The San Antonio Spurs will host the Miami Heat on Thursday night in Game Four of the 2013 NBA Finals. The No.2 seed in the Western Conference is looking to take a commanding 3-1 series lead after dominating Game Three. If the Spurs win, they can clinch their fifth NBA championship at home with a victory on Sunday. A victory for Miami would ensure a Game Six.
Miami wasn’t competitive for much of Game Three. They were outscored by 30 points in the second half and LeBron James had one of the worst games in his career. As evidenced by his -32 plus/minus rating, he was the weak link of the “Big Three.” After the loss, James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all called for the team to make adjustments in the next contest.
Against the Spurs, James is averaging 10 points less than he did in the regular season. After being shut down by Kawhi Leonard and the rest of the Spurs defense, the MVP has vowed to change things in Game Four.
"I take full responsibility for our team's performance. I have to do whatever it takes. Seven for 21 isn't going to cut it,” James said on Wednesday. "I'll be better. I'll be much better tomorrow night…better than last night.”
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It wasn’t all good news for San Antonio in Game Three. Tony Parker left the contest in the third quarter with what has been diagnosed as “right hamstring strain.” Luckily for the point guard, he didn’t suffer a tear that will keep him out for the rest of the playoffs. He is, however, listed as day-to-day.
Parker is expected to play, but the question remains how effective he will be with the injury. On Tuesday, the Spurs were just fine with their star playing 27 minutes and scoring six points. San Antonio, though, can’t expect to get a repeat performance the rest of the way, making 50 percent of their three-pointers and holding James to 33 percent field goal shooting. Parker’s health could prove to be the X-factor for the rest of the Finals.
Game 4: at San Antonio, Thursday, June 13, 9 p.m. ET, ABC
Game 5: at San Antonio, Sunday, June 16, 8 p.m. ET, ABC
Game 6: at Miami, Tuesday, June 18, 9 p.m. ET, ABC *
Game 7: at Miami, Thursday, June 20, 9 p.m. ET, ABC*