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Miami has gotten 3 great games out of Shane Battier, who came into the Finals averaging 5.7 points. He's averaging 14.3 against OKC. He's only averaged that total once in his entire career, his rookie season. A big reason why Miami is up 2-1 is Shane Battier's offense.
This post was edited by NLeininger 22 months ago
The Spurs got an awful whistle in Game 6.
But you have to be fair, you don't lose four games in a row by being the better team.
True, but he basically isn't being guarded at the three point line. Ibaka, Perkins and Collison are completely ignoring him and collapsing into the paint to give help on James and Wade. Miami is moving the ball and finding him for wide-open looks.
Which is no different than any other series Miami has played this post season. The big difference is he is making them now, when he has never really made them before in his playoff career.
Bump for game 4. Thunder are finally off to a good start.
I like this Westbrook.
now that's more like it.
Yes! 33-19 end of first quarter...........Thunder up!
Looks like Durant will not be guarding LBJ tonight.................should help with fouls
"Leadership is wisdom, courage and great carelessness of self"
and just like that the lead is 7
It is actually. Most teams can bring in much more athletic "4's" than Ibaka and Collison; who simply aren't comfortable defending anywhere outside the paint. Battier has been the same looks he gets in shoot-around in this series.
18-2 run for Miami, wow.
Good guys up 48-45 at the half
OKC back to their regular season ways. Lack of effort on D, stagnant offense. Pathetic.
KD is disappointing so far. Appears to disappear on defense and complaining too much to refs on offense. He's left his man open on several wide open 3s on basic transition defense.
Refs calling a terrible game
I think it's starting to show that the Thunder are not ready yet.
Not so sure..............remember the Thunder have played in the playoffs one of the toughest schedules in recent memory. They defeated the Mavs, Lakers and Spurs..............the ample lady might be taking a deep breath but the opera ain't over..............
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by austinr 22 months ago
Lebron gets all the calls. Makes me want to puke. NBA is such a cheeseball factory.
Hard to be ready when you average the second most free throw attempts through the entire season and can't buy a call during the series. Reminds me of Texas basketball teams going to the tourney back when Barnes first got here. A lot of those teams were real physical and would get away with murder in the Big XII. Then they would get to the tourney and two of our key players would be on the bench in foul trouble before the half. Officiating was just completely different.
I also hate Shane Battier.
This post was edited by Black Shipley 22 months ago
wow Harden cannot buy a basket. He needs to get it going.
Harden has not been good. People bitch about Westbrook but Harden really needs to pull his head out. Bad bounce passes seem to be the trend.
I can agree about the refs but they cannot be a crutch. There is enough about the play of the Thunder to criticize, irrespective of the refs.
I hope they prove me wrong but this is starting to feel like the Mavs of 2006. Worry more about what you can control, play hard and stop whining to the refs.
agree. he's completely no showed this whole finals.
RW is single handedly keeping the Thunder in this game.
No doubt. They have to realize they are calling a different kind of game. At the same time, if the Heat drive the lane and get touched, there is a whistle. Just seems like a real tough position to be in.
And yeah, Harden has looked terrible lately.
Westbrook is in the zone. Keep feeding the beast, and work off of that until the Heat can stop it.
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