San Antonio does not have an impressive track record to date against the NBA’s top teams. As a matter of fact, their three wins against winning teams this season is downright questionable. But we can chalk that up to injuries for the most part, and now that Gregg Popovich has his pieces coming together, there should be no excuse against the Heat.
As LeBron James comes off a career-high 61-point performance from earlier in the week, the Spurs will have to be especially geared on the defensive end. The difference between this game and the last will be Kawhi Leonard. He will likely earn the right to guard the four-time Most Valuable Player of the NBA as he did in the Finals.* San Antonio cannot look to outshoot or outrun the Heat because athleticism will not favor them. Defense will be the answer and the exclamation point on the Spurs’ public service announcement to the league. San Antonio Spurs: Miami Heat Present Must-Win Game for Aging Team