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Is four straight trips to the NBA Finals not enough?

Is winning two consecutive NBA Championships not enough?

Today, this isn't the defense to the daily LeBron narrative, its the daily Erik Spolestra narrative after the Heat's blowout loss in game three of the NBA Finals. 

Despite the previous success, and the sort of erie/coincidental fact that this series is shaping up very similar to last year, including the San Antonio blow out win in game three, it seems  that it will it take even more for Spolestra to get more respect as a coach.

The narrative has circled around the comparison between Spo and Gregg Popovich and their willingness to make lineup changes over the last day, with the Heat's point guard play being sub-par through the first three games of the finals.

While Mario Chalmers hasn't been good, just 3.3 points and 3.0 assists, while averaging 3.0 turnovers and 4.0 fouls per game in just over 23 minutes, That hasn't been the biggest problem for the Heat. 

Problem number one happened in game number one when LeBron went out with cramps, and problem number two happened in game number three when the basket turned into an ocean for San Antonio over the first 18 or so minutes of the game, then they shot 90% from the floor.

None of those things have to do with Chalmers, but its the comparative nature of what we see and how sports are covered that are igniting this new Spolestra narrative, and its got a lot to do with Popovich inserting Boris Diaw into the starting lineup. 

The move which seemed to pay immediate dividends for the Spurs, with a 41-point first quarter, lit up the critics after the game, talking about how Spolestra should replace Chalmers in the lineup.

"We'll stick with those guys, and you know they're important to us," Spolestra said about Chalmers and hit back court battery mate Norris Cole, who has also struggled in these finals.

"We want him to know that we have faith in [Mario] and that we trust him and that we need him," Spolestra added about his starting point guard.

Sticking with his guns has gotten him on the precipice of hall of fame credentials, just like Gregg Popovich has remained true to his principles and players for years.

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