The Big Three will be in big trouble if they don't win Game 4. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
After Game 1 of the 2013 NBA Finals, the big question was, "Can you believe Tony Parker hit that?" After Game 2, the big question was, "How the hell do you stop the Miami Heat when they play like that?" After Game 3, it was, "How the hell do you beat the San Antonio Spurs when they shoot like that?"
We don't yet know what the main topic of conversation will be after Thursday's Game 4, but we do know what some of the big questions are heading into this critical matchup. By night's end, we'll either have a knotted-up best-of-three NBA Finals or a Spurs team locked into a commanding 3-1 lead and within 48 minutes of the fifth NBA title of the Gregg Popovich-Tim Duncan era. Walk with me a bit as we run down seven big questions rattling around my brain today:
1. Can the Heat continue their five-month-long streak of winning after a loss?
Kind of a big one, right? You've likely already heard or read this note, but it's worth mentioning again: The Heat haven't lost back-to-back games since dropping two straight to the Indiana Pacers and Portland Trail Blazers on Jan. 8 and Jan. 10. And the Heat haven't just avoided losing streaks — they've been dominant in doing so.
Game 4 will mark the 12th time since Jan. 10 that the Heat have entered a game coming off a loss. They've won the previous 11 by an average of 19.8 points per game. The margin's risen to 21.6 following Miami's five postseason losses, including a 19-point win in Game 2 on Sunday after dropping the opening contest of the Finals.Read More »from Heat-Spurs NBA Finals Game 4: 7 big questions