NBA Finals: Game 4 Recap
The end is here friends. Since the season started in October everything has been building up to this….. The NBA Finals! Luckily for us basketball fans we get to see the two best teams in the NBA in a dream match-up. The Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs. After each and every game make sure to check Sportazine for my recaps
In the 2006 NBA Finals a Dwyane Wade led Miami Heat faced the Dallas Mavericks. After losing the first 2 games by a combined 24 points, Wade put on his superman cape and proceeded to destroy the Mavericks by getting to the line (he shot 97 free throws in 6 games) and averaging 39 points the next 4 games. The Heat won that title and Wade quickly moved up the list of greatest shooting guards ever. Fast forward to 2013 and D. Wade has looked old and washed up. Due to a knee injury that he suffered in the regular season he looked more like a borderline role player than perennial All-Star and future Hall of Famer. Before last night he only scored over 20 points twice in THE ENTIRE PLAYOFFS! Until last night it had been up to LeBron James to carry the team to victory after victory with virtually no help from ‘the other guy’.
So of course last night after Coach Popovich made the decision of choosing Boris Diaw to guard him, D. Wade finally showed up. In a vintage performance that consisted of acrobatic lay-ups, eurosteps, dunks and blocks Wade scored 32 points as the Miami Heat cruised to a 109-93 win to tie the series 2-2.
While Wade was the star of the show, LeBron James finally got out of his slump and had 33 points and 11 rebounds. Right from the start of the game he was aggressive and looking to push the pace. He got to the rim at well and was finally able to get his jumpshots to start going in. Chris Bosh also had his best game of the playoffs and had 20 points and 13 rebounds. When the Heat’s Big 3 combine to score 85 points to go along with San Antonio’s 19 turnovers, they are virtually impossible to beat. This Miami team knows how to bounce back from losses and are 12-0 since January after losing a game. Not only that but they bounce back and crush their opponents as well, winning by an average of 20 points.
The biggest question for the Spurs was Tony Parker’s health. Despite his minutes being closely watched he had an incredible 1st half and scored 15 points and had 6 assists. The story was different after halftime and he failed to score a single point. Manu Ginobili continued his struggle as well, only scoring 5 points in 26 minutes. The hot shooting for Danny Green and Gary Neal continued (they made 6 three-pointers combined) but it was nowhere close to their Game 3 output and it didn’t get the job done with Parker and Ginobili struggling. Tim Duncan remained reliable by chipping in 20 points but he only managed to grab 5 rebounds.
Game 5 is on Sunday