The Miami Heat Win Game 3 To Take A 2-1 Series Lead

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Game 3 didn’t have the fast start Games 1 & 2 had but it ended with all the same excitement the last two games did.  The storyline for tonight was you have to hit your free throws, free throws ended up being the deciding factor as OKC shot 15-24 while the Heat shot 31-35 from the free throw line. The reason why this is such a shocking stat is because the Thunder are a notoriously good free throw shooting team while the Heat are spotty in that area.

 The Heat didn’t start as fast as they did in the first half for the previous two games, and the Thunder didn’t start out as slowly as they have either. This resulted in only a one-point lead for the Heat at halftime, and I’m sure you can guess how the Heat started the second half. If you said they started flat then you’re correct, it took the Heat the first six minutes of the half to put six points on the board. That wasn’t in part to the Heat not getting any points in the paint it was the lockdown D by OKC that forced Miami into taking jump shots. The Thunder then took the lead half way through the 3rd quarter getting it all the way to 10 pts at this time.  Even though the Thunder found a way to extend the lead Kevin Durant was sitting on the bench for the remainder of the 3rd quarter with 4 fouls. 

 Going in to the 4th quarter the Heat had a two-point lead. The majority of the 4th quarter was a complete back and fourth between the two teams as they traded defensive stops and baskets.  A late turnover by Dwyane Wade made the game very interesting with 1:58 left on the clock where Thabo Sefolosha picked Wade’s pocket clean to put the Thunder within three.  From there on the Thunder failed to capitalize as the Heat would go on to seal the deal with clutch free throw shooting going on to win 91-85.

 The Thunder may have another gripe with the refs as late fouls were not called, but regardless of who you’re rooting for Heat or Thunder the calls are iffy both ways. The refs calls are taking away from this series either they need to keep the calls consistent or let the players play, but I digress.  Check the stats below and tune into Game 4 Tuesday night at 9:00 PM ET over on ABC. 

 

Miami Heat

 

LeBron James – 29 points, 14 rebounds

Dwyane Wade – 25 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists

Chris Bosh – 10 points, 11 Rebounds 

 

Oklahoma City Thunder

 

Kevin Durant – 25 points, 6 rebounds

Russell Westbrook – 19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists

Kendrick Perkins – 10 points, 12 rebounds  

 

-John McAuliffe (@John_Mac310)

The Heat Even The NBA Finals At 1-1

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If Game 1 was forshadowing anything it would be that Game 2 was going to be that much more insane. The Heat came out of the gate and didn’t look back holding the lead for the entire game. Just because they held the lead the entire game doesn’t mean the Thunder didn’t make it very interesing in the final minutes. Prior to all that though the Heat started the game on a tear while the Thunder were the complete opposite. For the second game in a row Shane Battier hit at least 4 three pointers, that and Dwyane Wade getting off to a quick start propelled the Heat to a 12 point lead at the half. 

The second half wasn’t entirely like Game 1 where the Heat came out flat, but the Thunder came out on fire yet again. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook put the team on their back as the Thunder kept crawling closer and closer to taking the lead getting it all the way down to 2 points at one time. Truth be told when playing in OKC and the crowd is in to the game it seems like your playing a 5 on 6. Two highlights of the second half would be Kevin Durant dunking all over Shane Battier, and then late in the game when the Heat were so close to closing the game out, a late turnover resulting in a three by Kevin Durant put the game at 98-96 with 37 seconds left. LeBron James quickly fired an ill advised three which he missed giving the Thunder another chance. During a Durant drive to the hoop for the game tying bucket it seemed as if the refs missed a very big foul call that would’ve put Durant at the free throw line. The no call resulted in a miss, quick foul, and then two crucial made free throws by LeBron. With 6 seconds left Westbrook fired a three which didn’t connect as the game went final 100-96. 

As controversial as the NBA can be sometimes the players can’t dwell on what should’ve been for long, as Game 3 will be Sunday at 8:00 PM ET down in Miami. The adjustments for Miami seemed to work in Game 2, now it is on OKC to make the right adjustments to get a win in Miami for Game 3. Also a reminder that the Finals goes 2-3-2, so the next three games will be in Miami. Check the stats from the key players below. 

Oklahoma City Thunder 

Kevin Durant – 32pts, 3 reb, 1 asts 

Russell Westbrook – 27pts, 8reb, 7ast 

James Harden – 21pts, 4reb, 2 ast 

Miami Heat

LeBron James – 32pts, 8reb, 5 asts 

Dwyane Wade – 24pts, 6reb, 5ast 

Chris Bosh – 16pts, 15reb 

 

-John McAuliffe (@John_Mac310)

Oklahoma City Thunder Win Game One Of The NBA Finals

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The tone has been set for the NBA Finals and from the looks of it these won’t be games these are going to be battles. The Heat jumped out to an early lead in the first half against OKC as Shane Battier hit a number of 3s to start the game, Battier went on to finish with 17pts for the game. The Heat were looking to go in to the half with a bigger lead until the Thunder made a late 1st half push to cut the lead to 7. Thanks in part to a buzzer beater by James Harden which got the crowd back in to the game.  To start the 2nd half the last thing any Heat fan wanted to see was the Heat come out flat, and yet they did.  The second half was full of buckets the Heat couldn’t buy, and on the other end it was full of hustle plays by OKC and Kevin Durant highlights.  Durant and Westbrook used their length to dismantle the Heat in the second half as they finished with 36pts (KD) and 27Pts (RW). On the Heat side of the ball compared to Durant and Westbrook’s 41pt second half the Heat only put up 40pts as a team. LeBron James finished with 30pts and 9rebs, while Dwyane Wade finished with 19pts and 8asts. The series is far from over as anything could happen, but if the Heat want to win they got to play good the whole 48. Game 2 will be Thursday at 9:00 PM in Oklahoma City.  

 

-John McAuliffe (@John_Mac310)

San Antonio Goes Up 2-0 Against The Oklahoma City Thunder

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Not too sure what’s going on in this photo but…..

San Antonio Spurs took care of what they were supposed to do Tuesday night, and that was protect home court and take a 2-0 lead to Oklahoma City. The veterans took the fight to OKC early as it was too little too late in the end. Finding the open man, ball movement, and unselfish play were the keys to this Spurs win as the Thunder have yet to figure out the Spurs offense and are continually guessing on defense. Tony Parker led the Spurs with 34pts and 8asts while the rookie Kawhi Leonard also hauled in 18pts and 10rebs. Despite the efforts of Durant (31pts), Westbrook (27pts), and 6th man of the year James Harden (30pts) the Thunder fell short in Game 2 losing 120-111. Now we must wait until Thursday night to see of the Thunder can do their job at home and take Games 3 & 4. Game 3 is on Thursday May 31st at 9pm over on TNT.

 

Does Oklahoma City stand a chance?

– John McAuliffe (@John_Mac310)

Metta World Peace Suspended 7 Games For Causing James Harden’s Concussion

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As expected Metta World Peace has been suspended for the violent elbow he threw at James Harden during the Lakers game against the Thunder.  The league decided to suspend World Peace for seven games including the Lakers finale at Sacramento and the Lakers next six playoff games.  If the standings remain the same and the Lakers make it through the first round then they will meet Oklahoma City in the second round. 

World Peace stands to lose $348,000 of his salary if he serves his entire suspension this year.  If the Lakers face an early exit then the remainder of the suspension will be served next season.  With World Peace out as well as Matt Barnes, Devin Ebanks will get more playing time.  World Peace has since apologized for the incident and continues to claim it was an accident.  James Harden has suffered a concussion; the seriousness of his injuries in conjuncture with World Peace’s long rap sheet of offenses led to the seven game suspension. 

Before this incident Ron Artest had changed his name to Metta World Peace and substantially cleaned up his image even winning the Citizen of the Year award last year.  It didn’t look like an accident to me but I do hope World Peace will continue to head down the right path as he was doing before.

 

Shaina (@Shay_Marie)

Metta World Peace Speaks On Elbow To James Harden

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Metta World Peace took to his Twitter account to speak on the blow to James Harden’s head. The flagrant foul had the Laker ejected during their highly contested bout with the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

 – Sean Lynch (@Kiddfuture)