NBA Finals – Heat at Spurs, Game 5

The San Antonio Spurs are one win away from taking another NBA title; it would be their fifth in the Tim Duncan-Greg Popovich era and would cement their long-running dynasty.  But the Miami Heat still stand in their way and won’t go easily as the two teams face off Sunday night in Game 5 (8:00 p.m. ET on ABC).

 

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The San Antonio Spurs are one win away from taking another NBA title; it would be their fifth in the Tim Duncan-Greg Popovich era and would cement their long-running dynasty.  But the Miami Heat still stand in their way and won’t go easily as the two teams face off Sunday night in Game 5 (8:00 p.m. ET on ABC).

The Spurs have a history of heartbreak as their proof that this isn’t over.  They were seconds away from winning the title last year in Game 6 against the Heat until guard Ray Allen hit a game-tying three-pointer in the final seconds to send the game to overtime.

The rest is history; a history that the Spurs will draw from this year.

“We’re 30 seconds away,” Duncan said.  “We feel that we have it in the bag and it slips out of our fingers.  So I think we learn from that, and we draw on that, and we say, ‘Hey, it’s not over till it’s over.’  Our goal right now is to just win one more game.  We’d love to do it [Sunday].  We’d love to do it in one game.

“We know the caliber team they are,” he added.  “We have a lot of respect for what they’re able to do.  They’re able to throw it into another gear, and they’re going to do just that.  They don’t want this to be [over] … and we don’t want to give them any life.”

LeBron James meanwhile, has different designs on this series.  On the reality that no team has ever come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA Finals, James opined, “Why not us?  History is broken all the time.”

It will be a tough task, but James and the Heat have come back against the Spurs before.

The current Betting Line favors the Spurs at -5.5.  The Over/Under is at 196.5.