Miami Heat focused on Game 4


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MIAMI — Being down 2-1 in the NBA Finals is nothing new for the Miami Heat. Just one year ago, the Heat were blown out by the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 of the 2013 NBA Finals, 113-77. In the aftermath of that loss, Heat president Pat Riley famously showed up at Miami coach Erik Spoelstra‘s hotel room bearing a couple of bottles of wine and spent a late night breaking down film. The end result was Miami bouncing back for a Game 4 win, 109-93, which evened the series.

With the Heat getting worked in Game 3 of the 2014 Finals, losing 111-92 to fall behind 2-1 in the series, history did not repeat itself, at least in the run-up to the game.

“No, [Riley] didn’t come over to my house last night with a case of beer,” Spoelstra said, hours before the tip of Game 4. “We all went our separate ways and watched film and met in the morning. There was nothing dramatic. I’d love to give you guys a great storyline — Pat came over at 3 a.m. — or a great analogy.”

Methods aside, Spoelstra said the Heat have had good “prep days” leading up to tonight’s Game 4: “We understand the outcome, or how many points you lose by in one game, doesn’t dictate at all the next game. You have to get on to this next opportunity.”

And with the new 2-2-1-1-1 Finals series home-court schedule, the Heat can’t rely on a another shot at home in a Game 5. So the Heat say they are fully focused on tonight’s Game 4.

“Yes, this is a must win,” noted Chris Bosh, with a thin smile as if to acknowledge that sure, every game is must win. “We cannot go to San Antonio down 3-1. That is out of the question.”

“We’re not talking about Game 5, that’s not even on our mind,” said Spoelstra. We’re not there. That would be an absolute waste of thought and energy if we’re thinking ahead or thinking in the past. All we’re thinking about is this is a great opportunity tonight, at home, and what do we need to do to get the job done.”

11 Comments

  1. okcDoke2014 says:

    Heat are way down list of best teams. top 10 maybe !

  2. Germaine Edwards says:

    Whyyyyy! Just win the series already. The heat are the best team in history and quote me, in the future. Dynasty. Perfect combination of skill and status. Just stop holding back our team coach Eric. Let us off the chain said Cole. I know the heat is able to take over a game at any time. They are to good to lose a game. But idk. Very frustrated.

  3. Heeeeeet says:

    yeah, focused to be on a 1-3 deficit… congrats heat!

  4. okcDoke2014 says:

    Solid game by Spurs !

  5. lynn says:

    Go Spurs! Miami is a good team- James is a great player in any era- but the teamis in a very weak conference, especially this year. For instance, the 4th seed in the East is the equivalent of the 8th seed in the West. The only team that the Heat had to worry about in the East was Indiana and they basically self-destructed. In the West, the Spurs had to constantly face superior teams on a nightly basis. In the East Miami struggled this year in a lackluster conference. If the team was in the West, they likely would have been the 4th or 5th seed in the playoffs. If they loose the finals, maybe it will fire the team up for next season. Remember they have been in the Finals four straight years, they could be tired; maybe they lack a little fire in their gut.

  6. chris says:

    Ahahahahaha….3peat…biggest joke of the year. Too bad we did not win game two or else we would have swept the stupid heat and there fake king lebron.

  7. okcDoke2014 says:

    Spurs want it more and will play as a unit with solid D

  8. okcDoke2014 says:

    Spurs in 5 ?

  9. jnba123 says:

    spurs fan

  10. game4tonight says:

    I feel like the heat are going to stand their ground tonight. They usually respond well after an upsetting loss. I also feel like San Antonio is going to be out for the kill tonight. They do not want to go home even and chance a repeat of last year. That being said. I think both teams are going to leave it all out on the floor tonight. Whom ever wins tonight will win it all.

  11. EndofAndEra says:

    Everyone is thinking Miami will put up a good game tonight and it will probably tie the series, but looking at the Spurs you can see they have more desire to win than the Heat and their ability to work the ball just kills Miami’s defense. Spurs take this in 5.