Do The Spurs Need To Win Tonight To Have A Chance To Beat The Heat In The NBA Finals?
Just a few days ago, we were all sitting around talking about how the Miami Heat were in trouble. After winning Game 2 in MIA, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh & Co. were thoroughly beaten in Game 3 in San Antonio by the Spurs. And the thought was that if they couldn’t capture a Game 4 win, the 2013 NBA Finals were over. Surely there was no way that the Heat would be able to win three straight games against the Spurs. So Game 4 was more or less a do-or-die game for the Heat. If they won it, they were still alive. If they lost it, they were going to have to make summer vacation plans, because they were going to go home losers on Sunday. They won it.
So now what? Well, now the stakes are pretty much the exact same in Game 5 of the best-of-7 series—except that now it feels like the Spurs are the team that needs to win tonight. Because if they lose Game 5 at home and have to travel to Miami for Games 6 and 7, there’s really no way for them to win this series, right? That would be too tall a task, especially when you consider that the Heat pretty much never lose two games in a row. So Game 5 is a must-win game for the Spurs, unless they want to start their summers early.
Except that it’s really not. The Spurs don’t have to win Game 5 to win the series. It would certainly makes things easier on them. But the truth of the matter is that the Spurs and Heat are two of the best teams that we’ve seen play in the NBA Finals. And either one of them is capable of winning any game at any time. So even if the Spurs do lose tonight, they still have the talent to win Games 6 and 7 back in Miami. Does that mean they would welcome that challenge? Of course not. But the winner of Game 5 won’t necessarily determine the winner of this year’s NBA Finals. Not by a long shot. Something tells us we’re going to see a really special ending to the Finals this year…and we can’t wait to see it.