The International Blogtable: Alarm Bells for Heat, Spurs

Every week, the International Blogtable brings together some of the best basketball minds from around the world, posing a burning question to writers and editors from the NBA's fleet of international web destinations. It's a BIG world, after all.
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What worries you if youíre a Spursí fan? A Heat fan?
Pawel Weszka
Editor, NBA Africa

If Iím a Spurs fan, I pray Parker stays healthy, as the Spurs without him would be seriously disadvantaged. Even if he is not having a great night, they need his creativity in distribution. Some of those bounce passes last night were as precise as NASAís directions guiding Apollo 13 back home in April 1970. If Iím a Heat fan, Iím staying cool. Weíre down 2-1, but fit and healthy. LeBron will step up and those Spursí shots will stop going in at some point. The only other thing though, where is Udonis...?
Adriano Albuquerque
Blogger, NBA Brasil

If I'm a Spurs fan, I'm obviously most nervous with these news of Tony Parker being injured and possibly out of a key home game, but also worried that LeBron James might figure out the defense and have two or three monster performances. If I'm a Heat fan, I'm most nervous that James shrinks again under that tight coverage and submarines the team with him. Game 4 is really make or break for Miami: you do not wanna give San Antonio three chances to close out a series, no matter where it's played.
Hanson Guan
Editor, NBA China

I'm a Heat fan, or more exactly, a fan of LeBron James. As such, my biggest worries are with his sporting form. As a superstar and the league's best player, James must prove himself in front of any defenders, like what Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant did. He and Heat have little time left, trailing the Spurs 1-2.
Philipp Dornhegge

From San Antonioís perspective, you always have to fear that LeBron might explode any minute. Apart from Game 3 the Heat have really been competitive despite the lack of scoring from LeBron. If he goes off for 35 in Game 4, Miami might make it a best-of-three series. And if they do, their chances of defending their title wouldnít be too bad.

From Miamiís perspective, you have to be concerned about LeBron, obviously. But also about the lack of three-point defense. Against such a magnificent group of shooters you canít constantly get lost on screens or show a lack of effort. Also, San Antonio has been killing the Heat on the boards in the past two games.
Stefanos Triantafyllos
Editor, NBA Greece

San Antonio fans are all worried about Tony Parker's health. If he doesn't play, or even if he doesn't play up to his standards, it will be a great setback for the Spurs. They don't have the depth in the point guard spot or many different solutions in terms of half-court creation if Parker is not 100% ready. Patty Mills has seen limited action from the floor and Cory Joseph has the energy, but not the experience to fill the Frenchman's shoes. The Heat fans, on the other hand, should be worried about the fact that their big-Three aren't clicking right now. Theyíre just not clicking right now, and have yet to showcase their usual chemistry.
Karan Madhok
Blogger, NBA India

If Iím a San Antonio fan, Iím worried most about Tony Parkerís hamstring. He will have an MRI on Wednesday, and if itís serious, than the Spurs have reason to panic. Duncan and the support crew can do a good job against lesser teams; but to win two more Finals games against the almighty Heat, they need Parker at full strength to keep their offense chugging. If Iím a Heat fan, Iím of course worried about LeBronís passive play, but more about the prospects of Wade and Bosh. The ĎBig Threeí project can only work if all three play their role. Right now, Miami is a ĎBig Oneí, and even that one is playing below his high standards. Wade and Bosh have to step up Ė on both ends of the floor Ė to save Miami in these Finals.
Davide Chinellato
Editor, NBA Italia

If Iím a Spurs fan, Tony Parkerís right hamstring is the obvious answer. If heís fine Iím worried about the Big Threes production, especially Manu Ginobiliís. He definitely needs to step up because Miami isnít going to play every game like Game 3. If Iím a Heat fan Iím starting to get nervous. Mainly because the Spurs are exposing LeBronís weakness and limiting him. Wade and Bosh are below their usual levels and the supporting cast has highs and lows. But I still feel I have the best chances to win it all. Even if Iím down 2-1.
Aldo Avinante

It would seem simple, but for the Spurs, you will be nervous if Lebron finds his groove and make things happen by attacking the basket. It would be scary for the Spurs but the Heat fans don't know if the LeBron they're accustomed to will ever show up in this series.