(Photo: Reuters/Joe Skipper)
Miami Heat vs San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals 2013 Game 5 takes place on Sunday night with the Heat looking to take control of the series by stealing another win in San Antonio to take a lead back to Miami for Game 6. The game is scheduled to tip off at 8 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
This series is turning into a classic with things swaying back and forth between the Heat and the Spurs, and every single game seems to throw all predictions out the window.
Many believed the Heat would simply be too strong for the Spurs coming into this series. However, San Antonio straight away proved doubters wrong by snatching Game 1 in Miami in an amazingly close game that went down to the final seconds.
Pundits were wondering how the Heat would respond and they came out for Game 2 and blew out the Spurs, devastating San Antonio across the third and fourth periods to exert their dominance.
Most believed the Spurs had woken up a sleeping giant, and that Game 2 was a marker for the rest of the series, which the Heat would go on a win easily. However, Game 3 saw an unbelievable reaction from San Antonio, who gave us an even bigger blowout of the Heat, destroying LeBron James and Miami in a way we have not seen from any team for a long time.
With the Spurs 2-1 up and the next two games taking place in San Antonio, many believed the Spurs had the chance to wrap things up without the need of returning to Miami for Game 6. However, once again predictions proved wrong with the Heat reacting once again to level up the series at 2-2 in Game 4, and thereby guaranteeing at least the series would go to game 6 and they would return to home court.
Now we are at a hugely pivotal stage of this series – whoever wins tonight will have a massive advantage going forward. The Spurs will feel this is a must-win – if they are forced to travel for the final two games in Miami being 3-2 down, they will know there would only be an very outside chance of them taking the title. Even if they are able to steal Game 6 in Miami, it might be a bridge too far to take down the Heat twice in a row on the road.
However, if the Spurs win tonight and go 3-2 up, they will know they just need to win one of the final two games on the road. If that happens Miami will be on the brink, and know they have no more chances to slip up when the series returns to their home court.
Miami Heat vs San Antonio Spurs is scheduled to tip off at 8 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (Game 5 has ended - for Game 7 live stream information please CLICK HERE).