Heat now facing elimination after dropping Game 5 to SpursPosted by Inside Hoops
San Antonio leads the best-of-7 series 3-2 and can close it out Tuesday at AmericanAirlines Arena. Only seven teams have rallied to win the final two games, with the Los Angeles Lakers being the last to do it in 2010.
“We anticipated that [Ginobili] would probably start, or at least play a significant amount,” [Heat coach Erik] Spoelstra said. “Obviously he was very good. Not only Ginobili, but basically everybody on the team was taking turns off the dribble, getting by us and breaking ¿ down our defense.”
The Heat face their second elimination game of the postseason. They defeated the Indiana Pacers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, but that was against a team stocked with inexperience.
“We can’t worry about Game 7,” forward LeBron James said. “We have to worry about Game 6 … being confident about getting a win, which we are. It is what it is and we’ve got a Game 6 on our floor.”
The veteran Spurs are attempting to win the fifth championship in franchise history, putting the pressure on the Heat to make the next adjustment in the series. At some point, that will have to include stopping Green and guard Tony Parker.
Reported by Shandel Richardson of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel