- Although coach Erik Spoelstra did not announce any lineup or rotation changes, it appears reserve center Chris Andersen will play after sitting out Games 4 and 5. Andersen was a rotation casualty once Spoelstra replaced Udonis Haslem in the starting lineup with Mike Miller.
- The Heat say they will make defending Spurs guard Danny Green on the perimeter a bigger priority. Green has made a Finals record 25 3-pointers in the series. Heat center Chris Bosh said, “He won’t be open tonight.”
- Green said he expected a stronger emphasis. He said it’s a matter of adjusting to whatever defense the Heat throws at him, adding, “the first five minutes is what we adjust to.”
- Look for the Heat to utilize a different strategy against Spurs guard Tony Parker, too. Parker had 26 points in Game 5 because he somewhat caught the Heat off guard by being in more isolation situations against Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole. Chalmers said the Heat properly adjusted the game plan for Tuesday.
- Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Tony Parker’s leg is “fine,” but he’s hopeful that Parker can avoid the second half of Game 4 when he came out of the locker room and went scoreless in the second half. “His leg is fine, so whatever he does at halftime … keep it warm. Don’t get stiff,” Popovich said. Parker sustained a Grade 1 strain of his right hamstring in Game 3.
- Chris Bosh has told reporters he expected to be “a mess” prior to Game 5 tonight. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he can understand the nerves. “This is the life we chose,” Spoelstra said. “You feel alive at this time of year.”
- While Spoelstra said he didn’t enjoy waiting the two days between games, Popovich welcomed the extra day. “Speaking selfishly, for myself, the two days were great because we’re a little older,” Popovich said. “We need a little more time.”
– Tim Price
- Tony Parker said he will play tonight in Game 4 despite the Grade 1 strain of his right hamstring that bothered him in Game 3 two days ago. “I’ll be ready to go,” Parker repeated when asked three times about the injury. The Spurs (up 2-1 in the Finals) weren’t very talkative about it, either. “He’ll play,” coach Gregg Popovich said. “(I expect from Parker) the same as any other player. I want him to do his best.”
- Miami coach Erik Spoelstra won’t confirm that Mike Miller is starting tonight for the Heat in place of, presumably, Udonis Halsem. Such a move could inject some early offense and spreading of the floor for Miami, but it also could force LeBron James to guard Tim Duncan. “There’s been some wild rumors,” Spoelstra said, adding he used the usual eight players in different rotations at shootaround today. “Any decision is tough. I’ll make any decision we feel is necessary to help us immediately, because there’s not much time.” Miller is 9-for-10 on 3-pointers and has hit eight in a row including the 5-for-5 from Game 3. Halsem has only taken seven shots, hitting three.
– Tim Price
- Chris Bosh said today the Spurs are playing minds games with him by leaving him open at the 3-point line. “I know what they’re doing,” he said at shootaround prior to tonight’s Game 3. Bosh missed all four attempts from the 3-point line in Game 1 and did not try anything from the arc with 10 attempts from the floor in Game 2. He has the green light from the Heat to jack them up, however. “The corner 3 will still be a part of the game,” Miami coach Eric Spoelstra said. “But that just depends on spacing and what happens during the course pf the game.”
- Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, as often happens, was not a fountain of information in a pre-game news conference tonight. When asked how many of the Spurs’ 15 turnovers in Game 2 were forced by the Heat as compared to unforced mental errors by the Spurs, Popovich replied, I think probably about half.” His response to Tim Duncan’s 6-for-14 shooting night in Game 2?: “I think they did a good job keeping the ball away from him.”
– Tim Price
- Heat coach Erik Spoelstra downplayed his decision to sit LeBron James at the start of the fourth quarter. James normally starts the fourth quarter. The Spurs made their run when James was on the bench. James said, “Every game is different. You never know what type of rhythm you’re going to be in.”
- The Heat are looking at this as a must-win because of the situation. Guard Dwyane Wade said it would be difficult to overcome a 2-0 deficit with the series shifting to San Antonio for three straight games. Wade said, “It’s very urgent. Obviously you don’t want to go down 0-2 going to San Antonio for three straight games.”
- The Spurs say they expect James to defend guard Tony Parker more in the fourth quarter. James made the switch in Game 1 but not before Parker had rallied to the Spurs.
- The Spurs have won seven straight games in the postseason. One of the team’s streaks will end tonight because the Heat haven’t lost back-to-back games since early January.