Spurs look to seal NBA Finals tomorrow
San Antonio (Texas): San Antonio Spurs would be desperate to re-write the ending and ensure that, unlike last season, they keep a grip on the NBA Championships after grabbing a comfortable lead when they take on Miami Heat in Game 5 of the 2014 Finals here tomorrow.
Leading 3-1 in the seven-game series, the Spurs have a real chance of clinching their fifth NBA championship as they have as many as three games now. But the in-form Spurs would be keen to wrap it up here at their own backyard tomorrow itself and avenge their seven-game loss to Miami Heat last year.
The Spurs had let the initial 2-1 advantage slip away last year against the same opponents, but this time they look a more cohesive unit to let go the title for which they have waited for 12 months.
No team in Finals history ever has opened a 3-1 lead after four games and not gone on to win the championship. So far 31 teams have taken a 3-1 in the series, and all 31 have won the title.
The fans are also excited about their team`s prospects in the championship and it was very much visible on the streets of San Antonio, where they could be seen marching with the Spurs flags, shouting `Go Spurs Go`.
The Spurs, however, would be looking to guard against complacency when they face the two-time defending champions, featuring some of world`s best basketball players in their ranks. The San Antonio unit need to stay focussed and hungry during the clash at the AT&T Centre here tomorrow.
The Spurs have everything going for them at the moment and they just need to be at their dominating best as they were in the last two games. The way they had defended as well as stolen points from their opponents at the American Airlines Arena in Miami was incredible.
The Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he would expect his team to play as well as it did in Game 3 and 4, or do better than that at home.
"I`m glad that they performed as well as they did while we were in Miami, and that`s about as far as it goes. Now at home we have to play as well or better," Popovich said.
In contrast, Miami Heat have an uphill task at hand. They need nothing less than victories in all three remaining games to make the biggest comeback in NBA Finals history.
But for that the team consisting of the likes of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh would have to live up to their reputation and play out of their skins.
The Heat were completely blown off in the previous games. Their execution of a defensive game plan has been poor at best throughout the majority of this series. In the last two games, they proved to be slow and could not keep pace with the constantly moving Spurs players.
What the Heat need is to spread the floor on offense and give the Spurs a taste of their own medicine.
If the Heat manage to win tomorrow`s tie, they would be playing Game 6 in Miami on Tuesday and who knows the momentum might just shift.