Before you say anything, those refer to the San Antonio Spurs, not the Indiana Pacers. Despite the 2-2 tie, game 5 is in Miami and game 3 showed up what this team is really capable of.
It is worth noting how much impact LeBron James has had in final scores though.
A game winning layup in game 1 gives Miami the walk-off win. A pair of turnovers in the final minute of game 2 help the Pacers tie it up. 22 points, plus double digit scoring from the rest of the starting five, returned home court advantage to the Heat. Last night, King James fouls out and isn't on the floor for a big shot when they need it (Tebow knows they can't rely on Battier anymore).
Regardless of who steps up in the remaining games of this series, the Heat have one thing on their minds heading into game 5 tomorrow night: the Spurs.
San Antonio, on the other hand, cannot be happier with what they saw last night. Someone finally got to LeBron, Chris Bosh saw Deja Vu and the series is tied after four games, something the Grizzlies can now only dream about.
Looking ahead to the finals, there is one player that the Heat should be legitimately scared of. His name is Tony Parker.
They should be on their toes with the entire Spurs roster, which is just as deep as theirs. But when it comes to the "X-Factor" matchup, it will be at the point guard position.
Tim Duncan is going to get his. It is one of those things that you have to plan for if you are Eric Spolestra (like Hibbert getting his). He was going to get his anyway, but if Bosh is hurt again, it will be like a buffet. Luckily, he has LeBron. It kind of helps in situatons like these.
Any time someone on the other team needs to get in foul trouble, you put LeBron on him. A kid playing NBA 2K13 could tell you that.
But again, Parker will be the problem.
It is getting to that point again where D-Wade is turning into a broken down car again, just like he did against Boston last year. We know he is not the same Wade that lead the Heat to the 2006 title. That's why Pat Riley, the genius that he is, brought in parts two and three of the big three.
But with Wade not able to penetrate very often, Parker will rarely be in foul trouble. You can't put LeBron on him because then Duncan, Ginobli and Splitter will have field days (or court days). And if you leave Wade on him... well we remember what Parker did in game 4 against Memphis.
As surprising as it may sound, this NBA Finals series will likely be even tough than last year's. Even with Harden and a healthy Westbrook, if you keep Durant in check (relatively speaking of course) then life becomes a lot easier.
That is not going to cut it this time around.