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NBA Finals
Miami vs. San Antonio
Series (best of 7): Tied 2-2
June 6: San Antonio 92, Miami 88
June 9: Miami 103, San Antonio 84
June 11: San Antonio 113, Miami 77
June 13: Miami 109, San Antonio 93
Today: at San Antonio, 8 p.m.
Tuesday: at Miami, 9 p.m.
Thursday: at Miami, 9 p.m.*
* If necessary

Spurs press to regain advantage on Heat

– Tony Parker’s hamstring, not Dwyane Wade’s knee, is the current chief injury concern.

Manu Ginobili, not Chris Bosh, is mired in the slump of the moment.

Things change quickly at the NBA Finals, and with everything suddenly seeming right with the Miami Heat, it’s up to the San Antonio Spurs to change them back tonight in Game 5.

“It is a must-win. We don’t want to go back down there down a game with two games remaining at their house,” Spurs star Tim Duncan said Saturday.

“Obviously, we lose this game, we’re not giving up or anything, but we want to go back up with a chance to finish there. Huge pressure if we have to go back there and try to win two.”

The Heat evened the series with a 109-93 victory Thursday night, setting up what’s often the pivotal moment of the finals. Of the 27 times the series was tied at 2-2, the Game 5 winner went on to win 20 of them.

“I think that’s what everyone would like, 2-2 in the finals for Game 5,” LeBron James said. “We are excited about the opportunity. We have another opportunity to win on someone else’s floor.”

James was dominant in Game 4 with 33 points and 11 rebounds, and Wade scored 32 points, not appearing to be bothered at all by a painful right knee that had limited his effectiveness in the postseason.

With Bosh breaking out with 20 points and 13 rebounds, everything that was a problem for the Heat a few days ago no longer looks to be the case.

Instead, the obstacles appear to be piling up for the Spurs.

“It’s a part of the playoffs,” Wade said. “There’s always high moments. There’s always low moments. There’s moments when you have guys who are in a slump, et cetera. Guys who come out of it. Great story lines. It’s all of it.”

The teams returned to practice Saturday after taking a day off, and though Parker said his strained right hamstring was feeling better and he hoped to be close to 100 percent by the game, he later made that sound impossible.

“My hamstring can tear any time now,” he said. “So if it was the regular season, I would be resting like 10 days. But now it’s the NBA Finals. If it gets a tear, it’s life.”

Ginobili is averaging 7.5 points on 34.5 percent shooting in the series, making only three of his 16 three-point attempts.

Parker said he’s still confident in his longtime teammate, and coach Gregg Popovich said he wasn’t worried about either player – about all he did say on a day when he was a man of even fewer words than usual.

During his brief responses to eight questions, he added that he wasn’t surprised by the Heat’s lineup change in Game 4, but wouldn’t say whether the Spurs would do anything different tonight.

“I’d hate to be trite and say anything is possible. Your question demands my triteness,” he answered.

The Spurs have never lost a Game 5 in the NBA Finals, including victories in 2003 and ’05 when the series were tied 2-2.

“This game is huge,” Ginobili said. “We don’t want to go to Miami knowing that we have to win both. Going there to win one of the two is a different situation.”

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