After the Spurs and Heat split two in Miami, the series shifts to San Antonio. Our panel looks at the big questions heading into Game 3 of the NBA Finals (9 p.m. ET, ABC).
1. Which Spurs player needs to step it up the most?
Henry Abbott, ESPN.com: Tony Parker. If Parker has a lot of games like Game 2, there's going to be big trouble in San Antonio. I don't know if that's the same as saying he needs to step it up the most, but he sure has room to step it up a lot.
J.A. Adande, ESPN.com: (Note: Answer as told to by Charles Barkley.) Manu Ginobili. Because he's the only guy they have coming off the bench. Who else is going to provide the punch off the bench?
Graydon Gordian, 48 Minutes Of Hell: Manu Ginobili. He has been inconsistent and, at times, completely out of control. He needs to play within himself and focus on attainable contributions, even if that means functioning more as a facilitator than a scorer.
Michael Wallace, Heat Index: Tim Duncan. Despite some impressive overall numbers in the Spurs' Game 1 victory, Duncan has struggled with relative chip shots throughout the series. His 34.4 percent shooting rate on field goals so far is his worst of any of five trips to the Finals. Ginobili also needs to step up, but Duncan is usually far more reliable.
Brian Windhorst, Heat Index: Manu Ginobili. He has been in a shooting slump for weeks now and was out of control with the ball in Game 2. Gregg Popovich has been steadily decreasing his minutes as his production continues to dwindle. He's a streaky player -- always has been -- but it has been a bad streak recently.
2. Which Heat player needs to step it up the most?
Abbott: The Chris Bosh who draws fouls and scores around the rim ... remember that guy?
Adande: (Note: Answer as told to by Charles Barkley.) Chris Bosh. You've got to get something from your big guys.
Gordian: Dwyane Wade. There are some very legitimate questions about how far from 100 percent Wade currently is, so he may not even be capable of "stepping it up." But at the very least he needs to remain a threat and punish the Spurs if they don't respect his scoring ability.
Wallace: Dwyane Wade. The knee ailment is what it is at this point. But the Heat are still going to need their second-best player to perform up to standards -- or as close as possible -- to win this series. Chris Bosh has struggled, too, but showed signs of life in Game 2 with his first double-double in a stretch of 10 playoff games.
Windhorst: LeBron James. He has not played poorly in the first two games, but he has allowed the Spurs to steer him and control how he influences the games. He's passing the ball very well and putting up good all-around numbers, but the double- and triple-teams seem to have successfully subdued his aggression. LeBron usually exerts his will on the game and that hasn't been happening. In a road setting, the Heat need the MVP to play like one.
3. What do the Spurs need to do differently this game?
Abbott: Play with their hair on fire on defense. Somehow they need to stifle LeBron's drives and put some stress on the 3-point shooters. That's very tough to do, which is why the Heat won 66 games this season.
Adande: (Note: Answer as told to by Charles Barkley.) The Spurs have to have a surprise star. Somebody like Tiago Splitter. They need to exploit the Heat's weakness inside.
Gordian: Take care of the ball. Turnovers will decide this series. If the Spurs keep them down, they have a great shot at winning. If they creep up, Miami will cruise. In addition, San Antonio has to attack the rim more consistently.
Wallace: Get back to dictating pace with their transition game. The Spurs took advantage in Game 1 by running on Heat misses and made baskets. By the time Miami's players turned around, the Spurs were already spotting up for open looks. It hasn't really translated into fast-break points, but the quicker flow had Miami scrambling.
Windhorst: They need to find a balance between four and 17 turnovers. One is unrealistic and one is unsustainable. So many of their giveaways in Game 2 came from careless ballhandling. They should be able to clean it up with some concentration.
4. What must the Heat adjust this game?
Abbott: Live-ball turnovers are the lifeblood of all that is good for Miami. They got almost none at all in Game 1, and in spurts in Game 2. The trick in Game 3 will be to figure out how to keep 'em coming, even though we know San Antonio will be crisper and more aggressive.
Adande: (Note: Answer as told to by Charles Barkley.) The Heat don't have to make adjustments. The great thing about LeBron is he will do whatever it takes to win.
Gordian: I don't think they need to "adjust" as much as they need to maintain the defensive intensity of Game 2. Continue to attack the ball handler, force turnovers and make the rim inaccessible. Keep the defense operating at a high gear and they'll be fine.
Wallace: Secure defensive rebounds. The Heat pitched a near-perfect game Sunday, but the one area that stood out from the stat sheet was San Antonio's 15 offensive rebounds. This has been an issue throughout the playoffs for the Heat, yet it hasn't cost them a series so far. But those things tend to add up in the Finals. The Spurs have outscored the Heat 36-22 in second-chance points overall.
Windhorst: They need to stay attached better to Danny Green, who is crushing them with 3-point shooting. They are not only coming off him too frequently in rotations but also sometimes giving him too much room off screens. He's shooting 9-of-14 on 3-pointers so far and several of his misses were wide-open looks that you expected him to make.
5. Who wins Game 3?
Abbott: "San Antonio," I say without a lot of conviction.
Adande: (Note: Answer as told to by Charles Barkley.) Spurs. They will have the sense of desperation.
Gordian: San Antonio. Back in front of their home crowd, I think the Spurs will be poised and at ease. Not to mention this round of the chess match between Popovich and Erik Spoelstra will favor Popovich, whose adjustments will be more dramatic and more effective.
Wallace: Spurs. I just can't imagine Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili combining for a second straight collective off night. In Game 2, the Spurs' big three shot 10-of-33 from the field and squandered a solid boost from their supporting cast. Then again, it's not as though Miami's big three has had a breakout game, either.
Windhorst: Miami. There's something about the Heat and Game 3s on the road. They usually seem to win them, dating all the way back to the 2011 Finals. They won Game 3 in Indiana, Game 3 in Chicago and Game 3 in Milwaukee this postseason. It seems to focus them. The Spurs haven't played a home game since May 21; it has been longer than their annual rodeo trip. There's reason to think the Heat might keep the momentum going.
ESPN.com and the TrueHoop Network
Henry Abbott, J.A. Adande, Mike Wallace and Brian Windhorst cover the NBA for ESPN.com. Graydon Gordian contributes to the TrueHoop Network.
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