The Heat will tinker with its adjustments for Game 1 of The Finals but don't expect any major differences in the team's approach for the Spurs compared to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. From the Heat's perspective, what worked in Game 7 — aggressiveness inside the paint — will work against any opponent.
"What we do know is how we're going to play," LeBron James said on Wednesday during his Media Day news conference for The Finals. "We're going to play our game. We're going to share the ball. We're going to attack, try to get to the free‑throw line. And with that attack, myself, D‑Wade, [Chris Bosh] are the key ingredients to that attack."
LeBron was 15 of 16 from the free-throw line in Game 7 against Indiana and made a point to get his teammates involved early. His teammates attempted 11 shots before LeBron took his first shot. Bosh attempted eight shots in the first quarter and Wade was focal point from the opening tip.
Getting the ball to Bosh and Wade early in Game 1 will be a priority but LeBron said adjustments will evolve as the series progresses. Bosh struggled against the Pacers' relentless defense, but that might not be the case against the Spurs.
"Every team we play causes different problems from Milwaukee to Chicago to Indiana and now San Antonio," LeBron said. "So we don't actually know until the series begins."
Whatever the Spurs' defense throws at the Heat, James said pressure will not be a problem after winning the championship last season.
"These guys have been to The Finals," LeBron said. "D‑Wade has two rings. C.B. has one. We've been in this position before. They know how to play."