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Notes, quotes postscripts from Heat's Game 4 win

Notes, quotes and postscripts from the Heat’s 109-93 Game 4 win over San Antonio in the NBA Finals:

### What a magnificent display by The Big Three, whose collective numbers were jaw-dropping: 85 points, 30 rebounds, 10 steals, 9 assists and 5 blocks.

Dwyane Wade (32 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 6 steals) became the first player with at least 30 points and 6 steals in a Finals game since Isiah Thomas in 1988.

Chris Bosh not only had 20 points, but hauled in 13 rebounds (third-most of the postseason), blocked two shots and played sharp defense on Tim Duncan.

And LeBron James not only shook out of his offensive malaise with 33 points but also had 11 boards. The last player to post those numbers in a Finals game? Dirk Nowitzki, against the Heat in 2011.

“All of them provided great energy defensively,” Erik Spoelstra said.

“When Bosh, Wade and James score the way they did tonight, and shoot it the way they did, you better be playing a more perfect game,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “You can’t turn it over that many times [19, leading to 23 Heat points].”

### Per ESPN, Wade and James are the first teammates to score at least 30 points apiece in a road Finals win since Kobe and Shaq in 2002.

### This was huge: Tony Parker (15 pounds) went scoreless in the second half, shooting 0 for 4. Parker said his hamstring felt “OK” in the first half.

“Second half, I got fatigued. I’m just happy I didn’t make it worse. Pop wasn’t really happy I wanted to play. Took a little risk.”

### The Heat has now won 12 in a row after losses, by an average margin of nearly 19 per game. “When things get rough, we pull together even more,” Bosh said.

### Here was Wade’s take after becoming the first player with 30 points, 5 rebounds and 5 steals in a playoff game since Byron Scott in 1989 (and the fifth player in NBA Finals history to do that, according to Elias): “I needed a game like this, but my teammates needed a game like this from me. They needed me to play the way I’m capable of. They needed the Big Three to play the way we’re capable of.

“We’re not going to win this series if myself, Chris and LeBron don’t show up to play on a consistent basis. Hopefully, this is what we can see the next three games.”

Wade, who shot 14 for 25, said his approach was “being aggressive. If I’m open, I’m shooting it. Defensively, we were more active. I knew I was on when I took it over a guy’s head and dunked it. That was the vintage [Wade] there. You’re judged as a man by how you respond. Our team responded well, and I responded well.”

Said Duncan: “Wade got everything he wanted.”

Said Parker: “That’s what great players do – they show up in big games. He played great.”

Wade said he used hot packs on his injured knee – for the first time during a game in this series – and that helped keep the knee loose.

### LeBron, who finished 15 for 25 from the field: “When all three of us are clicking at the same time, we’re a very tough team to beat…. I came in the game confident… We can’t wait every time until our back is against the wall to respond.”

James, who hadn’t reached 20 points in any of the first three games, said: “It hurt to watch the film. I didn’t like how I was playing. But I came in with a clean slate tonight.”

### LeBron, on Wade: “Every time he’s doubted, he responds. For him to play the way he played tonight, it was amazing. He went back in his bag tonight. He was Flash tonight. He’s been playing with a bum knee all year. Of course he’s hurting. But a performance like tonight will make him feel better. He was amazing. He was ’06 Flash tonight. We needed every bit of it.”

### Spoelstra’s insertion of Mike Miller into his starting lineup, in place of Udonis Haslem, did not deliver a boost to start the game, and Miller ended up having his worst night of the series statistically (no points, 0 for 1 shooting in 21 minutes).

But the lineup decision certainly did not hurt the Heat, and everything ultimately worked out.

The Heat played with only one natural power rotation player on the court for the entire game, and that helped Miami’s spacing.

Because of that, “I was able to get in the paint a lot more,” Bosh said. “If I bring the necessary energy, things will go well.”

“We need Chris to be big [with those lineups],” Spoelstra said. “Defensively, battling against a Hall of Famer really gave us a boost.”

### The new starting lineup was outscored by 11 when it was on the floor. But that was mostly the result of Parker's fast start against Mario Chalmers. The Heat’s ball movement was generally crisp with Miller in the game, and he had a terrific block on a Kawhi Leonard shot that led to a James dunk early in the third.

### The lineup change also had a ripple effect. Spoelstra used Haslem off the bench, reinserted Shane Battier back into the rotation, and did not use Chris Andersen for the first time this postseason.

Haslem committed five fouls in 10 minutes, but he had five rebounds and Miami was plus 10 with Haslem on the floor, plus-13 with Battier (who had two points), and plus 19 with Ray Allen, who scored 14.

### Miller starting led to an interesting early chess match between Spoelstra and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.

Oddly enough, 6-11 center Tiago Splitter began the game defending 6-4 Wade. “I was glad I had the ball in my hand,” Wade said. “I was going to go right at him.”

But after Splitter fouled Wade 47 seconds into the game, Popovich replaced him with 6-4 Gary Neal.

And Popovich started the second half with 6-8 forward Boris Diaw in place of Splitter.

### Haslem had been the Heat’s best defender against Duncan in this series, but Duncan did not capitalize on his absence to start the game. Guarded by Bosh, Duncan missed his only shot in a scoreless first quarter. He scored seven in the third and closed with 20.

### Wade and James endorsed the lineup change before the game. “Whenever Mike is on the floor, it always helps us,” Wade said. “It makes the defense have to think about something different than just protecting the paint when we’ve got a shooter out there. We loved when they’re out there and we’ve got to get them more shots.”

Said James: “It opens up the floor. It gives me more driving lanes and it gives D-Wade more driving lanes.”

### Popovich: “The turnovers obviously hurt us. We can’t give us 20 points on turnovers.” And the Heat won the rebound battle, 41-36.

### Manu Ginobili continued struggling (5 points, 1 for 5 shooting). “He’s trying to be incredibly unselfish,” Duncan said. “We need him to be a little more selfish.”

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Coral Gables '81

Good job HEAT, now take that same effort into game 5.

bobbyd12

Great game by our Big 3. Now it's a best of 3 Series.

Sunny Dee

"Hot packs" stock must be shooting through the roof. I hope he has enough for game 5.

Brad Watson, Miami

Last night, Miami won the 4th game of the NBA Finals. Go Heat!

Best 4-of-7 championship series in basketbol, basebol, and hockey is an example of GOD-7_4: G is the 7th letter, a circle O is either 15 or zer0, and D is 4.

The US Founding Fathers - including Grand Master Masons Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and John Hancock - intentionally aligned GOD=7_4, 7/4=July 4th, etc. Google: GOD=7_4


- Brad Watson, Miami

Synchronism: 6/14/13 09:25 John(47=J10+O15+H8+N14) the Comcast repairman just came by.

green

http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/9364692/smaller-conferences-look-add-bowl-games-sources

So ESPN still has the ACC bowl lineup starting in 2014 as Orange, Russell, Capital One, Belk, Gator, Music City, Pinstripe, Sun, and Detroit (and maybe Liberty, Independence and/or Military, TBD).

Sounds like not much has changed this week.
-- Hokie Mark

BOWL WEEVIL

Eek

Posted by: Brad Watson, Miami | 06/14/2013 at 10:54 AM

Insanity is a hell of a drug...

green

http://www.themiamihurricane.com/2009/02/22/letter-to-the-editor-great-football-program-deserves-better-radio-announcers/

Congrats to @CanesVoice on being named the Best local Sportscaster by the Miami New Times
-- Chris Freet

in the immortal words of the late GREAT Neil Rogers ...
joe zagacki sucks ...

OK

green

http://www.themiamihurricane.com/2009/02/22/letter-to-the-editor-great-football-program-deserves-better-radio-announcers/

Jesse Agler - who hosts the Fins' radio show on WINZ-940 - is replacing Dick Stockton as the Dolphins' preseason TV voice.
-- Barry Jackson ‏@flasportsbuzz

to whom it may concern ...
next item on the agenda ...
improve our broadcast by ejecting joe sucky zagacki ...
whose halting, mechanical, shrill delivery ...
makes U wanna throw your radio out the window ...

INDUCED ABORTION

Reality Bites

Great job Big 3
Good win Heat
Now keep the same intensity going forward and let's end this once and for all.


Little green pea there you go again posting your trivial non sense about ACC and the canes on a Heat day.
No Habla basketbol?

green

http://www.flickr.com/photos/97447864@N03/

Guys - I work for UM in the Facilities Design & Construction Department. We are building a lot more than just this! The new student union is state of the art! There are numerous projects going on to improve not just our athletic facilities, but our educational facilities as well. Cox Science is getting a huge addition, the Nursing School is getting an addition designed, etc... We have one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation. Not to mention the work we are doing on the medical and marine campus. We are in construction of a new building at the marine school - a great project... When people talk facilities, it should be about the entire University!

Here are some pictures I took of the UM Schwartz Center for Athletic Excellence.
-- HeHateMe

PHOTOGASM

green

Little green pea there you go again posting your trivial non sense about ACC and the canes on a Heat day.
No Habla basketbol?

Posted by: Reality Bites | 06/14/2013 at 11:40 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkdikAithag

I post what interests me ...
I post what I want you to read ...
oh say can you see ...

TOUGH NOOGIE

green

http://instagram.com/p/aiwDb_mve1/#

Photo: The Canes sign autographs for their young fans in Pompano Beach
-- Hurricanes Football ‏@MiamiHurricanes

SPREADING THE GOSPEL

Brad Watson, Miami

Eek,

What a vicious attack! GOD & His Christ take note.

Have you ever heard of Freemasonry? (Free[4 letters]masonry[7].) If not, I suggest a quick google search and at least read the Wikipedia page. Without a knowledge of Masons, one hasn't a clue of US History!

You owe me an apology.

"Everyone is judged according to their actions" - Bible

taheati

Great to see 3 kings reign supreme DESPITE another spurn by the those Spurluvin refs (

Dear Mike Breen -- SUCK IT. The "close call" against Bosh re Splitter's *obvious* charge is about as close as you'll ever get to broadcasting integrity.

THIRTY-ONE FREE THROWS to 17? Another "close" one. Grented, the Heat (luckily) converted several mission-impossibles that became and-1s (instead of make-2s). But the Miami can't rely on miracles in game 5.

Meanwhile, game balls to ALL. Heat players know how big Ray Allen was on BOTH ends of the floor, inside OR outside. Ditto Bosh times x 2, who schooled St.Tim with superior smarts, energy, toughness & skillz. They talked up Parker's 1st-half 15, but NoNo made him work & stole his gas. Miller didn't lite it up but he burned a lot of Spurs w/tenacious d. Ditto Rio. And UD.

And last but hardly least -- SCREW YOU DIME MAG. Wade is a HOFer no matter what "you" say. Chumps tweeted all kinds of smack after JVG called DWade top-5 at the 2. How ez they forget 2006 and all the other seasons Wade carried Miami like the Big O carried his.

Bron? Whan can u say. Greatest. Ever.

If the Heat can bring 48 mins of fury on Sunday, they'll be bringing another O'Brien to another Biscayne parade soon enuff.

taheati

"[Granted], the Heat (luckily) converted several (hacked & bludgeone) mission-impossibles that became and-1s (instead of make-2s). But [Miami] can't rely on miracles in game 5."

Sad times.

Posted by: Reality Bites | 06/14/2013 at 11:40 AM

This is a sports blog in the MIAMI Herald. People are going to talk about MIAMI teams.

No one likes you, no one's interested in what you have to say on any sport.

Try the Gainesville Times.

TK SWANN

NOW THAT WAS THE REAL BIG THREE IN ACTION LAST NIGHT AND IF THEY CAN DUPLICATE AT LEAST SOME OF THAT PERFORMANCE OFFENSIVELY THAN HEAT SHOULD WIN THE SERIES. PARKER IS NOT 100% AND THE REST WILL NOT HELP THE HAM STRING AFTER HE HAS TO START AND THEN STOP AND THEN START AGAIN. DEFENSIVELY THE HEAT SIMPLY NEEDS TO KEEP UP THE PRESSURE AND THE SPURS WILL TURN THE BALL OVER. THE REST WILL HELP BOTH TEAMS BUT THE PRESSURE NOW SHIFTS TO THE SPURS, IF THEY LOSE SUNDAY THIS SERIES IS BASICALLY OVER. I CANNOT SEE THE SPURS WINNING TWICE IN S. BEACH. SPO STRATEGY SUNDAY SHOULD BE TO ATTACK AND PRESSURE AND KEEP IT CLOSE AND THE SPURS WILL FOLD UNDER PRESSURE WITHOUT PARKER. IF YOU LIVE BY THE 3PT YOU DIE BY THE 3PT ! GO HEAT!!

Marios

Tony Parker tired and so went the spurs. I would pressure him to death from the beginning of game 5, full court pressure defense all the way, alternate with Chalmers and Norris. Then on offense run him to death by having Chalmers and Cole fast break even without the ball and move nonstop, he won't even be effective until end of 3rd quarter like game 4, he will be dead by halftime.
Also noticed how slow the spurs are on defense, we finally used our speed in game 4 and totally exposed them.
That's how OKC did it last year and beat them 3 straight once they figured it out.

TK SWANN

MARIOS ! YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT ON YOUR ANALYSIS SIR! YOU HAVE PLAYED SOME B-BALL AT SOME POINT IN YOUR LIFE. THE SPURS ARE SLOW AND WHAT SAVES THEM IS THE OFFICIALS SEEM TO ALWAYS FAVOR THEM IN A CLOSE GAME. THE HEAT NEED TO PLAY FAST, ATTACK DUNCAN, AND WEAR PARKER OUT JUST AS YOU SAID. I WOULD DO THIS AS A COACH. WEAR DOWN PARKER, STOP THE 3 PT SHOOTERS AND LET DUNCAN HAVE TO SCORE 40 TO WIN. HE CANNOT DO IT AND THE MAIN COG IN THEIR ENGINE IS PARKER. SPO NEEDS TO WEAR HIM OUT AND THE HEAT WILL PREVAIL. GO HEAT!! SERIES GUARANTEED TO RETURN TO S. BEACH !!

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