Well the Allsports jinx is complete in the sports news and sports on the web. From the opening tip off in game five of the NBA final there was little doubt as to what the outcome would be. The Heat outscored the Thunder by five in the first and five in the second to take a ten point lead into the locker room at the half.
But they truly put the game away in the third quarter leaving little doubt that there would not be any return to Oklahoma. They outscored the visitors 36-22 in the third to take a commanding twenty four point lead into the fourth quarter. The Thunder did rally somewhat in the fourth, winning the quarter 35-26 but the damage was done and many of those points came with time winding down and Miami in celebration mode.
Mike Miller was lethal against the Thunder in the game because whenever the Thunder appeared to be making a run, Miller would cool them off with a timely three point shot. He went seven of eight from three point land and finished the game with 23 points in about 23 minutes of playing time. He picked up the slack when Dwyane Wade got into foul trouble and was instrumental in the win. He did all of this while playing with a bad back. Anyone who has ever had back problems would know how badly he wanted the win and how tough it would have been to play through the pain to get the job done.
LeBron James won the Bill Russell Trophy as the most valuable player in the NBA Finals and anyone that saw any of the games would have to say the same. James was unstoppable in the finals and saved his best basketball for when it mattered most.
James averaged 28.6 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 7.4 assists in the series. As for Finals MVPs, you have to go back to 1997 to find the closest numbers to James’s, when Michael Jordan averaged 32.3 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists in a six-game series against the Jazz as the Bulls won their fifth title.
So now the Oklahoma Thunder have some home work to do. They have been to the show and seen what it takes to win it. They can take a page out of the Miami Heat’s play book and work hard to be better and more mentally tough. With hard work and attention to detail Allsports thinks they have the talent to return to the NBA Final next year and maybe win it. Something tells Allsports though that their opponent could very likely be LeBron James and the Miami Heat again. Both are very skilled and talented teams.
“No Guts No Glory”
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