The Miami Heat find themselves on the chopping block as the defending champions return home to host the San Antonio Spurs for Game 6 of the NBA Finals tonight at 9 pm, trailing the series 3-2.
During the postseason, Miami has won each of its six games following a loss by an average of 20.7 points. The Heat haven’t lost back-to-back games since January 10th, and they’ll need to keep that streak going to force a deciding Game 7 in South Beach. Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra says they must capitalize on the home court advantage.
Defensively, Miami will have to slow down a hot-shooting Spurs team that hit 60% of its shots in Game 5. The Heat will also have to contain Danny Green who has emerged as a big role player for the Spurs, already setting an NBA Finals record for three-pointers with 25. Green is shooting 66% from the perimeter, something Spoelstra says his team will have to shut down.
The Heat will also look to slow the Spurs’ own big three of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili, who shot for a combined 67 points in Game 5, while delivering more efficiency on their own offensive end. Heat guard Dwyane Wade says they need to make minor changes, and focus on producing results throughout the entire game.
While Miami has landed themselves in an unfavorable do-or-die position, Heat guard Ray Allen says defining moments such as this is where the Heat always come through.
Catch coverage of tonight’s game on ESPN 850 WRUF starting at 8:30 pm.