One More Game
Thursday, June 21, 2012
The blazing hot Miami Heat have a date with destiny tonight in game 5 of the NBA Finals. And the hapless OKC Thunder have a flight to catch back home to Oklahoma City.
The Miami Heat, led by LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, are just one win away from the NBA championship.
The Heat have a commanding 3-1 lead over the Thunder in the best-of-seven series. LeBron, 27, and Dwyane Wade, 30, have experience (total 18 years combined), talent and destiny on their side.
The young upstart Kevin Durant, 23, has only been in the NBA for 5 years. The Thunder don’t have an answer for the big 5: LeBron, D.Wade, Chris Bosh, Mario Chalmers and Shane Battier. And no other team has come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA Finals since the NBA adopted the 2-3-2 format.
LeBron, the league’s Most Valuable Player this season, is still ringless after 9 years in the NBA (2 of those seasons with the Heat). Miami would have won the NBA title in 2011 if it weren’t for Dirk Nowitzki and the pesky offense of the Dallas Mavericks.
But the self destructive offense of the Thunder, led by point guard Russell Westbrook, won’t be an obstacle tonight. The game has changed a lot in one year.
The 2 teams will tip off a little after 9 p.m., and the coronation of King James will begin approximately 48 minutes later.
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