In the history of the NBA Finals no team has ever recovered from being down 1-3. That’s what this young Oklahoma City Thunder team is looking at after last night’s game. The Miami Heat were able to finish out another intense game over the Thunder 104-98 and take a commanding 3-1 lead in the Finals. This game had all the feelings of a Thunder win from the start but when it came down to crunch time, the Heat made the plays necessary to win the game. OKC got off to hot start, Heat rallied in the second, complete dogfight in the 3rd and big plays made the difference in the 4th. It’s almost a disgrace that these teams can’t play each other in a best of 11 series because every single game has been incredible. Last night’s semi-silent hero for the Heat was Mario Chalmers. He shot extremely well throughout the entire game and had 4 clutch points late to seal the deal for this game and possibly the series. Miami is now in position to capture the title. Can they do so or are we going to change venues?
Speaking of Oklahoma City, this young team has completely lost the confidence that rallied them from being down 0-2 in the west finals heading into this series. I think the only player that hasn’t lost the confidence is one Russell Westbrook. Westbrook was absolutely lights out last night, dropping 43 points but also included himself in some errors at critical points on defense. I get the feeling the Thunder are letting the officiating in the series get into their head. Even Heat fans can see that this officiating isn’t neutral when it comes to the touch fouls that go on in the paint. There’s just no way someone can watch this series and say that these teams are getting the same type of calls. Is that why OKC is down 1-3? No, that comes down to mistakes being made late in games. Also, where has James Harden been the last couple of games? Is that beard finally weighing him down? They must get Harden’s confidence back and they MUST stop making mistakes at the most critical times in the game. Take care of those two things and the Thunder can extended this series to go back home.
Some highlights of Westbrook’s incredible 4th quarter: