Game three of the NBA Finals is set for Tuesday, and with the series tied at one game a piece, neither team is looking past the other.
“You never put them away. I think they always believe and it's the same with us," says Miami's Dwayne Wade. "You can't, you won't, put us away because we're always going to believe. That's why this is a perfect, different animal, kind of series. They're the other team like us. They don't lose much and when they do, they come back and be better in the next game. So we've got to come out and do the same thing."
San Antonio Guard Tony Parker agrees.
“They came out great. They played a great game, now it's our turn to go over there and get one," he says. "We played pretty well all season long on the road and so we're going to have two great opportunities to try to come up with a win."
With Sunday’s win in San Antonio, the Heat has won 13 straight coming off a play-off loss. At home, they’ve won a franchise record 11 straight postseason games. But the last team to win a playoff game in Miami was the Spurs, who won last year's game one of the finals.
Miami Coach Erik Spoelstra says even with the home court advantage at American Airlines Arena in Miami, it’s not going to be easy to beat the Spurs.
“Coming back here, there has to be an incredible sense of focus and urgency. They're a veteran, poised, championship-level team that's been through a lot. The crowd won't affect them much.”
Manu Ginobili believes it’s a make or break two games in Miami.
“We don't want to come back here 3-1 down. It's very hard to overcome that. Definitely going to be a great challenge for the team to play in an arena like that and having to win.”
After suffering from leg cramps in game one, and then exploding for 35 points in game two, LeBron James says, despite what happens on the court, he feels good knowing that his teammates have his back.
“To have that trust from my teammates, they know when I've got the ball, I'm going to make the right play. Doesn't mean it's going to go in. Doesn't mean it's going to result in a win, but they believe in my ability,” he said.
With the two best teams in the NBA squaring off in the Finals, no matter what happens in game three, this series looks like it’s going six or seven.