Only eight teams have ever come back to win a series after staring down a 3-1 deficit in the NBAplayoffs, but none of those feats have even taken place in the NBA Finals before.
The Miami Heat will try to overcome history and the San Antonio Spurs in Sunday’s Game Five of the NBA Finals at AT&T Center. San Antonio is favored by -5.5 over the Heat in the game 5 matchup and frankly I’m surprised the line isn’t more.
The last team to comeback from a 3-1 hole was the Suns miraculous comeback over the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round back in 2006 playoffs. In 1997, the Heat actually pulled off the amazing feat, and battled back to toppled their rivals the New York Knicks in a series marred by suspension.
Kawhi Leonard Leonard erupted for 20 points and 14 rebounds with three steals and three blocks in Game Four’s 107-86 victory.
My reason for saying the spread should be higher is because the Spurs have managed to win all three of their games by at least 15 points.
Miami’s defense clearly has been unable to contain the Spurs and everyone but LeBron James has failed to show up.
James led Miami with 28 points and eight rebounds in Game Four, but guard Dwyane Wade continued to show signs of physical wear and tear, going 3-for-13 from the field with four assists and four steals. It was by far Wade’s worst shooting performance during the postseason, and the lightning quick first step that made him a perennial All-Star is now gone.
Miami forward Chris Bosh has averaged 14.3 points during the Finals, but his production on the glass has slipped and he’s simply turned into a soft stretch four. Bosh is averaging 4.8 boards this year, in contrast to 8.9 in 2013.
Mario Chalmers has completely disappeared on both ends of the floor and has become a liability for the Heat.
Betting Odds: San Antonio -5.5
Over/ Under: 195 points
Prediction: 111-98 SpursPowered by Sidelines