His three-point play cut the margin in half and his next two field goals got Miami within one each time.
The Heat got no closer.
Goran Dragic scored 20, James Johnson had 15 and Hassan Whiteside finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds for Miami, which now needs to pull off some history. The Heat have erased a 3-1 deficit only once, in 1997 against New York.
Miami held slim leads at the half — 2-0 in players who went to the locker room injured, 4-0 in stitches received, 61-56 on the scoreboard.
“I’m not sure what direction they’re going in. They’ve reached out to me, the new president has, so I’ll be talking to him soon.
“I want to be an NBA head coach, obviously, and the opportunity and time to do international coaching would be now while I’m not a head coach, because once that happens you’d be too busy with your team and that would obviously be the focus.”
And if the Browns pick one or the other with the No. 1 pick, then Gettleman’s choice is simple.
But could anything lead the Giants back to Notre Dame offensive guard Quenton Nelson or North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb ? Both were popular projections for the Giants at one time because of a combination of elite talent and Gettleman’s emphasis on winning the line of scrimmage.
In Chubb’s case, the draft class is considered light on edge pass-rushers. It makes Chubb and fellow projected first-rounders Marcus Davenport and Harold Landry more valuable in some eyes.
While Barkley is considered a potential Hall of Fame-caliber talent , the draft features at least five running backs who could go between picks No. 20 and 50: LSU’s Derrius Guice, Georgia’s Sony Michel and Nick Chubb, USC’s Ronald Jones and San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny.
Udoka hasn’t been limited to working with Aldridge, also spending time with Argentinian veteran Manu Ginobili, and most recently played a role in the development of forward Kawhi Leonard into an NBA All-Star.