Like everyone red blooded American, I would have loved to see the Heat lose in the Finals to the Oklahoma City Thunder. With that being said, part of me is happy because this asinine LeBron James narrative can finally be put away.
As much as the Heat have outplayed the Thunder in this series, the margin has been extremely small. A few plays here and there and the Thunder could easily be the team up 3-1. If Oklahoma City can do a few things differently, they can still win this series.
It has been the Heat’s ability to slow down the Thunder offense that has been the difference so far in the series.
With the NBA Finals set to begin on Tuesday night, here is a closer look at the matchups that will be critical in determining the eventual champion.
I want to take a moment and unplug the NBA playoffs from reality.
The Thunder defeated the Carmelo Anthony-less Knicks 104-92. Oklahoma City led by 23 at halftime and pulled their stars in the third quarter.
In the first contest, we saw how the Bulls were going to win games in this series. In Game 2, we saw how the Heat will. The difference was stark and sets the stage for how the rest of this series will go.
Zach Randolph had 21 points and a franchise-record 21 rebounds, and the Grizzlies rallied from a 16-point deficit to stun the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-93 in overtime Saturday and grab a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal.