The Heat lost game 4, 107-86,to the Spurs. Now, it neeeds three straight victories to earn a three-peat championship.
LeBron James and the Miami Heat have worked a miracle in the NBA Finals before. The Heat, however, will need to accomplish something even more miraculous to win a title again by way of the grandest comeback in the Finals, a history dating back to 1950.
One of the greatest NBA power forwards, Hall of Famer, current NBA TNT analyst Charles Barkley however doesn’t believe the Heat have enough fuel to bounce back and take over the series.
“They have to win two games in San Antonio. That’s over daunting. Daunting is not the right word. The right word is impossible. I don’t see them coming back. The reason I don’t think they have a chance is because these games haven’t been close,” Barkley said, Yahoo Sports reported.
“It ain’t like there have been one or two plays where you say the Heat can make an adjustment here or there. They have been beaten at home soundly,” he added.
No NBA Finals team has come back from a 3-1 deficit since the championship series began 64 years ago. Ever. Only eight teams have come back to win a playoff series after falling behind 3-1. The last to accomplish the feat was the Phoenix Suns against the Los Angeles Lakers in 2006 during Round 1 of the Western Conference playoffs.
Barkley himself knows what its like to be down 3-1 in the NBA finals. Back in 1993, Barkley and the Phoenix Suns were down 3-1 to Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.
The Suns won Game 5 in Chicago 108-98 to keep the series alive. But the Bulls won the championship the following game in Phoenix.
Barkley has changed his mind about the Spurs’ 2014 title chances after picking against the team since early April. Him and Shaquille O’Neal were sitting in as guest analysts for NBA TV’s “Game Time” on-site coverage in Miami for Games 3 & 4.
Back on April 10, Barkley said the Spurs would not make it past the first round, saying “I don’t think those old guys will be able to hold on. Tony Parker is the only one that is still in his prime. I think that age is going to take its toll on them.”
Barkley picked Dallas, Portland and Oklahoma City to win the Western Conference first round, semifinals and finals series, respectively.
Right after the conference finals Game 6 win, Barkley picked Miami to three-peat.
“I think Miami’s going to win the championship again,” Barkley said on “Inside the NBA.” “No disrespect to the Spurs. They’ve got the best organization in the NBA; they got the best coach in the NBA; they got the best point guard; they got the biggest fans, uhh, the best fans in the NBA, but I just think Miami’s gonna win.”
Barkley reversed course after watching Games 3 & 4.
“I ain’t gonna lie. We all try to act like we know what we’re talking about on television. We picked the Heat” Barkley said. “I’ve seen nothing in the last two games to make me think the Miami Heat have any chance of beating the Spurs.”
“After those first two games, you’re like, OK, LeBron (James) got cramped (up) in the first game and they won the second game. But these last two — once you settle into a series, the true teams come out and these were two just beat downs.”
“Normally you can say if they do this different or that different, LeBron would have to go crazy for three straight games but I don’t think the Spurs will ever let him do that. I think this series is over. I was 100 percent wrong. I picked the Heat to win this series. But this series is O-V-E-R,” Barkley said.
“We got to take our hat off to the Spurs. We didn’t say they were spent after Game 2. The Spurs are just kicking their ass, man!”
“These games (3 & 4) haven’t even been competitive,” Barkley said. “(Miami) gave up 41 points in the first quarter after stealing home court (with the Game 2 win) and the Heat made a run (in the second half). Then you expect them to come out tonight (in Game 4) and they’re gonna play with great energy and they get smoked again.”
“Let’s don’t make excuses (for Miami). Hey, Tony Parker’s been playing for the (French) national team. Ginobili’s been playing for the Argentinians. Tim Duncan’s old as dirt. They’re (Miami) just getting they’re butt kicked.”Follow @exnbadotcom
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