The Heat won Game 2 by 19, lost Game 3 by 36 and then cruised to a 16-point win in Game 4 on Thursday night. This series may be on a run of blowouts, but each game was close at halftime and felt like it could have gone either way until one or two factors brought on an avalanche.
“This series is being decided by this,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said, pinching his index finger and thumb together. “It might not be that way in the (scores), but in terms of how competitive it actually is.”
It’s a three-game series now. A pivotal Game 5 is tonight in San Antonio.
“It’s a play here, a shot here or there with three minutes to go or could be a period at the end of the third period where you turn it over two or three times and the other team makes two shots,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.
• Spurs guard Tony Parker said Saturday the strained right hamstring that wore him down this week could tear “any time now.”
But he’s giving no thought to letting the injury properly heal.
“If it was the regular season, I would be resting like 10 days,” Parker said. “But now it’s the NBA Finals. If it gets a tear, it’s life.”
It would also deal a major blow to the Spurs’ chances of winning this title.
Yet despite the blunt assessment of his hamstring, the All-Star told reporters he is getting stronger on the eve of San Antonio’s final home game Sunday night. Parker said he is confident, staying disciplined with treatment and still aspires to be “close to 100 percent” by tipoff.