NBA Finals: Thunder vs. Heat Championship Series Tied 1-1
Oklahoma City Thunder: Keys To A Game 3 Victory
Despite winning or tying six of the first eight quarters of the NBA Finals, the Thunder have lost home court advantage as they head to South Beach with series tied at a game apiece. After sleepwalking through the start of game two, the Thunder found themselves down 18-2 at the 4:51 mark of the first quarter and 27-15 when it ended. The Thunder missed on eleven of their first twelve shots in the opening frame – OUCH!
Oklahoma can’t afford to let that happen in game three as the Miami Heat faithful will be rocking the American Airlines Arena tonight. As was the case after the first two games in the Western Conference Final, against the San Antonio Spurs, someone other than Kevin Durant and Russel Westbrook needs to get it rolling for the Thunder. The OKC dynamic duo has accounted for 122 of the Thunder’s 201 points in the series to date.
Miami Heat: The King & His Crew Now Hold Home Court Advantage
Even though they have been outplayed for the better part of the 2012 NBA Finals, the Miami Heat have to feel pretty good about the series shifting to South Beach for the next three games. A home sweep makes them the NBA Champions – don’t bet on it as it won’t happen. Dysfunctional may not be the best choice of words to describe Kings James and his Court but it’s very close to what we have seen out of the Heat in the playoffs.
Miami shot 47.4% from the field in Game Two but got somewhat lucky as the Thunder were worse with a 43.0 shooting percentage. Those numbers were 51.9% Thunder and 46.2 Heat during Oklahoma’s Game One win at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in OKC. As much as we dislike the 2-3-2 setup of the NBA Finals, it is what it is. We still like Oklahoma City to thunder past the Heat – in seven games – to win the NBA Championship.
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