At 7:16 p.m. (PT) tonight, I tweeted this:
The Heat did not just crumble tonight, they were pulverized into dust. What happened?
I could rattle off some stats, but I think the following facts can speak for themselves.
Patty Mills’ hands turned to gold as he sunk three after three, finishing with 14 points. Boris Diaw almost notched a triple double. Coach Spo gave Toney Douglas playing time. Kawhi Leonard dropped 20.
Notice that I haven’t even mentioned Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli — it’s because I don’t have to. You could’ve sat Parker and Duncan the entire game and (basing this solely off points scored) the Spurs still would’ve walked away with a win.
I haven’t mentioned LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh either — two of those three didn’t bother showing up. And combined, their plus-minus plastered a whoppingly low -53.
That was Game 4. No team has ever come back from a 3-1 series deficit. The sort of good news for Miami is the new 2-2-1-1-1 NBA Finals format allows them to return home *if* they win Game 5 — that is a huge ‘if.’
With the way the Spurs have been shooting and whipping the ball around, who knows if anyone can beat them at this rate. The Spurs have turned basketball into an art form, while the Heat are turning it into a bloody mess.