5 things to watch: Spurs vs. Heat (Game 4)

The San Antonio Spurs (2-1) will look to put a vice grip on the NBA Finals series with the Miami Heat (1-2) tonight in Miami for Game 4 of the Finals.

The Spurs are coming off a 111-92 pasting of the Heat in Game 3 in Miami. The Spurs missed only two shots from the field in the first, shooting 86.7 percent, including a perfect 4-of-4 from three-point range, as San Antonio scored 41 points in the quarter to take a 16-point lead. Miami cut the San Antonio lead to 10, 90-80, with 8:54 remaining, but would get no closer than that the rest of the way as the Spurs closed out the win. LeBron James scored 22 points and Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 29 points, a career high.

And as the Spurs look to get the win tonight, here are five things to watch for in tonight’s clash:

  • Under Gregg Popovich, the Spurs have won 15 of 18 series in which the Spurs lead a best-of-seven series, 2-1.
  • The last time the Heat were down 2-1 in a postseason series and came back to win that series was last season against SA, after falling behind 2-1, then recording a 4-3 series win, earning Miami their third NBA Championship.
  • The Heat have won their last 13 consecutive postseason games following a loss, the longest active streak in the NBA.
  • Miami has won their last five consecutive postseason series after losing Game One of that series.
  • The Heat have posted a 68-20 record at the AmericanAirlines Arena during postseason play.