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Heat vs. Thunder

Game Date/Time Matchup/Result Breakdown
1 Tues, June 12 at 8pm et/5pm pt on TSN Heat 94 at Thunder 105 Recap/Highlights | Box
2 Thurs, June 14 at 8pm et/5pm pt on TSN Heat 100 at Thunder 96 Recap/Highlights | Box
3 Sun, June 17 at 7pm et/4pm pt on TSN Thunder 85 at Heat 91 Recap/Highlights | Box
4 Tues, June 19 at 8pm et/5pm pt on TSN Thunder 98 at Heat 104 Recap/Highlights | Box
5 Thurs, June 21 at 8pm et/5pm pt on TSN Thunder 106 at Heat 121 Recap/Highlights | Box
Heat win series 4-1

* - If necessary

PLAYERS AND MATCHUPS TO WATCH

Miami

LeBron James - F

Regular Season
Pts: 27.1 | Reb: 7.9 | Ast: 6.2
Playoffs
Pts: 30.5 | Reb: 9.7 | Ast: 5.3

Dwyane Wade - G/F

Regular Season
Pts: 22.1 | Reb: 4.8 | Ast: 4.6
Playoffs

Pts: 23.0 | Reb: 5.1 | Ast: 4.4

Chris Bosh - PF

Regular Season
Pts: 18.0 | Reb: 7.9 | Blk: 0.8
Playoffs
Pts: 13.2 | Reb: 7.8 | Blk: 0.9
» Full Team Stats
Oklahoma City

Kevin Durant - F

Regular Season
Pts: 28.0 | Reb: 8.0 | Ast: 3.5
Playoffs
Pts: 28.3 | Reb: 7.2 | Ast: 3.7

Russell Westbrook - PG

Regular Season
Pts: 23.6 | Ast: 5.5 | Reb: 4.6
Playoffs
Pts: 23.3 | Ast: 5.8 | Reb: 5.5

Serge Ibaka - PF/C

Regular Season
Pts: 9.1 | Reb: 7.5 | Blk: 3.7
Playoffs
Pts: 9.8 | Reb: 5.8 | Blk: 3.0
» Full Team Stats

Key Matchups
LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant - Durant is the best scorer in the NBA, James probably the best all-around player. That includes his defence, and though Durant is a three-time scoring champion who has stretches where he's unstoppable, James has as good a chance as anybody in the league. He helped force Durant into a career-high nine turnovers in Miami's 98-93 home victory in April. And it's James who is actually the best scorer in this post-season, averaging 30.8 points. Slightest Edge: Heat.
Thabo Sefolosha vs. Dwyane Wade - The Thunder began to change their series against the Spurs when they put Sefolosha, their best perimeter defender, on point guard Tony Parker. Now he goes back to defending a shooting guard, and one of the best in the league. Wade would surely welcome 1-on-1 coverage but Sefolosha has the ability to make life difficult for him. Edge: Heat
Russell Westbrook vs. Mario Chalmers - The Heat had all kinds of trouble with Rajon Rondo and won't like playing against Westbrook, another speedy, do-everything point guard. He is prone to some poor shooting nights, but also has the potential to be the force that Rondo was in the last round. Edge: Thunder.

JACK'S THOUGHTS

Watching these two teams play every game in the playoffs and a bunch during the regular season, I like the Thunder 'slightly' over the Heat. Why? Bottom line, I like how OKC is playing offensively with poise, composure and purpose and their defence is improving. Really a coin flip but we've got a terrific Finals to watch and I think it will go the distance with the Thunder having a bit more in terms of impact/answers beyond their 'Big Three'. Either way, we all win because it should be a wonderful series. Pick: Thunder in seven.

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Regular Season Statistics
  Heat NBA Rank Thunder NBA Rank
W-L 46-20 4 47-19 3
Pts For 98.9 7 103.1 3
Against 92.3 4 96.9 17
Home 28-5 T1 26-7 T3
Road 18-15 5 21-12 3
Regular season series tied 1-1

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Western Conference

(1) SA 1, (8) DAL 1 (4) HOU 0, (5) POR 2
(2) OKC 1, (7) MEM 1 (3) LAC 1, (4) GS 1


Eastern Conference

(1) IND 1, (8) ATL 1 (4) CHI 0, (5) WSH 2
(2) MIA 2, (7) CHA 0 (3) TOR 1, (6) BKN 1


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