NBA Finals all square
The NBA Finals between Miami and Oklahoma is tied at 1-1 after both teams won a game at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
A better contribution from Miami’s “big three” meant a game two win for the Heat and leaving everything to play for as the series travels to Miami.
Both games were amazing. A dunk-a-minute, heart-pounding NBA Finals game. And that’s what the Finals are all about. Excitement.
In the first game LeBron James carried the Heat with 30 points and nine rebounds.
But Oklahoma came back in the second half to overturn the deficit to run out 105 – 94 winners.
Dwyane Wade could only manage 19 points and Chris Bosh played 33 minutes coming off the bench, but could only chip in with 10 points and five rebounds.
The second game was a complete turn-around from the first.
For the first time in a long time, James managed to be 100% from the freethrow line, scoring 12-12.
Wade contributed 24 points and Bosh monstered in with 15 rebounds – seven of those offensive!
The next two games in Miami are going to be absolutely crucial. If Miami can utilise their home court advantage and come away with a 3-1 lead, they’ll only need one more win against the Thunder to finally be crowned champions.
It’s so much easier said than done though. Every single one of the Thunder players are capable of turning around a series, nevermind a single game. Kevin Durrant, Russel Westbrook, Derek Fisher and James Harden are all amazing shooters with unbelievable athleticism and creativity.
But the Heat have more experience on their side. They’ve been here before a couple of times in the past six years, and they’re visibly better for it.
Sloppy passages of play are going to be the Heat’s downfall, as it nearly was in game two when the Thunder came back from 17 points down to almost sneak a win, but both sides are going to have them. The difference will be who can make the most of it.
There’s nothing to choose between the sides at the moment but obviously, as a Heat fan, I’m rooting for Miami to overpower the Thunder.
It can be done, of course it can, we have two of the best players in the league, with a great bench full of good support players like Shane Battier – who’s three point shooting has been outstanding – and the ever present, loyal and hard working Udonis Haslem.
Let’s hope these very late nights are worth the watch.
Let’s Go Heat!