SAN ANTONIO — Game 4 of the NBA Finals will tell more about the Miami Heat than a 66-win regular season ever could.
Any questions about LeBron James and the Heat were supposed to have been answered by now. He was too good to be taken out of games, his teammates too talented to go through long stretches where they weren’t contributing.
But they didn’t resemble the league’s reigning powerhouse in Game 3, when the San Antonio Spurs handed them the third-worst beating in Finals history in a 113-77 romp. They looked like the confused club from two years ago, when the Finals last came to Texas.
Another loss Thursday night, and they’re on the verge of something much bigger than another Finals failure.
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Lose this series, and the whole Big Three era might be a failure.
“Something has to give (Thursday) night,” James said. “They have a championship pedigree. They have four (titles). We have two. So something has to give. We’ll see what happens. We’ve been able to bounce back throughout adverse times throughout the season throughout the years that we’ve been together, these three years. We’ll see.”
“We’ll see” is the approach the Spurs are taking with Tony Parker, who has a mild hamstring strain. The team is calling the All-Star point guard day to day after he was hurt during Game 3 and had an MRI exam Wednesday.
Kidd to coach Nets
The Brooklyn Nets hired Jason Kidd as their coach, bringing the former star back to the franchise he led to its greatest NBA success.
Kidd retired earlier this month after one season with the New York Knicks, his 19th in the NBA. The Nets decided to hire him to replace P.J. Carlesimo despite his absence of coaching experience.
The move reunites Kidd with the franchise he led to consecutive NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003, when the team played in New Jersey. He spent 6½ seasons with the Nets, averaging 14.6 points, 9.1 assists and 7.2 rebounds, and is their career leader in numerous statistical categories.
“Jason is a proven winner and leader with an incredible wealth of basketball knowledge and experience,” general manager Billy King said. “This will be a natural transition for him to move into the role of head coach.”