Ballin: Both the Thunder and the Heat had their big threes show up, with Oklahoma City’s scoring 80 and Miami’s pouring in 73 points. However, the Heat won because they were the team that had a big game from one of their reserves, as Shane Battier continued his wilderness exploration with another 17 point outing, including 5-of-7 threes. When the stars play to a stalemate, it’s the team that gets the extra contribution that wins.
Not so much: On the other hand, the non-Durant/Westbrook/Harden Thunder went for 16 points on 5-20 shooting. Not good enough.
Swallowed, sorrowed: This is a real tough no-call on the biggest possession of the game.
Looks like a couple of fouls to me, one on the shoulder and one on the leg. But I can see how a no-call happens, given the fouls occurred on the middlemost parts of Durant’s body, which could have been shielded from an official’s view. However, considering how fast he shot the ball and the quick of a flip Durant tossed up, you have to assume he thought he was fouled and wanted to get a shot up so he could go to the line. Let ‘em play though, I guess.
Tracking: Fourth quarter points through two Finals games — Kevin Durant has 33, LeBron James has 13.
More rough stuff: And here’s another tough call that didn’t go the Thunder’s way.
Again, you can see both sides of the call. If you’re a Thunder fan, you definitely see Kevin Durant blocking the shot before Serge Ibaka cleans things up, pulling off the rare yet beautiful double block off the backboard. If you’re a Heat fan, you see Kevin Durant not getting a clean block and Chris Bosh finishing the shot attempt, only to have the ball goaltended off the glass from behind. Refereeing is hard.
Welcome: After no blocks in Game 1, following a 45-game streak with at least one block mind you, Serge Ibaka swatted away five Heat attempts last night, not counting that goaltending directly above this sentence. When you consider the Heat went 18-28 at the rim during Game 2, you can see how having a shotblocker is going to be very important this series. Not to mention, most of his blocks looked awesome.
Head on: Sometimes it is better to be lucky than to be good.
Great shooting night for Battier, but his biggest shot came on a buzzer-beating desperation heave from two steps beyond (way far) the top of the key (not Battier’s preferred shot). Go figure.
En garde: I would contend that there is no NBA big man who likes doing guard stuff more than Chris Bosh. Maybe it’s because he’s so committed to his role that he relishes getting do things like handle the ball, shoot threes as the shot clock is running down or bring the ball up the court. Maybe it’s something else. Whatever the case, you can tell he loves it, as evidenced by last night’s Euro step and-one.
Other things: Thabo Sefolosha didn’t give the Thunder much last night, plus he missed ANOTHER dunk, only this time he wasn’t bailed out by a whistle. Starting to think this guy’s hands are three inches long … Huge, clutch bank shot from LeBron late in the fourth. Looked so easy … Russell Westbrook is just ripping off entire looks now … Kevin Durant’s dunks continue to look awesome, like he is somehow able to slam it through from the floor … They say a series doesn’t start until a road team wins, so let’s get this thing going