HEAT NOT HOT IN GAME 3
Miami's outside shooting was poor in Game 3. The Heat made just five of 31 shots from outside the paint. But LeBron James' 3-pointer late in the third quarter gave Miami a 69-67 lead.
“Big shot,” LeBron admitted. “We rode that wave that we had. You know, Shane (Battier) is our key guy right now, our only guy that's making perimeter shots, and even a few shots that we make from the outside, it opens it up for all of us.”
Parties from both teams agreed that these Finals might not be a beauty pageant. The defenses are too severe.
“When you're talking about the best teams at this time, you take it any way you can get it,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra.
Said James: “I don't give a damn how we get four (wins). We can win 32-31. It doesn't matter to me. We can win any type of game.”
The NBA announced that the Philippines tops the lists of foreign countries following the league on social media. Credit Spoelstra, who is Filipino-American. His mother is from the Philippines.
“They root for us,” Spoelstra said. “It's great to see. I had my family over here last night from the Philippines. The one thing about the Philippines is they are rabid basketball fanatics, and it's been that way for awhile.”
HEAT: BIG BALL
Spoelstra doesn't accept any references to the Heat's “small” lineup.
“I don't want it to sound like coachspeak, but we really don't see ourselves as smaller,” Spoelstra said. “We think the versatility of our roster is one of our greatest strengths … we have guys that can play different positions, and they're tough-minded.”
James is averaging 30.3 points and 10.3 rebounds through three games of this series. But Spoelstra refuses to identify James as a power forward.
“No,” Spoelstra said. “I think of him as a great basketball player. That's what I tell him. You're a player. Make plays.”