By Miles Liatos Sports Radio KJR
This 2013 NBA Finals have been largely decided on whether the Heat decide to show up, and whether Tony Parker can physically play.
The Heat play well when they are able to drive the lanes and take the Spurs to the rim. They were able to do that last night after failing to do so in the first three games.
Ari Temkin from ESPN Radio San Antonio was sure LeBron and crew would be able to do just that this series, but it didn’t show up until Game 4 last night. He joined Mitch during the Daily Schnoz today.
“[Spurs Forward] Kawai [Leonard] is a good defender, but Lebron can back him down and take him to the rim, but he just didn’t show that through three games,” Temkin said. “When you see that with Lebron and Dwayne Wade getting to the rim, then that opens the high-low game and that’s exactly what they employed.”
The Heat were able to beat the Spurs in San Antonio with a handed 109-93 performance in Game 4, but they will have to face the Spurs again at the AT&T Center Sunday night.
The health of Tony Parker will be a factor. The hamstring strain he suffered didn’t initially appear to affect him in Game 4, but it seemed to in the second half when his play dropped off.
“In this series he’s averaging 13 points and shooting 44 percent from the field,” Temkin said. “That’s not good enough to win a championship.”
The world will see if Parker and the Spurs can be good enough come Sunday’s Game 5 Finals match-up.
Listen to the full interview with Ari Temkin and the Daily Schnoz below.