The Finals Are Back At Square One; Miami And OKC Combine For A Crazy Finish

By: 06.15.12

Durant and KD each had two fouls in the first quarter, then ‘Bron stuck a fourth on KD late in the third quarter. Missing that much time collectively between the two most important stars on the team effectively reined in OKC’s tempo. OKC had ZERO fast-break points through three quarters, after 24 in Game 1. Durant stayed in the game, though, which nearly brought OKC all the way back. KD threw down on Battier to get it to eight down in the fourth, then did a pro move and put his hands down to the bench to tell them, “don’t freak out yet.” That led to this incredible stretch. Starting with six minutes to go in the fourth both team’s big guns — plus Battier because, hey why the hell not? — had a tear that got better before you could type the previous play. Russell Westbrook (27 points) was a Heat-seeking missile looking for contact off an outlet from KD when he got a huge and-1 on James that briefly got the place jumping before Wade’s jumper. Then James Harden (21 points) — OKC’s savior in the first half — went at the front line for an acrobatic bucket, driving right past Mario Chalmers (3 points) like he was stuck, exactly like Miami had been sprinting toward the hoop in the first half. It was relentless. And that was before Battier dropped a bank three from 25 feet. Seriously? Shane, this is Gary Williams calling, you’re not supposed to have nights like this unless it’s against us Terps, you know? … Let’s see, how to bring up the end of this one. KD got fouled, period. James put a forearm into his chest and then followed it down his leg. Should have led to free throws and a tie, not a four-point game in favor of Miami. … We think it’s time that the praise for Oklahoma City’s never-die mentality that leads to these comebacks should be flipped until it’s seen as just a slow-starting team. That’s not to discount anything about how they rally but we shouldn’t give them a pass early. Thursday was a much bigger case than Game 1, when the Heat got up 10 early instead of 16, but when it happens at home, in the Finals, what could possibly be the reason? Are Scott Brooks‘ pre-game pep talks the world’s biggest wet blankets? … And the NBA will have its Social Media Awards soon. Is there any way Tony Allen does not win? … We’re out like an OKC sweep.

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