SAN ANTONIO -- The Miami Heat haven't won two consecutive games in 24 days.
It's been 11 games since the Heat have put two straight wins together.
Kind of weird, since this is a team that won 27 straight at one point this season. Winning games in a row is kind of their thing.
But if the Heat are to repeat as NBA champions, they're going to have to win two straight at some point. Preferably now, says LeBron James.
"It's time [for us to win consecutive games]," LeBron said. "I think we're well overdue when it's time for us to win consecutive games. I think we're at 11 or 12 straight consecutive win-loss, win-loss, win-loss. I think it's time. Enough is enough for our team. I'm not saying it's going to result in us having a win, but we need to play with the same sense of urgency as if we were down 2-1 or whatever the case may be tomorrow night. And we can't wait around."
If the pattern holds, because the Heat lost Game 1, they'll eventually lose in Game 7. One way or another, they need two consecutive wins.I think it's time.
"We're going to have to win two in a row if we want to win it all, no matter how you look at it," said Chris Bosh.
Said Dwyane Wade: "No excuse why. It just hasn't happened. But if we don't do two, we won't win a championship. I wasn't that smart in school, but I do know that. The numbers don't add up. We have to find a way to put a string together. And hopefully our mentality and our play in Game 4 can take over to the next game or into the game after that."
So, what's been the problem? Why haven't the league's best, most consistent team been able to maintain that the last two series? (Outside of the fact they're playing really, really good teams.)
"We feel if we bring the necessary energy things will happen," Bosh said. "We haven't brought that energy two games in a row since Chicago. Energy, focus and attention to detail is going to be critical."
On the flip side, the Heat haven't lost back-to-back games since Jan. 10. When they lose, they always respond. They played desperate, intense, emotional. They play like their season is on the line, which really, it kind of is.
Consider this series: Lost Game 1, blew out the Spurs in Game 2. Lost Game 3, won by 16 in Game 4.
"Adversity does one of two things: It either brings out the coward or it brings out the beast," Bosh said. "We were in a very adverse situation and you either respond or you don't."
Said Erik Spoelstra: "It's not as if we have never won two in a row. So our guys understand what's at hand and what's at stake right now. Look, there's been so much talk about it, but you do have to give credit to the competition both ways. When you get to this level, it's tough to win two games in a row against an equal opponent. We want to make sure that we're continuing to get better, and hopefully tomorrow we can have our best game of the series. That's what our focus is for the next 24 hours. It's not about anything else. It's not about trying to win the next two out of three, getting ahead of ourselves or anything else. It's can we play our best game of the series tomorrow."
There might be an inclination to relax a touch knowing that they've won home court advantage back and no matter, have the potential of two games waiting on them in Miami. But being in a 3-2 hole is dangerous, and one this team faced in 2011 when they lost to the Mavericks in six games.
"We're not going to have any more letdowns the rest of the year. We've had plenty," Bosh said. "And that's put us in a bunch of different situations. Loser tomorrow is one game away from elimination, no matter how you look at it. We don't want to be in that position again. We've been in that position enough times. That should be a nice little mix of fear and motivation."