Jun 8, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) handles the ball against San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green (4) during the first quarter in game two of the 2014 NBA Finals at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Finals: Who will take the 2-1 series lead?

The first two games of this years NBA Finals have been very entertaining to say the least.

Game 1 will always be known as the “cramp game” and “no air conditioning game,”as both those headlines overshadowed the actual basketball that was played that night.

Game 2 on the other hand, LeBron James was able to avoid getting any leg cramps, and took his anger and frustrations out on the San Antonio Spurs. LeBron imposed his will with 35 points, 10 rebounds, and made 14 out of his 22 shots. Teammate Chris Bosh was the one who made the clutch shot at the end, when he hit this 3-pointer to give the Heat a 95-93 lead late in the 4th quarter:

 

We saw the Miami Heat respond with a win after suffering a loss in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, but will the San Antonio Spurs be able to do the same in Game 3?

It will not be easy, as the Miami Heat are undefeated at home so far this postseason, and their role players play better, and feel a lot more comfortable at home.

What can the Spurs do to end that streak on Tuesday night? First of all, they can’t afford to turn the ball over. The Miami Heat love it when teams commit turnovers against them, allowing them to get out in transition. If Game 3 is played in an up-tempo style with lots of 3-pointers shot, that will work in the Miami Heat’s favor, making it less likely the Spurs can regain the home-court advantage they once had at the beginning of this series.

Kawhi Leonard staying out of foul trouble will also be pivotal for the Spurs. Leonard spent a lot of Game 2 on the bench with foul trouble, as he eventually fouled out of the game. He is the main defender of LeBron James, he can’t guard LeBron if he’s on the bench with foul trouble. In order for the Spurs to win Game 3, Kawhi Leonard has to have a positive impact on the game for San Antonio.

At the end of the day, I have the Miami Heat wining Game 3. I just feel that Miami is a different team at home, and they will feed off their crowd en route to a Game 3 win, taking a 2-1 series lead. Dwyane Wade will be the X-factor for the Heat. If Wade is able to score over 20 points, expect a Miami Heat victory on Tuesday night.

Air conditioning will also be an X-factor for the Heat, as we saw in Game 1…they don’t function well without it.

What do you think? What is your prediction for Game 3? Who will be the X-factor? Let your voice be heard in the comment section below!

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