The Miami Heat played the perfect game to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder last night. It was not perfect in appearance but it was perfect in strategy. Miami slowed the game down and attacked the Oklahoma City defense with quick, decisive, and powerful moves. LeBron James stopped playing a finesse game and used his major asset on offense: power. What can you say about Shane Battier the first two games? He is playing the way he did with the Rockets and Grizzlies. Battier gives the Heat a solid outside shooter and above average defender on the wings. Also he is a smart player that is not going to make stupid mistakes to hurt your cause.
Dwayne Wade came to play last night and was the perfect complement to James. Center Chris Bosh played a physical game last night and did not back down against the Thunder big men. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra probably coached his best game of the playoffs last night. He pushed the right buttons on the bench by using his bench more and calling timeouts at the perfect times to slow down Oklahoma City. The Heat defense did a better job of clogging the middle to make life for Russell Westbrook difficult when he penetrated the interior of the Heat defense.
Oklahoma City got off to another slow start and that seems to be a pattern for the Thunder during the playoffs. Coach Scott Brooks laid back too much last night and did not make the proper substitutions at the right times. If the Thunder gets off to a slow start in game three he has to get Derrick Fisher in there to give the team a veteran presence. Russell Westbrook took a step back last night. He was pressing and making mistakes that turned into easy offensive opportunities for the Heat. Kevin Durant started slow for Oklahoma City but came on like gangbusters in the second half and especially in the fourth quarter. James Harden kept the Thunder close until Westbrook and Durant heated up in the fourth quarter. Oklahoma City needs better play from their big men especially on offense. Now the series switches to Miami for the next three games and this is time where the Thunder has to step up and see if they have that NBA championship mettle.
Tiger Woods is in the hunt after the first round of the US Open. He seems to be getting his game back into form. Many are saying that he is back but, I will reserve judgment until he wins another major golf title and he has a chance this weekend. There’s still time to get your bets in for the US Open events happening right now!