Game 5 was a tightly fought contest, until the Heat blew it wide open with a tenacious second-half run, creating an instant blowout. What happened? Bomani Jones and J.A. Adande address. From Elias: The Spurs are currently in their fifth NBA Finals
(played a total of 24 games). Among teams to appear in at least one NBA Finals
, the Spurs and Sacramento Kings franchise are the only teams to have never trailed in a Finals series. The only time the Kings franchise made an NBA Finals came in 1950-51, when they were the Rochester Royals. MIAMI
— As the Miami Heat were in the midst of a dominant second-half run on the way to a Game 2 victory in the Finals against San Antonio
, point guard Mario Chalmers approached LeBron James near midcourt with a message. P.J. Carlesimo says the 2-3-2 format in the NBA Finals is a lousy format. Can Miami continue their strong play from Game 2 as the series now shifts to San Antonio? The guys let you know. Plus, we react to Chad Johnson’s courtroom malfunction.
We’re all trying to figure out whether it will be San Antonio or Miami that rises up and ultimately takes home the NBA’s championship trophy. Will it be a second title for LeBron James as a member of the Heat? Brian Windhorst, Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless discuss how much trouble the Spurs are in following their Game 4 loss to the Heat. After bouncing back for a Game 4 win, Kevin Pelton examines how the Heat respond after a loss. Skip joins the guys to recap Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Heat and Spurs. The guys also get you ready for a pivotal Game 4 as the series now shifts to San Antonio.
Competition: NBA The Play Off Finals 2013
Team : Miami Heat vs San Antonio Spurs
Location : American Airlines Arena
Date : Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Kick Off Time : 9.00 PM (ET)
Status : Official TV (online)
Don LaGreca and Ryan Ruocco fill in for Mike: Will the real Miami Heat please stand up? Chad Johnson really did it to himself this time, and wait until you hear what Mark Sanchez said! Ryen Russillo and Adnan Virk discuss the possibility that Doc Rivers won’t return as Celtics coach and debate whether or not Rivers is worth the money the Celtics are paying him if the team decides they’re going to start the rebuilding process. Barring one bad quarter (outscored 23-16 in 4th quarter in Game 1), the Heat have controlled the series. Miami has led for 63 of a possible 96 minutes this series. In fact, the fourth quarter of Game 1 is the only quarter (out of 8 quarters) Miami lost this series. The Heat have won five quarters to the Spurs’ one (2 quarters tied).
ESPN LA 710’s John Ireland weighs in on the emergence of Yasiel Puig, the contrasting styles of the Lakers and Spurs, the NBA Finals and more. Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty Images “When I came down to St. Croix to see Timmy eight or nine years ago, nobody said a word to me [about driving on the left side]. I got my rental car and I went out on the road, and I was gesticulating at like ten people before I realized I was the jerk. Players and coaches for the Heat break down LeBron James’ huge block in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
LeBron James’ average shot distance in the 2013 Finals is 13.3 feet, his highest in any series in the last two postseasons. James has moved further away from the basket throughout the playoffs, with his average shot distance increasing in each series. After shooting 62.7 percent against the Bucks, his highest shooting percentage in any career playoff series, James is shooting 46.6 percent in the last three series.