The Miami Heat's offense struggled a bit during their last outing against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but they were able to win their second straight game in the NBA Finals, taking a 2-1 lead in the series.
The Heat will try to win their third consecutive game against the Thunder, when the two teams meet again on June 19.
Miami's "big three" have played well in the first three games of the NBA finals, and I expect more of the same from them on Tuesday. LeBron James in particular has been amazing against the Thunder, putting up clutch performances Miami fans will remember for years.
"The biggest evolution of great players is they always stay in constant state of being uncomfortable," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters about LeBron's impressive play. "They don't stay satisfied. And LeBron every summer has added something to his game. I've seen it when I've followed him from afar, and now that I've gotten to know him he's added two, three, four different elements now to his game, the well-documented one of the post-up game, which we needed. But he continues to try to improve and stay uncomfortable. I think that's a sign of greatness."
Shane Battier has also played well against the Thunder, stealing the role of "X-factor" from Mario Chalmers.
Miami's defense has been a huge part of their success in the last two years, and they haven't strayed away from it in their last two outings. The Heat have been effective at stifling Oklahoma's offense, and they should be able to close out the series in Miami if they keep it up.
Spoelstra has taken his share of criticism over the years, but he's managed the team very well against the Thunder. He's kept his players focused on the defensive end, while spreading out their offense.
With a win against the Thunder on Tuesday, the Heat should be able to able to close out the series at the American Airlines Arena later on in the week. They've been the best team in the NBA for the past two years, and it's about time they have some hardware to prove it.
Associated Press, "Thunder-Heat Preview"
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