With a win tonight, the Heat can take control of this series going back to Miami in Game 5 with a chance to win the series as well. However, if the Nets win tonight, the series will be tied and the Nets will have much needed confidence going to Miami in Game 5.
In Game 3 the Nets went to small ball and seemed to make every three point shot they attempted in the fourth quarter. Now the Heat have to make some adjustments.
First off, the Heat need to be more physical with the Nets’ shooters like Joe Johnson and Mirza Teletovic. Make them put the ball on the floor and take contested jump shots. The Heat weren’t aggressive enough in Game 3 and it showed by the outcome of that game.
Andray Blatche can’t have another big game if the Heat expect to win as well. He had a double-double and was a part of the reason the Nets outrebounded the Heat 43-27. I don’t expect that to happen again in Game 4 because the Heat will be more focused and ready to play.
LeBron James is going to come out tonight and set the tone. There has already been talk that tonight’s game is going to be very physical, so look for James to embrace the contact and show the Nets why he’s the best player on the court.
The Heat need to hit some perimeter shots tonight too. Last game the Heat struggled to space the floor because their perimeter shots were not falling. This may be the time for Erik Spoelstra to give James Jones some more minutes. He played well in the Charlotte Bobcats series and deserves a chance to show what he can do in this series. Ray Allen has played well so far in this series, but you can never have too many shooters on the floor. James has lobbied for more minutes for Jones and now it’s time for Spoelstra to make that a reality in Game 4.
Tonight’s game is going to be an exciting one. Now that the Nets have regained their confidence, they are going to play much better basketball. I also can’t forget to mention that the Nets are playing at home as well, which always seems to help. But the Heat win tonight by a strong performance from James, 101-98.
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