OMG! If I were texting, that is how I would start this blog. I was absolutely flabbergasted to see how the defending champion Miami Heat played in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. Not only did they play with a lack of urgency, their two star players, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, had horrible first halves and also did not play with the energy needed to carry their team.
By the time LeBron played like a former MVP in the third quarter, it was too late. If it weren't for his 19 points in that quarter, this game would've been truly embarrassing for the Heat. Although, I'm fairly certain they were embarrassed when their own fans booed them.
The Spurs played as if they were on a mission. For the second consecutive game their offense was absolutely spectacular. Couple that with great defensive intensity and you have a recipe for a blowout.
Once again, Tony Parker directed the Spurs offense as well as can be expected and Kawhi Leonard continued his spectacular play on both ends of the court. He finished with 20 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocked shots, quite a performance for the soon-to-be 23-year-old. I was also very impressed with the all-around play of Boris Diaw. His passing ability, for a man 6'9" tall, is very impressive. Heck, every Spur player who got in the game contributed to this victory.
The one graphic that was shown on television that really caught my attention was the one showing that in the first three games of this series, 68% of the Spurs baskets came off assists. When that graphic appeared, the Spurs had nine assists on their first 12 baskets in Game 4. This statistic exemplifies the extraordinary team play of the San Antonio Spurs and is why they lead this series 3 games to 1.
So, in order to achieve a Three-Peat as NBA Champions, the Miami Heat will have to defy the odds and set a record by becoming the first team ever to win a title after trailing 3 – 1 in a Championship series. I don't see that happening.
Sunday's Game 5 will give us a great indication of the character of the defending champions. I will be very disappointed if the Heat do not come out and play with an intensity that was lacking in Game 4.