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07:10 AM ET 06.18 | "Must-win" is now obvious. In moments like these for [the Heat] -- when a victory is absolutely necessary -- Coach Erik Spoelstra falls back on two ideas. One, his players play their best when the lights are the brightest. It is paramount for LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to have strong performances in Game 6 if the Heat want to extend the NBA Finals to a seventh game against the San Antonio Spurs. Two, Spoelstra says "everything is on the table." ... That means most players are available to play and starting lineup changes are possible. ... And now, it might be time for Spoelstra to again tinker with his starting lineup. Would he put [Udonis Haslem] back in and move [Mike Miller] back to the bench? "We'll see," he said.

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June 18, 2013  07:30 AM ET

Putting Haslem back in takes away a shooter and puts Splitter back in the game to clog the lanes.

June 18, 2013  08:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Putting Haslem back in takes away a shooter and puts Splitter back in the game to clog the lanes.

Spo is clearly in panic mode which is not good for someone that needs to be thinking clarity of thought to make best use of his assets. But alas it's all Lebron's fault... from global warming to world peace. Put it on Lebron.

June 18, 2013  08:31 AM ET

I sure hope they blow it.

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June 18, 2013  08:49 AM ET

It won't matter unless the King shows up playing agressive. If Lebron continues to settle for jumpers then it won't matter if Haslem or Miller starts. Both lineup works but Lebron has to make it work. Lebron has to start drawing 2 guys on him. He has to let the Spurs force the ball out of his hand which means they have to double him or he attacks the basket. Shooting jumpers just plays in the Spurs hand...

June 18, 2013  08:53 AM ET
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It won't matter unless the King shows up playing agressive. If Lebron continues to settle for jumpers then it won't matter if Haslem or Miller starts. Both lineup works but Lebron has to make it work. Lebron has to start drawing 2 guys on him. He has to let the Spurs force the ball out of his hand which means they have to double him or he attacks the basket. Shooting jumpers just plays in the Spurs hand...

Please stop calling that d bag "the King". He is the king of nothing besides maybe sellouts and punks.

June 18, 2013  08:54 AM ET

Is it too late to put Pat Riley back in? just wondering...

It more interesting to see the match up of Popovich vs Riley than those flops

June 18, 2013  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Putting Haslem back in takes away a shooter and puts Splitter back in the game to clog the lanes.

If Spurs go small -- who will Haslem (or Bosh) guard ? I think Spurs will work over Miller or whoever guards Leonard in pick & rolls. (like they did last game)

June 18, 2013  09:03 AM ET

The Queen will never be Mike. Michael Jordan NEVER flopped. Spoelstra is nothing but a glorified video tape reviewer. A real coach would have three in-a-row-already. This series is all but done. Save the cost of electricity, folks. "Light Out" Green will have as many rings are The Queen by 11:45pm tonight.

June 18, 2013  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

The Queen will never be Mike. Michael Jordan NEVER flopped. Spoelstra is nothing but a glorified video tape reviewer. A real coach would have three in-a-row-already. This series is all but done. Save the cost of electricity, folks. "Light Out" Green will have as many rings are The Queen by 11:45pm tonight.

LMAO!

June 18, 2013  09:11 AM ET

Keep Miller in the starting lineup, Birdman may need to get some minutes off the bench though...

June 18, 2013  09:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

The Queen will never be Mike. Michael Jordan NEVER flopped. Spoelstra is nothing but a glorified video tape reviewer. A real coach would have three in-a-row-already. This series is all but done. Save the cost of electricity, folks. "Light Out" Green will have as many rings are The Queen by 11:45pm tonight.

HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA HA HA HA HA HA "Green will have as many rings are The Queen by 11:45pm tonight." I've never thought of it that way, but you're right.

And The Queen will have 2 less rings than Luc Longley and Bill Perdue.

June 18, 2013  09:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Keep Miller in the starting lineup, Birdman may need to get some minutes off the bench though...

The Heat will win this series. Unless the Spurs can win tonight, which I highly doubt they will, the Miami Heat will repeat.

June 18, 2013  09:34 AM ET
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The Heat will win this series. Unless the Spurs can win tonight, which I highly doubt they will, the Miami Heat will repeat.

I am sure the refs will make sure that happens.

June 18, 2013  09:38 AM ET

It's Not Who You Play But How You Play, Bros.

June 18, 2013  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Spo is clearly in panic mode which is not good for someone that needs to be thinking clarity of thought to make best use of his assets. But alas it's all Lebron's fault... from global warming to world peace. Put it on Lebron.

I thought it was Kobe's fault.

June 18, 2013  09:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

The Queen will never be Mike. Michael Jordan NEVER flopped. Spoelstra is nothing but a glorified video tape reviewer. A real coach would have three in-a-row-already. This series is all but done. Save the cost of electricity, folks. "Light Out" Green will have as many rings are The Queen by 11:45pm tonight.

^^^ As Jim Rome would say, "Rack him!" ^^^

June 18, 2013  09:49 AM ET

Joey crawford just announced as one of tonights refs. Heat win, don't bother watching.

June 18, 2013  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

I thought it was Kobe's fault.

Nice. I posted the exact same thing on the other Heat thread.

 
June 18, 2013  09:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA HA HA HA HA HA "Green will have as many rings are The Queen by 11:45pm tonight." I've never thought of it that way, but you're right. And The Queen will have 2 less rings than Luc Longley and Bill Perdue.

And one less than Luke Walton.

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