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Monday, June 18th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  81 responses

OKC Thunder Down 2-1 to Miami Heat in NBA Finals


by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

Doubt has begun to creep all around these young OKC Thunder, who let a golden opportunity slip through their hands in Miami last night, and must now climb out of a hole against the surging Heat.

In addition to shaky play late in the second half, and silly fouls throughout the game, the OKC Thunder seemed like they were trying to do too much individually in Game 3.

Per ESPN and Yahoo! Sports:

“We’ve got to understand that over there in the locker room, there’s a team that really wants it,” Kendrick Perkins grumbled. “They’ve got a couple guys over there who want this. … They want it. Nothing’s going to be given to us, we’ve got to go take it. We were just careless and sloppy. … We’ve got to know that we are in the Finals. We’ve got to trust each other. Tonight, we got back to ‘I’ basketball, the individual shooting over two and three people.”

Kevin Durant said: “Two games in a row, man, so I’ve just got to play smarter next game.” [...] After scoring 17 and 16 points in the previous two fourth quarters, Durant didn’t come through in crunch time, finishing 2-for-6 in the final period of Game 3. “I know I have to do a way better job,” Durant said. “We’ve just got to own up to it.”

“Experience is not overrated at all,” Dwyane Wade said. “Tonight that helped us win this ballgame.”

The next two games are in Miami, but this series is far from over. The OKC Thunder have shown resilience throughout this postseason, and they should be able to bounce back.

But will it be enough against these ultra-focused Miami Heat, who seem unflappable when the chips are down?

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  • JML-G

    finals will be over after two games

  • Tragic Bronson

    I doubt that JML-G, I think the heat will lose 1 game at home. I’m guessing: OKC wins game 4, Heat wins game 5 and 6 (4-2 win Heat). But hey, anything is possible..

  • Otis

    Not saying it influenced the outcome, or even influenced the shot, but a coach running onto the court at a shooter like Spoelstra did at Westbrook should be an instant tech. It’s a b*tch move. Del Negro did it earlier this year, too. What are they, high school coaches?

  • R32

    Miami finally looking like a Championship team. I couldn’t say that during the season and even deep into these 2012 Playoffs. Props to Spoelstra.

  • Otis

    Also, games like this are why Westbrook drives people crazy. You’re up 7, on the road, with momentum building and the best scorer in the game absolutely purring. At which point you brick a three, turn the ball over, commit an offensive foul, throw up a crazy lay-up and generally play like a bonehead. Sigh. I like Westbrook a lot, and I know he tends to get slaughtered by the press, and I know the way this game panned out wasn’t all his fault. But he does need to understand that yes, he is a special talent in his own right, and yes, he is hugely athletic, and yes, he is a scorer and a difference-maker and a top 20 player in the NBA – but despite all that, his job on this team is ultimately to give the ball to Kevin Durant. End of.

  • Riggs

    The only thing OKC has going for them is that they came back and beat the spurs. Let’s see how they respond in game 4. I have to say though, Durant isnt playing like he normally does and he really needs to take the reigns of the team and maybe smack westbrook upside his head a lil bit.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    SBrooks made yet another coaching mistake by going with Perk instead of Ibaka during the crucial 4th qtr stretch. Doesn’t he understand that it is suicide having Perk out there against a PnR heavy team like MIA? The man continues to make the same coaching blunder time after time again and it is amazing the Thunder even made it this far with that idiot at the helm.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Y’all do know that KD was on the bench (right next to Westbrook) during that 5 minute stretch towards the end of the 3rd whem MIA made their run, right? Nevermind, carry along with the “Westbrook is holding back KD” narrative.

  • 23

    Ibaka was not having a good game last night. Just saying. Plus hindsight is 20/20

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    otis, he was just trying to imitate the great del negro

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    ^I agree that narrative is a little stale, but there are some points where Westbrook takes his team out of the game. There was a point there when OKC was rolling, KD just had a put back dunk, and a nice bank shot over LeBron. Next two possessions, Westbrook dribbles down the clock and chicks up a bad shot, then forces a pass inside and turns it over. Those are momentum killers. But i think more than anything, they need more out of Harden and better coaching decisions out of Brooks. I know you want to protect your stars from foul trouble, but sometimes you gotta throw a guy back out there with 4 fouls in the 3rd and hope that they play smart and the refs recognize whats at stake.

  • Otis

    I do know that, JTaylor21, although Durant *wasn’t* on the bench when Westbrook’s crazy minute started, and he ended up on the bench after picking up his fourth foul defending Wade on a switch that might not have happened if they’d executed properly at the other end. Anyway, I’m not saying that Westbrook’s holding back KD, nor that the loss was his fault – Brooks’s coaching was awful, as ever – I’m just saying that stretches like that are why he drives people crazy.

  • T-Money

    wade should not be allowed to bring the ball up anymore down the stretch. how can you get cookied in the open court like that? that’s completely unacceptable. / see the difference when it’s bron guarding kd in the 4th quarter instead of battier?

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    ^^ that was horrible. I cannot believe thabo sefolasha finally completed a dunk on one of the best shot blocking guards of all time. wade’s knee injury must be horrible smh

  • Matisse

    His balky knee’s are no excuse for atrocious and careless ball handling. For every brilliant and elabroate layup or pass he does something like that. Wade is just lazy.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    Let Chalmers or LeBron bring up the ball in those last minute situations. The play only ‘starts’ with 8 seconds or so on the shot clock usually anyways, No need for Wade to bring it up.

  • Phil da Windmill

    Man westbrook fucking up so is harden.

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    Thabo is a defensive freak. Lebron settling for drives and soft shots inside the paint is the key for Miami’s victory.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    @ Hursty, I don’t trust Chalmers either. He was stuggling to cross half court with Derek Fisher pressuring him, and picking up his dribble 40 feet from the rim.

  • bike

    Durant was terrible.
    Westbrook went on another one of his youthful, out of control modes.

    MIA has Harden’s number now.
    OKC has back to back fouls on a three point shooter. That might be a first in the history of basketball. I mean, who does that?
    And still, OKC remained in the game up until the end.

  • KaneDaddyBig

    If Wade’s “injuries” aren’t healed up then expect him to become a total has-been in the next two seasons. How many “elite” guards have such a disgusting handle? Couple that with the fact that he cannot shoot and what you have is a shell of a guard.

  • http://slamonline.com samoaninlondon

    WTF IS GOING ON! OKC are stacked, how can they be throwing games away. I swear they’re scared, they need to be fearless and go HAM.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Also, watching Miami’s offense while they’re trying to protect a lead is just painful. It consists of either Lebron or Wade dribbling until the shot clock is down to 4, then heaving a contested 20 footer.

  • http://slamonline.com samoaninlondon

    @KaneDaddyBig – ahem… this is dwayne wade you’re talking about here… he’s not just going to become a shell of a guard in a couple of seasons… are you seriously not aware of how good this guy is, injuries or not…

  • tpathi1

    Wade has been flirting with throwing the game for the Heat these past two games..IF the Heat lost game 2 or 3 a lion share of the lame has to go to Wade…hate to say it but James Harden looks a little scared/shocked in this moment

  • tpathi1

    *lion share of the loss

  • tpathi1

    if lebron can continue to play d on KD the way he has ..where he is up on his shot AND if Lebron can lead KD into the direction of chris bosh, the heat should be good…bosh is 7 ft and long and has the abilities to understand what kind of shot that KD will be putting up in those instances, and can help contest them with his help defense

  • kobe

    Wade in the off season will need to drop a lil weight to take pressure off that knee.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Neither team played that well. Bron hit two jumpers all night and Wade hit less than that. Bosh shot 3-18,
    Durant was efficient, Westbrook was typical and Harden struggled. People are killing Westbrook for shooting 8-18. That really isn’t that horrible.
    OKC is a very good and scary team. So is Miami. Every game is a toss up, and folks shouldn’t assign too much importance to any one game.
    However, I was impressed again with the Heat’s mental toughness and effort. Bron, Bosh and Wade all gave maximum effort pretty much all game. That’s how they were able to handle such horrible shooting nights from the perimeter. And they got timely buckets from James Jones, Battier and Chalmers.
    Seriously, the Heat have been putrid outside the paint, and I would have never predicted they’d be up 2-1 like that.

  • LA Huey

    What in the hell was up with that stretch where everyone was fouling 3 pt shooters? We expect that from Wario but it became an epidemic for a minute there.

  • Wixurrs

    Miami won without being able to hit anything outside of the paint. That was a scrappy, junkyard fight. I’d fear Miami even more now.

  • AQWORD

    ^^ tru dat ^ fish started it^ just thinkin on how Westbrook was sayin he wont change his game prior to game 3. LOL @ that now. If you dont kid 2more games & yalls is over. Good team collective by the Heat. Someone said on here that Miami should watch out coz the Thunder can catch them no matter how big the lead is. Sure , but Miami know now that they can hang around & take it too. Especially on home court they feel they can manhandle the thunder because thats what theyre doing.

  • Feez_22

    Miami shot around 37% basically. OKC shot around 42%. The difference in this game is while the thunder were shooting all outside shots and missing some of their layups, the heat were doing just the opposite. The heat kept going 2 the basket every play. in the third, they started to become jumper happy and almost failed but overall, they went back to attacking the rim and succeeded. The problem i see with the thunder in terms of their penetration is westbrook sometimes (not really last game but other times) goes so fast that he can’t control his body. he is like a rocket and when he goes for the layup he misses a lot bc of it. Harden is a good finisher but not when its 3 guys contesting him. thats why he had a bad game last gm. he tried to go 1 on 5 v. the #4 defense in the NBA and failed most of the time. still got his FTs but was even clanking those… i think harden is at his most dangerous this series when he is on the court with KD and westbrook bc u can’t guard him as if he is going 1 on 5. At least offensively. the problem arises when he plays D… his D compared to thabo’s is a MAJOR dropoff. Harden is constantly switched on lebron which is a mismatch or on wade whom just drives right past him… wasn’t it supposed 2 b the other way around? b4 the series everyone was talking about no one having an answer for harden… so far he’s been solved. The thunder need to solve the battier problem though… u can’t have him scoring 9+ points nevertheless the 17 he scored in games 1 and 2. he is the difference. On a night where the heat couldnt’ hit anything outside, he comes in and hits 2 str8 threes and is fouled on a 3. James jones comes in and is fouled on a 3 and hits a 3. chalmers and bosh didn’t have particularly good shooting games but they were still good in other areas. Thunder need 2 buckle up and make adjustments. so far, spo is heavily outcoaching scotty brooks… which is sad.

  • ClydeSays

    Thunder seem to be crumbling to pressure with the missed FT’s & layups. Here’s hoping they figure it out in time.

  • LA Huey

    These long SGs are proving to be a problem for Wade in these playoffs. I found my self getting upset to see the Heat bricking away their lead with long jumpshots in the 3rd qtr. I don’t get why they don’t go to LeBron/Wade/Bosh on the block more often.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    I don’t even think Westbrooks shot attempts are the problem, its just when he chooses to shoot them. A lot of times he thinks “Oh KD scored 2 in a row, let me score 2 in a row” instead of “Oh KD scored two in a row, let me get him the ball again.” That’s what pisses me off about him. If he took 30 shots, but they were good shots, he had an advantage, he was open, then most rational basketball fans wouldn’t care.

  • http://slamonline.com Brion

    The Heat shouldnt forget the Spurs were once up 2-0 against OKC.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    Lets not act like wwestbrook doesn’t get out of control but he does get a little more criticism than deserved.

  • LA Huey

    Slick Ric, you mean Durant should get his fair share and it all shouldn’t fall on the PG or coach? Novel idea.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Westbrook shows flashes of brilliance from the guard position. Sometimes he’s even great. One of the most athletic players in the League. Obviously.
    And he is the perfect complimentary player to Kevin Durant.
    BUT…
    As I’ve said before, he is not a point guard. He just doesn’t have the mentality.
    Not neccessarily a bad thing. He’s just not a point guard.
    This may sound crazy, but insert Harden into the starting lineup. Move Westbrook off the ball. Put Harden at the 1. Even if they have to do it next season.

  • Ldub

    @The Philosopher….The only problem I have with Harden starting is it seriously rids OKC of any bench production. If one of there big 3 were to get into any foul trouble, who would you go to? Fish? Cook? They are a headache when they play together, but it would be very risky. And taking Westbrook off the ball (IMO) would hurt OKC more than help them. He isnt a spot up shooter, he doesnt move well w/o the ball. Harden and Durant can both create their own shot, and can stand and shoot. Keep the ball in Westbrooks hands and allow him to break down cole/chalmers. I agree he isnt a traditional pg, but neither is Rose, neither was Iverson. Nothing wrong with having shoot first pg’s on your squad. I do think he needs to dish a tad bit more. Last year I believe he averaged 8 asts. Now he is down to 5 this year. His scoring increases but asts decrease. Its fine if he’s hitting, but he does need to defer to Durant more. That only makes him more dangerous as the D would have to start playing him for the pass as well and not just the mid range or drive.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    LeBron posted Harden more often last night, but still not enough for me. My homie and I were talking and basically LeBron only needs to attack two ways this series.
    On the block against Westrbook, Harden and Thabo, and with his little running start move against Durant and any big man. That’s it. Nothing tricky. If the short guys are on him, he takes them down low or uses quick cuts to catch the ball in the danger area. He doesn’t need to be attacking from the elbow against Harden and Thabo because they can move their feet and they both flop. He should put them on the actual block. Fight harder to catch the ball as close to the rim as possible.
    If the big guys and Durant are on him, he just needs to try to get a little running start and force them to move their feet and defend. Durant sucks at doing this and prefers to reach in. Perkins and Ibaka aren’t much better.

  • tpathi1

    why does everyone think Harden would be a better PG than Westbrook? I don’t see Harden with any PG mentality, he’s a scorer too!

  • LA Huey

    ^This

  • LA Huey

    *Previous comment was in reference to Allenp’s.
    But I don’t see Harden being a superior option to run the offense either. He runs a P&R well but that’s it.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    @Ldub:
    Interesting points, as usual.
    Now, as far as the bench goes, they still have Collison. Who is underrated. Who has a high shooting percentage. They need to get Collison more touches, in my opinion.
    If they can move the ball more often, good things can happen. Shooters would free up. It can open up more mid range opportunities.
    And even with Westbrook at the two, he can still break down defenses, get them to collapse on him, and he can dish or kick to a Dequan Cook, or someone. He doesn’t really have to shoot.
    Also, Kobe doesn’t move well without the ball either. Although, Westbrook is no Kobe Bryant, obviously.
    But again, interesting points.

  • T-Money

    allenp, i think you’re underestimating how physically taxing it is to do what you just describe for 42-44 minutes while guarding the best scorer in the world and organizing the offense. oh, and dropping 30. oh, and grabbing 10+ boards. it’s hard to get clean, deep post position against the good nba defenses with a 24 seconds shot clock.

  • tpathi1

    If anything, the Thunder should insert James Harden into the starting lineup for Thabo and play 2 guard..force Wade to have a touch matchup whom ever he is against..and go after Wade to get him in early foul trouble. Lebron will be forced to do more than he already does, and you would have to bank on the Miami Heat trio tiring out before the Thunder trio does.

  • LA Huey

    Phil, Collison isn’t the type of guy to whom you feed the rock and he goes and gets buckets. He’s the Varejao type: finds cracks in the defense from a great offensive player forcing help.

  • tpathi1

    And, even tho i want to see it more often, if i were the Thunder i wouldnt matchup KD against LBJ on the defensive end. There is no upside to this, KD is still a work in progress on the defensive end, and too weak (right now) for LBJ. Lebron recognizes this too, but its just a way for KD to pick up early fouls right now. KD is a good defensive player in his own right, he is so long that he can deflect and alter a lot of peoples shots just by his prescense, but Lebron and Wade are veterans and take advantage of the current NBA rules just as much as Durant or any other superstar. He should not be guarding those guys until its aboslutely necessary. With all this being said, KD still did make it look pretty easy to score on Lebron at time…who knows maybe he will SHOCK the world on Tuesday and drop 50!!!

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Not saying tat Harden would be a better point guard than Westbrook.
    But Westbrook at the two more often would play more to his core strengths. Breaking down defenses. Making the defense collapse on him, Thus, opening up other options.
    Harden is a smart player who rarely does things to hurt his team.
    Harden and Westbrook can be a deadly interchangeable combination at the guard position(s).
    Especially depending on matchup situations.
    In my opinion.

  • Ldub

    Problem with Russ is he is a combo guard. He handles and drives like a pg, but he has the mentality of a 2. This causes issues for the oposition, but can for the team as well. And collison coming off the bench isnt much of a threat against the Heat. My main point for keeping Harden on the bench to start is because he isnt as gifted “defensively” as Thabo. Allow Thabo to (in the words of R Kelly LOL) bump n grind on Wade and James. Get them fatigued slightly so Harden can be more effective. He brings energy off the bench. Collison wont be nearly as effective as Harden. Plus starting Harden takes away from a years worth of chemistry. Granted they can all play together, but now isnt the time to try new things and HOPE for the best. Maybe do that next season when its back to the 82 games. But not in the finals. You could always bring Thabo in (off the bench, should brooks decide to do this)..but youre giving up alot of scoring. JH off the bench mainly works because that is when KD can get a break. You can have all 3 of the guys off the court at once or possibly in foul trouble.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    LA Huey:
    I agree. But the season is winding down. And for a few spot minutes, he may be up to task. Especially shooting the ball. And even on the blocks.
    But again, only for spot minutes. Just make sure someone is out there with him to get him the ball in the right spots.
    His shooting percentages are too high to not utilize him more offensively.
    Another player who rarely hurts his team.

  • LA Huey

    A starting 5 of Bosh, LeBron, Battier, Wade, Chalmers is the best line up for the Heat. However, they almost certainly go back to their regular season line up for next season right? It’s too taxing for LeBron and Bosh at those spots. Hell, I’d like to see Battier at SG and Wade accept a Manu-type role off the bench (but that’s unlikely)

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Wade should play more point guard, too…
    In my opinion.
    Had good assist numbers last session.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    T-Money
    We agree that it’s incredibly difficult to do everything LeBron does. But, if he doesn’t do it, he’s making things even more difficult in the long run. I think he has to concentrate on catching the ball low. He’s done it before. Not while guarding someone like Durant, but he’s done it. If he’s not going to shoot jumpers and his jumper isn’t really dropping then he needs to concentrate on catching close to avoid expending so much energy driving. It’s on him and his coach to figure out how to catch it low. I honestly think dude is still just more comfortable catching it farther out.

  • LA Huey

    Phil, who’s he going to take on the block? Bosh? Haslem? Bron? Unless Battier is tasked to him, there’s isn’t a forward on the Heat he’ll get anything against.

  • tpathi1

    AllenP, the triangle is built for the Heat! Especially when Lebron, Bosh and Wade get older..the best places for all of them to get scoring done is thru the post..they all are ‘big’ at their positions and most if not all matchups will favor them three guys throughout their careers. The problem is tho, they don’t kno how to space the floor correctly, i have seen supernintendo chalmers commit numerous turnovers just trying to get the ball to wade or bron in the post, and its not only him, its everyone on the team. Once Lebron perfects a post game, its over for the league, he will officially be unguardable. What if KD gets a post game..he will be too ridiculous…maybe a force like none we have ever seen, but he is too skinny/weak to take that kind of beating on a nightly basis.

  • jose

    @Brion: Yes, they also shouldn’t forget the last time they were up 2-1 in the finals… GO HEAT!!!

  • LA Huey

    Wario Chalmers has a requisite number of mistakes he has to make every game. It’s in his contract with the devil. That’s why he can knock down big-time threes and make lay-ups amongst/around the trees like he’s Damon Stoudamire.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    LA Huey:
    He doesn’t neccessarily have to be a primary scorer. I just think that it would behoove the Thunder if he could get more touches. Mainly because, he doesn’t hurt them, and his percentages are high.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    I can definitely be wrong, though…

  • Ldub

    Harden is smart granted…but he isnt a PG either. He holds the ball more than Russ at times. And that is because his mindset is to score. That is what the 6th man needs to do. Ive said it before and ill say it again. The finals are different from reg and post season games. Miami was there last season and has the experience. OKC, and scott brooks arent mentally ready (as far as i can see). They arent making the right reads and adjustments. This isnt just as simple as insterted one player in the rotation for another. Its a total team effort and the last 2 games havent shown that OKC is there right now. Yes they can stay in a game, and Im not expecting a blowout in any game, but the down the stretch plays are key. The mental aspect is all that is missing.

  • Ldub

    Also some are saying LBJ should hit the block…I disagree. Its very tiring to play down low, and bump and bang. You dont want you best player to get too tired thru the course of a game from low post physical abuse. He is already in there grabbing offensive boards. And on the defensive end, he is guarding durant very physically. Every now and then when there is a switch like russ or fisher on him, i would agree. But i wouldnt take harden or thabo in the post. Not saying they would pose a huge threat, but they arent completely undersized like a guard and they can bump back. Keep the movement, keep the cuts, keep the floor spread. If you can get a mismatch, then by all means take advantage. But dont force the post if youve been successful thus far with out it.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Huey:
    No doubt.
    Just trying to find some ways to alleviate some pressure off of Westbrook, and let him indulge in his scoring instincts without him hurting the cause as often.
    But I feel you.

  • LA Huey

    Yeah, I know. I really don’t see any actual adjustments the Thunder can make that wouldn’t require a player to put in an offseason’s worth of work. Collison’s a decent passer, so maybe they could have him make some passes at the high post with some off-ball action for Durant/Westbrook. Aside from that, they just have to execute better better than Miami.

  • T-Money

    allen, he’s doing it now! that’s my point. didn’t you see him yesterday roaming the baseline and cutting across the middle numerous times? didn’t you see him catch it on the block against thabo/kd/harden? it’s unrealistic to expect a player of his caliber who always has the ball in his hands and is expected to make decisions in PnR situations to not shoot any jumpers ever (it seems like that’s what you want). his jumper is now a tool, he’s just in a slump right now from the outside. if miami can land a steve nash in the off season then yeah, it’ll be realistic to expect him to catch it deep on every possession. but he has other responsibilities on this team, one being to organize the offense late in games. he has to do that from up top.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    We’ll see what happens.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    yesterday I was watching the game and on OKC number thirteen had a massive beard. Did anybody else see that? Anyway, it turned me on but since I live in my parents basement without a woman I just played with myself for an hour.

  • LA Huey

    T-Money has a really good point. I just can’t count on anyone else on the Heat aside from Bosh and Bron taking it to another level offensively at this point. I can’t see anything else they can do on defense, it’s solid at this point.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Good point T-Money. He does seem to be the only person on the team who can consistently bring the ball up the court and organize the team.

  • dywm

    Miami’s ball movement and passing are crazy. Crazy.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Anything is Possible. Heat will sweep Thunder.

  • Otis

    @dfrance21: “I don’t even think Westbrooks shot attempts are the problem, its just when he chooses to shoot them. A lot of times he thinks “Oh KD scored 2 in a row, let me score 2 in a row” instead of “Oh KD scored two in a row, let me get him the ball again.”
    .
    EXACTLY. This is exactly the thing.

  • http://www.hoopsworld.com/ IamYOU

    As a Heat fan I wouldnt rejoice yet. But I’m really glad to see the Heat up by one. Heat fans let’s be calm like Bron…

  • NYballr

    I still like OKC in 7 games. They just need to steal one in Miami, and get it back to OKC.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Has anyone else realised that for 2 teams that we can now call NBA FINALS CALIBRE… neither teams have much at that centre position…? It’s basically Kendrick Perkins….. and thats it. NONE of the guys the Heat brought in to anchor the middle are out there. I honestly think that Erik Spo’ has forgotten that Joel Anthony is down the end of the bench. Honestly. And Juwan Howard….. he DESERVES court time. How can he NOT push Ibaka around down there….?????

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    At that centre position it’s like Luc Longley (Bulls) versus Earvin Johnson (Sonics) (no not that one… ) all over again….

  • hegotsgame

    thunder got this. C’mon y’all didn’t we already question them before?

  • AQWORD

    ^^^^ Lol ^^^ yes yall better chill , youre scaring some peeps on here.

  • hegotsgame

    ^^^You should look up the work ‘manhandle’ again. It doesn’t apply to the Heat in this series…

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