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WILL MIAMI’S 3PT DEFENSE COST THEM THE CHAMPIONSHIP

Posted By Sean Eckhardt On Jun 13 2013 @ 4:50 pm In Miami Heat | No Comments

LeBron James says he has to play better if the Miami Heat are going to beat the Spurs in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.  That may be true, but if James and the Heat can’t figure out a way to better defend the 3pt shot, it’s not going to matter how well LeBron, DWade, or anybody else plays on offense, San Antonio will win the game and ultimately the series.

The 113-77 demolition of the Heat was the worst playoff loss in franchise history.  The San Antonio players most responsible for this beat-down were not the usual suspects, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobli, and Tim Duncan.  No, instead Miami was torched by Gary Neal, Danny Green, and Kawhi Leonard.  The trio combined for 65 points in Game 3, but more important was just how damaging the 3pt shot was for these three guys.  They lit up the Heat defense, going 15-22 from beyond the arc.  That’s beyond unacceptable for a team that prides itself on defense.  Miami gave up an NBA Finals record 16 3-pointers to the Spurs on Tuesday.  Even if LeBron and Wade both scored 30pts, it wouldn’t have mattered, the Heat still would have lost.

Effort.  Effort is what it takes to play aggressive defense and control the glass.  In Game 3, James never really seemed in to the game, except for a short spurt at the end of the 3rd quarter when he scored 9 straight points.  Dwyane needs to put a complete game together and Miami cannot afford to have Chalmers score no points with 4 TO’s and 1 assist.  There are plenty of things for the Heat to improve on, but if they can’t defend the 3, it doesn’t matter.  The game tonight and the NBA Finals are over.

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