After losing their first home game of the 2014 NBA playoffs, the Miami Heat will try and avoid falling into a 1-3 hole against the San Antonio Spurs tonight. American Airlines Arena in Miami, Fla., will be the site for Game 4, which will be televised on ABC (National TV) and streaming live and free on ESPN3 (online).
According to a June 12 Bleacher Report, opening tipoff is scheduled for just after 9 p.m. Eastern Time (6 p.m. Pacific Time), following ABC’s presentation of NBA Countdown (8:30 p.m. ET). The ESPN3 live stream gets underway at the top of the hour, so please visit WatchESPN for more information or click here to launch the free live stream feed.
For the Spurs, going back to San Antonio with a 3-1 lead would be monumental for a team that suffered such a heartbreaking loss at the hands of these same Heat in last year’s NBA Finals. As Bill Reiter of FOX Sports reported on June 11, after yet another disappointing loss in Game 2, it was amazing to see how this team responded with a (111-92) road-victory that exemplified “classic, refined, shimmering presentation of San Antonio Spurs basketball at its best.”
For the Heat, coming off a destruction at the hands of the Spurs will likely yield one of two scenarios: This team will either rise to the occasion, or crumble under the pressure. An ESPN report discusses Miami’s mental state heading into Game 4 by posing the following question: Are the Heat in trouble?
In the report, a number of writers put in their two cents on the current situation, and for what it’s worth, there’s seems to be a common dominator in their opinions: Miami must win three games in a row, including a potential Game 7 in San Antonio, in order to three-peat.
With players like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, one would assume nothing’s impossible. Having that said, the Spurs superiority as a unit is something that no one in the Heat’s locker room can deny… they are simply the better all-around team in this series.
Nevertheless, there’s hope for Heat fans, as 2014 NBA Finals oddsmakers give the home team the nod in Game 4. According to the latest point spreads, Miami [-6] comes in as six-point favorites over the Spurs [+6] in the ATS department, and the OVER/UNDER tallies 196 points.
Can the Miami Heat even this best-of-seven series at two games apiece before the scenery shifts back to the San Antonio Spurs’ building for Game 5? Basketball fans around the world cannot afford to miss Game 4 of the 2014 NBA Finals.
The best part is that ESPN and ABC have made it so no one has to miss a single minute of what is becoming the biggest rivalry in the NBA today. Watch the Spurs battle the Heat in Game 4 by tuning to ABC (national TV broadcast) or ESPN3’s free live stream online feed.