The Heat played five games in the 2012 Finals; the Heat has played five games in the 2013 Finals. Let's take a closer look...
Aside from the obvious difference in the two series — the Heat had four wins and a championship after five games in 2012 and today Miami trails the Spurs 3-2 entering Game 6 — the biggest thing that sticks out is consistency. The Heat had it in 2012. This time around, the Heat has displayed a lack of focus in Games 1, 3 and 5.
Overall, the Heat averaged 102 points in its five games against the Thunder. Miami is averaging 96.2 points per game against San Antonio. The biggest differences? LeBron James' numbers are down significantly (from 28.6 points per game in the 2012 Finals to 21.6 in 2013). Wade's numbers are down slightly (2.6 points per game) and Bosh's scoring average (14.6 points per game) is identical to the 2012 Finals.
Mike Miller averaged 8.8 points per game in 2012 Finals, but he has played over 20 minutes per game against the Spurs. Since starting Game 4, Miller hasn't scored and has only taken one shot per game. Finding more shots for Miller is one obvious adjustment the Heat can make in Game 5. Miller is shooting 75 percent from three-point range.
Another adjustment for tonight's Game 6 could be a return to the rotation of Chris Andersen, although Birdman doesn't address the Heat's biggest problems on defense, finding Danny Green and playing solid one-on-one defense against Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. Green's three-point shooting could end up winning the series for the Spurs with another standout performance. Green was an afterthought before the series but he'll raise the Finals MVP Trophy tonight if the Spurs win.
Above all, the Heat knows that tonight it must match the Spurs' energy to extend the series. San Antonio wants the series over. Since the NBA began its 2-3-2 format for the Finals, a road team has never won a Game 7.