Thunder vs. Heat who will prevail
The Miami Heat uncorked a paralyzing endgame run to beat the Boston Celtics in game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals and book their second straight National Basketball Association finals against the rising men of the West, the Oklahoma Thunder. The Thunder have already secured the first finals seat by winning four straight and ousting the San Antonio Spurs 4 - 2. This epic battle is quite one for the books as the Big Three of Miami made up of league MVP Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh will go up against the big three of the West courtesy of three time scoring champ Kevin Durant, Rusell Westbrook and sixth man of the year James Harden. So who will take home the crown this year? Lets see.
Lebron James has taken over but his supporting cast has been lackluster. For the Heat to win, the whole team must put in better numbers since Wade and Bosh has been disappearing in most games. The re-emergence of Bosh in game 7 showed that he is ready to push the big men of OKC out of the shaded area most specially Serge Ibaka. On the other hand, the hot shooting of Mario Chalmers, Mike Miller and Shane Battier are key ingredients to spread the floor and give more space for James to do his stuff. Wade has to rediscover his shooting touch to be able to get the pressure off James. Bosh on the other hand must come out with his sweet shooting offense to complement James and Wade. Wade must be able to contain Russel Westbrook and more importantly make Westbrook bleed for points and keep in check while complimenting the team with his scoring. Low scoring games will favor the Heat. If this series goes the distance the Heat will definitely win it.
HOW THE THUNDER WILL WIN
Like a bad nightmare, this team has risen from the dead more times than the zombies in the MTV of Thriller. The OKC Thunder has made a living on last minute rallies and they have ousted the last three Western Conference Champions to make their first finals berth. The Thunder rely on the trio of Kevin Durant, Rusell Westbrook and James Harden on offense while Sergei Ibaka anchors their defense. As long as the final buzzer has not sounded and the series is not yet over, don't them off as evidenced by their Game 2 win in LA and their series comeback against the Spurs. Resiliency is what these young lightning bolts are made of and for as long as there is still some minutes left on the clock, their isolation plays and pick and rolls will do damage.
What ever happens this match up will definitely be good for basketball since neither team will want to back down and the word surrender is not in both team's list of things to do. Both teams has been down in their respective series and have shown that they can win on the road. Lets see who will come out better.