San Antonio put on a show in its last home game of the season on Sunday night, but Miami is still favored to sweep the final two games of the series and win the NBA title. The Heat are seven point favorites for game six, and -140 favorites to win both game six and game seven.
The Heat have shown composure following a loss, winning and covering in 12 straight games coming off a defeat, a streak going back to January 8 and 10 – the last time they lost back-to-back games. Coach Erik Spoelstra talks about game five and Miami’s trip back home down 3-2 in the series.
On the Spurs run to put the game away:
COACH ERIK SPOELSTRA: Yeah, I mean once we got it back to one and we felt that we had weathered the storm, then we missed a couple of shots that we normally are accustomed to making, and then it just snowballed down the hill from there. And we couldn’t control it. I think it was a 19-1 run after that point. And so we just didn’t show the mental resolve that we needed to at that point. It snowballed. After we missed a couple of lay-ups, a couple of fast breaks, then it turned into a five-point swing right away. Missed lay-up, three going the other way. That type of thing. And then we just couldn’t recover from there.
On Manu Ginobili starting the game for San Antonio:
SPOELSTRA: No. I anticipated that he would probably start or at least play a significant amount. He was very good. Not only Ginobili, but basically everybody on their team was taking turns off the dribble, getting by us and breaking down our defense.
On being unable to stop Danny Green:
SPOELSTRA: That will be something that we have to correct, and we just got to do it better. Got to do it harder, and be more committed. He’s getting some open looks, and he’s making some contested looks. But the open looks are the ones that are killing us.
On going home down 3-2 in the series:
SPOELSTRA: You fight for that home court. Our focus now, which is what we wanted to do in this game and we were a far cry from it, is to focus on playing our best game. Can we put together our best game on both sides of the floor in Game 6. We do feel good that we’re going home for that game. But we’ve got to earn back that home court. And so our focus is only on the next game.
On the inconsistency of his point guards, Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole:
SPOELSTRA: They have had their moments where they’ve played well. Game 6 could be a different story. Different guys will step up at different times. And you just have to read the game. We’re looking forward to going home, and that’s all the talk we had in the locker room is, can we put together our best game for Game 6? Guys are looking forward to playing in front of our fans.