The NBA Finals series between the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder is shaping up to be one of the most exiting in history. No series in recent memory has had the collection of open court finishers as this one. The Oklahoma City Thunder has Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and coming off the bench James Harden. The Miami Heat LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh. The winner of this series is going to be the team that limits the opponents’ hot streaks. Miami uses their defense to set the tempo offensively. They play the passing lanes aggressively and create turnovers to ignite their fast brake. Oklahoma City’s stars just are a load to handle on offense.
This is a big series for Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant. Durant is a star but a great series can propel him to LeBron James and Michael Jordan status. Another interesting aspect of this series is what Miami’s coach Erik Spoelstra does with Chris Bosh. Bosh was quite effective coming off the bench in game seven in the Eastern Conference finals versus Boston. The Oklahoma Thunder big men came on strong during the four game winning streak to defeat the San Antonio Spurs.
Serge Ibaka stepped up his game on offense against San Antonio. Ibaka has all of the skills to be a force in the NBA Finals and maybe he is starting to play up to those abilities. Thunder guard Russell Westbrook matured as all around point guard in the Western conference finals. He has recognized when he needs to score and when he needs to take a step back on the offensive end and distribute the ball to his teammates.
I just have this feeling that Miami will win this series in seven games, Many times in the NBA, teams have to take steps on their way to an NBA title and Oklahoma City is close, but, it is Miami’s time. The Heat has the experience and are a little better defensively than Oklahoma City and that will make the difference in this series. If Oklahoma City is going to win, Russell Westbrook must have a monster series. Miami still cannot handle elite point guards Boston’s Rajon Rondo proved this. Also bench play is going to be essential. The Heat bench has to come through. Get your popcorn ready for this series because no matter how long it lasts you are going to see some fantastic open court basketball. Learn more about the odds on NBA.
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