NBA Finals Game 5 Preview: Heat face elimination on the road versus Spurs

Andy Lyons

The San Antonio Spurs are one win away from the title while the Miami Heat attempt to climb out of a tough 1-3 hole.

As the scene shifts back to the Alamo, the San Antonio Spurs are on the brink of another title while the Miami Heat are in the precarious and not so familiar position of looking to take things one game at time.

Down 3-1, Miami now faces the daunting task of accomplishing what no team has ever done in NBA Finals history, come back and win 3 straight games to win an NBA championship. If Games 3 and 4 were any indication of where this series is right now, the best bet is that Miami's chances of an historic three-peat may come to a abrupt end on Sunday night in a series which has dramatically tilted the Spurs way after taking both games at AmericanAirlines Arena in bulldozing fashion.

For LeBron James, while the task ahead may be tough to accomplish, he has another perspective of looking at the rest of this series in terms of where the Heat currently stands and whether they can make history.

So history is made to be broken, and why not me be a part of it? That would be great. That would be a great story line, right?"

It would be great. But it won't be easy that's for certain. If Miami is to even be competitive starting from Game 5, finding way to slow down the machine that is the San Antonio Spurs offense will be a great place to start.

Coach Gregg Popovich and the Spurs have had the Miami Heat defense, especially during Games 3 and 4, looking everything from confused to discombobulated in their rotations to the point of mental fatigue. It also would help that rather than Miami relying solely on their 4-time MVP, that the still very capable supporting cast steps their game up in this time of crisis.

The Miami backcourt which in the past has been dependable in big moments has been downright dismal and that's before we even bring up Dwyane Wade and his putrid performances in Games 3 and 4. Starting point guard Mario Chalmers has vanished in this series and Norris Cole hasn't fared much better.

It's going to be interesting how coach Erik Spoelstra approaches his rotation in Game 5. There is a strong possibility that Coach Spo will take the "all hands on deck" approach and dig even deeper into his rotation and give minutes to guys like James Jones, Udonis Haslem and even Toney Douglas.

Simply put, it's now or never for Miami.

There is no tomorrow. Unless Miami changes that narrative.

TIPOFF: 8pm EST
LINE: Spurs by 5.5
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