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Here are some facts:
• The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, scoring 105 points in 48 minutes and an average of 118 points per 100 possessions against one of the league's three or four stingiest defenses.
• Kevin Durant scored 36 points in that game, including 17 in the fourth quarter, and hit more than half of his shots in the process. His team won.
• LeBron James scored 30 points in that game, including seven in the fourth quarter, and hit less than half of his shots in the process. His team lost.
• LeBron James was the leading vote-getter for the league's All-Defensive first team this season, and is considered by many right-thinking humans to be the league's best and most capable perimeter defender.
• Kevin Durant is by trade a perimeter offender, and he was again in Game 1, with 12 of his 20 field-goal attempts coming from 10 feet away or further, according to Hoopdata.
These are facts, and disputing them seems, at best, foolhardy. So, then, it would stand to reason that after attempting to switch pick-and-rolls all over the floor to keep his defense from being overextended, frequently leading to Durant or Russell Westbrook facing a favorable matchup, one of the strategies Miami coach Erik Spoelstra must be considering for Thursday night's Game 2 is to sic his team's top Doberman on the opponent's prime scorer, right?
According to CBSSports.com's Ken Berger, that's both a challenge James wants and a move Spo should consider:
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LeBron James wants to guard Kevin Durant; that much is clear. This is one challenge James is not dodging.
He couldn't have said it any more bluntly in the past 24 hours, except if he'd just come out and demanded, "Give me Durant." [...]
[...] Spoelstra tried a tactical approach in Game 1 that had sound reasoning behind it, but it didn't work. It's time to change, put the best defensive player on Oklahoma City's best offensive player when the game is on the line, and stop being so defensive about everything.
"Coach gave us an idea for Game 1, and we went with it," said James, who'd pointed out after the game Tuesday night that it "wasn't my choice."