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Drop in LeBron's production biggest difference between 2012 and 2013 Finals

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.

OFFENSE
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.

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Good morning guys....

Quick Notes: We have to establish the post early.... Bron, Wade and CB, can all go down low... Put the pressure on their defense early.... We can not settle for jumpers and let them rebound every miss... Not 2nite... Run them as much as possible... After game 6, they really don't want another game like that... So, keep your foot on their backs.... Run... Run... Run..... It will take it's toll.... We might have to add players to the rotation early.... Run.... Attack the lane all night long..... We must not allow open looks from their shooters..... The way we guarded them last game is the way we have to guard them this game.... Get the lead and never look back..... Duncan will look good early, attack him at the same time.... Get into the paint at will...

THE FLOATER..... THE POST UP.... THE FOUL LINE SHOT..... THE DRIVE, ATTACK..... THE PICK AND ROLLLL.... THE THREE-BALL..... THE MID-RANGE... STAY AGGRESSIVE.... GET TO THE LINE.... WE CAN NOT SETTLE... NOT 2NITE....

DEFENSE HAS TO BE BETTER.... AGGRESSIVE... PLAY THE PASSING LANE.... STEALS... BLOCKS... NO OPEN LOOKS.... REBOUND.....

WE HAVE TO TAKE CONTROL OF THIS GAME EARLY AND STRETCH THE LEAD.... THE OFFICIALS WILL HELP THEM AGAIN.... WE MUST DIG DEEP IN THIS ONE, EARLY.... CAN'T GIVE THEM A CHANCE TO STEAL THIS TITLE AWAY FROM US.... DON'T WAIT.... EARLY.... TAKE THEM OUT OF THEIR GAME, AND DON'T LOOK BACK.....

48 MINUTES.... DEFENSE FIRST.... ALL IN.... WE HAVE COME ALONG WAY THIS SEASON.... IT'S ALL ABOUT WINNING THE TITLE.... WE DON'T JUST WANT TO BE HERE, WE WANT TO WIN.... FOCUS... SENSE OF URGENCY.... WILL.... DRIVE.... INTENSITY.... HUNGER.... PASSION.... COME TO PLAY.... HOME COURT WILL BE HELPFUL... USE IT.... ENERGY..... GET EVERYONE UP... HAVE THE HOUSE ROCKING.... FROM TIP TO BUZZER.... KEEP THE PRESSURE ON THEM....

LET'S GOOOO.....

2NITE.... WE NEED EVERYONE TO BE ON THEIR GAME..... 2NITE.... WE GO ALL IN..... 2NITE.... GET READY TO BATTLE 48 MINUTES..... 2NITE.... DEFENSE FIRST..... 2NITE... GUARD THEIR SHOOTERS..... 2NITE... POST GAME EARLY.... 2NITE.... RUN THEM OFF THE FLOOOOR.... 2NITE.... WIN THE NBA TITLE......

ALL THINGS HEAT... TITLE RUN 2013.... LET'S GOOOO.... 007....

Bron, they can not stop you on the block.... Early and often... attack that zone.... It looks as if you are overwhelming them when your on the block.... Dont let them off the hook.... You have so much talent that you could do what ever on the floor and still get it done, but in game 7, do what they don't want you to do... Dominate from the post.... They try to keep you outside.... Not 2nite.... In the post early.... Dominate....

Wade, stay aggressive.... Gotta attack that zone.... the floater.... get inside as much as possible... can't let them off the hook... not 2nite.... passing lanes.... attack... need a big one from you.... come to play....

CB, crash the glass.... be there down low.... their packing the paint, so, get into the paint and be an option.... you will get fouled or a layup.... come to play.... aggressively attack Duncan.... come to play....

Allen, I've been on you all year... Great shot.... Your looks will be there... come to play....

Rio, stay aggressive.... attack the lane... the pick and roll with Bron looked real good... drill'um.... come to play....

Cole, I think you should see the floor.... stay aggressive... come to play....

Miller, let it fly.... crash the glass.... come to play....

Bird, bring that energy.... crash the glass.... attack the lob.... come to play...

Shane, let it fly... solid defense.... come to play....

UD, I think you should see the floor in the 1st half... listen after game 6, we might have to run them as much as possible early... UD, Cole, Shane, Bird... Make them run early.... It will take it's toll late.... come to play...

The scorers should dominate the paint, and the shooters will get open looks..... Work together.... Win game 7.... Focus....

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