Miami’s Adjustments Work; Series Tied 2-2
And after getting outrebounded by 16 by the San Antonio Spurs in a Game 3 blowout loss, reverting back to small ball seemed unlikely.
But Heat coach Erik Spoelstra made the switch for the opening tip Thursday in Game 4, and it turned out to be exactly what the Heat needed to even the Finals at 2-2. Sharpshooting swingman Mike Miller took Udonis Haslem’s spot in the starting lineup; the league’s all-time leading three-point shooter, Ray Allen, played 33 minutes; and the Heat blasted the Spurs 109-93.
“We’ve seen that lineup often this year and this playoffs for sure,” Allen told USA TODAY Sports.
With Miller in the starting lineup, the Spurs quickly had to adjust. The Spurs spent the rest of the game adjusting to the Heat, not vice versa.