"Now, we're put in a different situation," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "Our group has been through everything you possibly can go through, except for this circumstance, so why not? Why not test ourselves right now, collectively? Our championship resolve that we've proven time and time again -- we'll have to do it in a different way. When we're right mentally, emotionally, collectively, there is a real strong spirit to us. We feel we can win anywhere, and that's what we'll work on."
But the Spurs will be working, too.
They have a second chance to finish off the Heat and avoid another epic collapse.
Last October, during his team's first visit back to Miami since last year's Finals, coach Gregg Popovich talked about how much he was haunted throughout the offseason by Game 6 against the Heat. The Spurs watched film of those squandered moments in Miami at the start of training camp this season.
They've pressed all season to get back into this position.
Now, it's all about history.
The Heat are desperate to stay alive and hope to make some.
The Spurs are determined to prevent it from repeating itself.