the Spurs will look to clinch the series on the road.
For the second straight series, the best team in the regular season find themselves facing elimination. In the playoffs, Miami has played their best with their backs against the wall. The Heat responded to Game One losses in the second round and Finals with decisive victories. They haven’t lost two games in a row since Jan. 8 and 10.
Erik Spolestra could change the starting lineup for a third time this series. Mike Miller, who replaced Udonis Haslem for the past two games, didn’t do much to keep his spot in Game Five. In 25 minutes, he failed to score a single point, attempting just one shot. He might be replaced by Ray Allen, who hasn’t started all year, but is averaging 13 points per game on 64.7 percent shooting against the Spurs, and is coming off a strong showing in Game Five.
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The Spurs have been one of the NBA’s best teams all season, but their success in the Finals has come from an unlikely source. There are potentially two more games remaining, yet Danny Green has already set a Finals record for most three-pointers made at 25. His historically good 65.8 shooting percentage from beyond the arc has him as a favorite to win the Finals MVP award if the Spurs can win the title.
Tony Parker didn’t seem bothered by his hamstring injury on Sunday. Even with LeBron James defending him at times, the point guard scored 26 points in Game Five on 14 shot attempts. Parker has stated that he would rest for 10 days if he suffered the injury in the regular season. However, he won’t sit with San Antonio so close to winning their fifth ever championship.
Miami -7, 191
The result of Game Four was swung by the stellar play of Dwyane Wade. The same can be said of Manu Ginobili in Game Five. The veteran who has the better performance in Game Six could determine whether or not this series goes to the brink.
Miami 100, San Antonio 90