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The Heat looked so vulnerable then, but seeing them as bewildered as they were Wednesday was stunning. James too often seemed to linger around the perimeter, an old habit reappearing when it seemed he’d put it aside for good and wouldn’t allow himself to settle for jumpers anymore when he could go into the post instead.
Part of the reason is the Spurs, with a solid defensive game plan and a versatile defender in Leonard who can apply it. But the Heat also realized another problem was simply their own effort — or lack thereof — in going for rebounds and loose balls.
Finals scheduleGame 1 » Spurs 92, Heat 88
Game 2 » Heat 103, Spurs 84
Game 3 » Spurs 113, Heat 77
Game 4 » Thursday at San Antonio, 7 p.m.
Game 5 » Sunday, at San Antonio, 6 p.m.
x-Game 6 » June 18, at Miami, 7 p.m.
x-Game 7 » June 20, at Miami, 7 p.m.
All games Ch. 4
"We just collectively played a very bad basketball game last night. And that was everybody, including the staff. It was hard to really judge anything and evaluate anything from that game," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "That’s why after the film session, all we’re focused on is how we prepare the next 24 hours to have our best game of the series tomorrow night."
Game 4 is where the Heat started to lose control of the series against Dallas two years ago, but they know it’s where they have to regain it this time. They haven’t lost two in a row in five months, and this isn’t the time for that to end.
"We’ve been at our best when I guess our backs are up against the wall, and we’re at it again," James said. "We’ll see how we respond tomorrow."
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