Jun 10, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) reacts during the fourth quarter of game three against the San Antonio Spurs in the 2014 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena. San Antonio defeated Miami 111-92. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Finals: Heat have backs against the wall

Game 4 of the NBA Finals will be as close of a must-win game for the Miami Heat as there will ever be. Losing two straight home games in the NBA Finals and going down 3-1 is almost impossible to come back from. Miami must respond with a win in Game 4 if they plan on winning their 3rd straight NBA championship and completing the 3-peat.

Miami was playing from behind for the majority of Game 3, as the San Antonio Spurs hardly missed any shots in the 1st half, scoring 41 points in the 1st quarter, and 71 points in the entire 1st half. Kawhi Leonard led the way with 29 points, and Danny Green finished with 15 points and 5 steals.

It is hard to beat the Spurs when you allow Kawhi Leonard to score 29 points. In the first two games of the series, Leonard was in foul trouble and was on the bench for a majority of the game. That wasn’t the case in Game 4.

Mario Chalmers has been facing criticism for his lack of production here of late, and that criticism is deserving. In this series, Chalmers almost has more turnovers in this series than he has points, and is 3 for 12 from the field, making 1 out of 5 three-point attempts.

If Miami wants to come back and win the NBA Finals, they will need some more production from Mario Chalmers.

Another key for the Miami Heat is getting consistent scoring from “Non-Big 3″ players.

You can depend on LeBron James to show up, along with Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh. But outside of them, there are no guarantees. Ray Allen might be the closest, but you can’t win a championship while only getting consistent scoring from 3 players. You need a whole team, which helped the Spurs in Game 3.

LeBron James is an awesome basketball player, but even he needs some help. He can’t do it all by himself. Nobody has ever won a championship all by himself, not even Michael Jordan (gasp) even MJ had to have some help from his teammates.

Chris Bosh is a big X-factor for the Heat. He was great in Game 2, but not so much in Game 3. For the Miami Heat to win Game 4, Bosh needs to have a great game, along with LeBron James.

I have the Miami Heat winning Game 4 and tying the series at 2 games apiece. Game 3 was the Spurs hot shooting night, but Game 4 will be Miami’s turn. Mario Chalmers will break out of his slump and will have a positive impact on the game. Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis will hit their 3’s, and LeBron will help get them going.

What are your predictions for Game 4? Will the Heat tie it up or will the Spurs take a 3-1 series lead? Let your voice be heard in the comment section below!

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