Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Heat Take Commanding Lead in NBA Finals

Well, my original prediction from before the season is just one win away from coming to fruition, but I'm not ready to count the Thunder out just yet.

'The King' Rises!
Before the season, due to their failure in last years Finals and continued cohesiveness of their 2nd year together, I like many NBA pundits believed the Heat to be the best bet to win the 2012 NBA Finals. However, once the playoffs rolled around, and I was witnessing the Thunder just lay teams down while the Heat barely squeaked by the ancient Boston Celtics, I thought the young Thunder team was the hot hand and would upset Miami in the Finals. I should have stuck with my original pick, because after their game one loss in Oklahoma, the Miami Heat have turned into a determined powerhouse. They've turned into the team I was expecting them to be throughout the playoffs, and it's no coincidence they've blown by the uber-talented Thudner with 3 straight victories. LeBron James came into this series with a chip on his shoulder, and he's done more than his part to help remove that metaphorical chip. All James did in the pivotal game four was miss a triple-double by 1 rebound, and he did it all on one leg. However, the reason why Miami won game four and took the commanding 3-1 lead is because they had another player step up besides Wade and LeBron. In game two it was Chris Bosh, and in game four, it was point guard Mario Chalmers who pitched in 25 points to go along with a couple of steals and assists.

Now the Thunder have their backs to the wall for game 5 in Miami Thursday, where the Heat can bring home the crown with just one more victory. At this point, even though the series is still alive, it would be tough not to pick Miami, as they've got the two home games coming up and just need one more victory. The Thunder are good enough to pull off 3 wins in a row, but I'm not sure this determined Miami team will let that happen. I do know one thing, it will be a ruckus atmosphere in Miami Thursday as Heat fans most certainly want this accomplished on their home floor. All the Thunder can do know is focus on one game at a time and try and get this series back to OKC.

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