The Spurs looked dominant in Game 3. They played their brand of basketball to perfection, and made Miami look completely overmatched doing it.
But if San Antonio wants to leave Miami tonight with a 3-1 series lead, they’re going to have to break a seriously impressive streak Miami has going for them. Miami has gone an incredible 48 playoff games without consecutive losses. The last time they lost two playoff games in a row was in the 2011 Finals against the Dallas Mavericks.
The Heat’s 48-game streak is the third longest of all time. Only the 1990-1993 Bulls (52 games) and the 1962-1966 Celtics (54 games) have topped it.
Chris Bosh talked about the accomplishment recently, and says he and his Heat teammates like playing with their backs against the wall.
“You do have a healthy dose of fear, that makes you focus more,” he said. “It makes you play better, play harder. When your back is against the wall, it’s a very unique feeling.”
No matter how powerful that unique feeling is for the Heat, they’ll need to be at their best tonight if they want to keep the streak alive. The Spurs know what’s on the line tonight. If San Antonio goes up 3-1, a Miami comeback would be extremely difficult and unlikely. Pressure is on – for both sides.
Tip off is at 9 p.m. eastern.