I know I picked the Miami Heat to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder in seven games before the NBA finals began. After what I saw last night I might be wrong. In the first half the Thunder looked sluggish and Miami jumped out to a 14 point lead. When the Thunder cut the lead to seven at the half I knew the Heat was done. In the second quarter the Thunder began to break down the Heat defense by using dribble penetration to either make a lay up or a easy dunk. Miami has no answers for Russell Westbrook or Kevin Durant. Oklahoma City’s big men Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka out played Miami’s big men. Ibaka has the athletic ability to operate away from the basket and Perkins is just plain nasty underneath the basket.
What troubled me the most was Miami’s attitude during the game. Other than Lebron James, Shane Battier, and Mario Chalmers, the rest of the team looked lethargic. Dwayne Wade is either tired, slowing down or he just does not care. There is something going on with the Heat. I think Wade is secretly upset that the Heat are no longer his team they are LeBron’s team. I always thought that LeBron’s game and Dwayne’s game were too similar to work together.
If they do not win the title for the NBA Championship, one of them must go. I don’t care what Dwayne says it must be hard for him to give up the mantle as the main man in Miami. Miami still has a chance to win the title but Heat coach Erik Spoelstra must extend his bench in game two. If he does not the Heat will wear down and the Thunder will end this series in quick order.
The baseball season is shaping up to be potentially one of the most exiting in years. There are very few teams that are out of the race as the trading deadline approaches. The Pittsburgh Pirates once again are in the race for the National League Central flag. The Pirate pitching is good enough to keep them in the race until Labor Day but for Pittsburgh to be a serious contender the Pirates have to trade some of their prospects for some bats as their team average is only .225. Expect the American League Central to remain tight throughout the season. Both the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox have exceeded expectations and the Detroit Tigers have been one of the biggest disappointments in baseball so far. Check out the latest odds on baseball at Bovada Sportsbook.