Resilient” is not a word most people use to describe the Miami Heat, but since I’m not allowed to repeat the words they do use, let’s start with that one. In one of the toughest road venues in the NBA — season on the line, world ready to pounce — the Heat were tougher, stronger and just grittier than the Oklahoma City Thunder. At the end, it looked like the Heat escaped with a 100-96 win in Game 2 to even the NBA Finals. There was Kevin Durant, ball in hand, team down two, releasing a shot he so often makes, and possibly getting fouled by LeBron James. The shot missed. No foul was called. This being the NBA in 2012, it immediately became the most outrageous bad call since British Prime Minster Neville Chamberlain declared “peace for our time” in 1938, but really, there are worse NBA calls in every game. If that happened in the second quarter nobody would remember it by halftime.
I’m giving the Heat some credit, but I thought the Thunder defense was atrocious. Their rotation was disgraceful. If you can’t get big stops you’re not going to win. Yeah we’re talking about Lebron, Bosh, and Wade, but still.. All the Heat had to do was split and that’s what they did. Now we’re taking this circus to South Beach. By the way, I love the NBA finals – just turn it on at the 4th quarter and you’re good.
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