NBA Finals: Miami Heat notebook

Miami's outside shooting was poor in Game 3. The Heat made just five of 31 shots from outside the paint.
by Berry Tramel Modified: June 18, 2012 at 6:57 pm •  Published: June 18, 2012

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.”

UGLY BASKETBALL

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.”

FILIPINO INFLUENCE

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.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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