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ManRam
06-11-2012, 09:45 AM
NBA FINALS: GAME 1



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Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena
Tuesday, June 12
Time: 9:00 PM
T.V.:ABC


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ManRam
06-11-2012, 09:48 AM
I'm admittedly guessing on the Heat starting five. I'll update it when it's known.

The fact that I'm still guessing is one of the few reasons I give OKC the slight nod. I like OKC in 6 really hard fought games. More depth, more size and home court advantage really are the differences for me.

cheaptrikz
06-11-2012, 09:52 AM
Gotta see how much of an advantage will more size give OKC other then that :jumpy:

ManRam
06-11-2012, 09:56 AM
I don't think the size will matter a ton. OKC's bigs don't score in the paint much, if at all, and that's where the Heat can be exposed. But still...more size can never hurt.

Tha Truth
06-11-2012, 10:36 AM
What's the over/under on Perkins techs this series?

Regardless take the over.

theheatles
06-11-2012, 10:39 AM
Bosh has to make shots and drag Ibaka out of the paint

natelpete
06-11-2012, 10:39 AM
I'm admittedly guessing on the Heat starting five. I'll update it when it's known.

The fact that I'm still guessing is one of the few reasons I give OKC the slight nod. I like OKC in 6 really hard fought games. More depth, more size and home court advantage really are the differences for me.

There is no such thing as 'home court advantage' if they only play 6 games. However, it would make sense if you picked them in 5 or 7.

h2r09
06-11-2012, 10:48 AM
don't care which one, just need the heat to split the first 2 and i feel extremely confident about the heat winning this series. just want it to get underway though. these 9 pm starts are a bit ridiculous though.

justinnum1
06-11-2012, 11:08 AM
Cant wait. Miami needs to win one of the first 2 in okc.

tredigs
06-11-2012, 11:15 AM
Bosh has to make shots and drag Ibaka out of the paint

There's potential to throw KD on Bosh when they stretch the floor with him; Does double duty by giving him a break on Lebron and keeping him out of the potential early foul trouble there. I think KD could do a great job on Bosh defensively, but if he does go hard to the paint then Ibaka's still there for the helpside as usual.

I'm taking OKC in 7. Miami took too long to get there and had to rely so much on the big 3 (well, Lebron) that I think the Thunder will wear them down. Home court for the team that just took 4 straight from one of the best teams we've seen in years? I'll take that squad.

NYMetros
06-11-2012, 11:15 AM
Heat win

lakerfan85
06-11-2012, 11:16 AM
Thunder in 5..

Tha Truth
06-11-2012, 11:20 AM
This is the year LeBron gets his ring.

Three times a charm.

Dade County
06-11-2012, 11:37 AM
The HEAT is going to be to much for OKC... But I do have to say this series is going to be amazing!

Dade County
06-11-2012, 11:39 AM
There's potential to throw KD on Bosh when they stretch the floor with him; Does double duty by giving him a break on Lebron and keeping him out of the potential early foul trouble there. I think KD could do a great job on Bosh defensively, but if he does go hard to the paint then Ibaka's still there for the helpside as usual.
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Bosh will dominate if they put KD on him... smh foul trouble city

theheatles
06-11-2012, 11:50 AM
just locked in my game 1 bet of Heat +5

bigsams50
06-11-2012, 11:51 AM
Heat in 6. LeBron goes HAM in game 1 imo

tredigs
06-11-2012, 11:56 AM
Bosh will dominate if they put KD on him... smh foul trouble city

Why? They're the same size, only KD's got the edge on reach and quickness and has improved remarkably defensively. I think KD could flat handle Bosh on that end quite well on his own, but when you factor in the potential weakside help of Ibaka I'd feel pretty strongly about that matchup if I'm Scott Brooks. Clearly a better situation than playing Lebron 40 minutes a game.

Chacarron
06-11-2012, 12:15 PM
Give me the Heat in 5 or 6.

Stinkyoutsider
06-11-2012, 12:21 PM
Picked Heat in 6. Especially if the Thunder have a lot of turnovers which happens more than it should. Miami is the best finishing team on the break so the Thunder have to keep the turnovers down.

I think if the Thunder can keep this a half court series, I think they can pull off the championship run. I'm just not sure the Thunder can match the Heat on the break.

I wonder if Wade will be matched up on Westbrook. I really want to see how they go at each other...

King41
06-11-2012, 12:27 PM
heat will win !

tredigs
06-11-2012, 12:29 PM
Picked Heat in 6. Especially if the Thunder have a lot of turnovers which happens more than it should. Miami is the best finishing team on the break so the Thunder have to keep the turnovers down.

I think if the Thunder can keep this a half court series, I think they can pull off the championship run. I'm just not sure the Thunder can match the Heat on the break.

I wonder if Wade will be matched up on Westbrook. I really want to see how they go at each other...

OKC's a better fastbreak team than Miami to be honest. Especially when it's Harden/Westbrook/Durant running the break with a trailing Ibaka. You won't be seeing many chase-down blcoks from Lebron in this series, that's for sure. Nobody catches those dudes.

And I'd like to see the turnover per offensive possession numbers from a couple sources. The one I just checked had OKC with a clear advantage over the year there too.

TylerSL
06-11-2012, 12:37 PM
Man, I am ready to get this **** started! I predict Heat have big game 1, and win it on the road. OKC takes game 2 tho I think.

BcEuAbRsS
06-11-2012, 12:44 PM
OKC in 7... Lebron plays amazing, but the Thunder just have better players...

still1ballin
06-11-2012, 12:52 PM
Go Thunder!!

Thunder in 6

ATX
06-11-2012, 12:52 PM
Miami in 7, in an epic series.

The Flash
06-11-2012, 12:55 PM
Picked the HEAT winning in 7 with referee help

TylerSL
06-11-2012, 12:56 PM
IMO this is how series plays out

Game 1-Miami starts out with a huge in at OKC in a nail-biter.

Game 2-OKC takes Game 2, possibly by double digits cuz they overwhelm people at home.

Game 3-Miami takes game 3, at home, ready to take control of the series

Game 4-OKC takes game 4 in Miami much like how Miami takes Game 1 at OKC in a nail-biter.

Game 5-Miami takes Game 5 and takes 3-2 lead with their backs against the wall. If Miami goes back to OKC down 2-3 it would be done. Miami wins another nail-biter.

Game 6-Miami closes OKC out on the road in a very hard fought game. OKC is young and they will be back for years to come. But Miami has really came a long way since Lebron and Bosh decided to join Wade.

ManRam
06-11-2012, 12:59 PM
don't care which one, just need the heat to split the first 2 and i feel extremely confident about the heat winning this series. just want it to get underway though. these 9 pm starts are a bit ridiculous though.

True. 6 was just a random number i randomly picked. I could see it going 5-7 games. HCA is a tricky specimen in the finals. It really changes things a lot.

I think having to win 3 games in a row as the low seed just to defend your home court is so tough. I know the 2-3-2 has pros and cons for both teams....and is a challenge for both, but i think it makes things slightly more difficult than normal for the lower seed.

ManRam
06-11-2012, 01:22 PM
If the Heat cast are hitting threes, like Battier, Miller, Jones etc. they'll be much more able to beat the Thunder. Everyone will focus on the stars, but that's what the Heat need most IMO. Chalmers included...but he can do more than just hit threes, and needs to.

I say it every series and every game...but that's the biggest difference and is what takes them to the next level. They're so much better when they get 6-8+ threes from those guys.

Wade>You
06-11-2012, 01:22 PM
If you're OKC: protect your home court and preferably steal 1 in Miami.

If you're the Heat: steal 1 of 2 at OKC, win 2 of 3 at home, win 1 on the road.

macc
06-11-2012, 01:26 PM
This is the finals matchup I wanted to see with my team out. Going to be one of the best finals ever I believe. At least it has the potential for it. I'm guessing OKC in 6.

Interesting story lines both ways. Is the team that through the superstars together going to win or the team that was built from the ground up.....

Can't wait till tues.

macc
06-11-2012, 01:26 PM
I hope it goes 7 games.

ManRam
06-11-2012, 01:29 PM
This is the finals matchup I wanted to see with my team out. Going to be one of the best finals ever I believe. At least it has the potential for it. I'm guessing OKC in 6.

Interesting story lines both ways. Is the team that through the superstars together going to win or the team that was built from the ground up.....

Can't wait till tues.


A lot of people expected this season to be full of lawsuits and mediation...not basketball games. This is the Finals i wanted too...and thank god we didn't get a lockout instead. It would suck to have been robbed of this.

macc
06-11-2012, 01:41 PM
A lot of people expected this season to be full of lawsuits and mediation...not basketball games. This is the Finals i wanted too...and thank god we didn't get a lockout instead. It would suck to have been robbed of this.



Exacty.

Lebron vs Durrant

Harden vs Wade

Westbrook vs ...

Bosh vs Ibaka

Shall be epic (I know that word is overused but I don't care)

pebloemer
06-11-2012, 01:51 PM
Definitely has the potential to be a memorable Finals. We are privileged to see so many the NBA's best players on the biggest stage. LeBron, Durant, Wade, Westbrook, Bosh, Harden all playing against each other in the same series.

It can unfold in many different ways with potential for historic individual/team performances.

Wade>You
06-11-2012, 01:56 PM
In 2 games against the Heat this season:


Durant has scored 29ppg (52% FG, 50% 3pt%).

Excellent defense by Shane Battier.


Westbrook has scored 20ppg (31%FG and 28% 3PT%)

Atrocious defense by the Heat Guards.

Heat guards are going to have to step their game up if they want to match Battier's defensive intensity.

NYMetros
06-11-2012, 02:10 PM
Exacty.

Lebron vs Durrant

Harden vs Wade

Westbrook vs ...

Bosh vs Ibaka

Shall be epic (I know that word is overused but I don't care)

It's not really LeBron vs Durant..they probably won't even guard each other.

Punk
06-11-2012, 02:34 PM
If OKC were to win the series, would that make them the youngest team to win a championship?

koreancabbage
06-11-2012, 02:47 PM
Bosh is the best big man in this series- He's the real key factor that I think everyone is over looking.

ztilzer31
06-11-2012, 02:48 PM
I'd put James on Westbrook in this series to be honest. Just because he's proven to make mistakes when he's pressured, and I think James can force turnovers. To me, Westbrook is going to make or break this series for OKC. He can't be taking those off the dribble three attempts with 15 seconds left on the shot clock, and he has to be more of a distributor.

I think OKC has more talent, but the matchups favor Miami. Miami wins in 7.

koreancabbage
06-11-2012, 02:49 PM
It's not really LeBron vs Durant..they probably won't even guard each other.

they have to if Bosh makes it back in the starting lineup.

koreancabbage
06-11-2012, 02:50 PM
I'd put James on Westbrook in this series to be honest. Just because he's proven to make mistakes when he's pressured, and I think James can force turnovers. To me, Westbrook is going to make or break this series for OKC. He can't be taking those off the dribble three attempts with 15 seconds left on the shot clock, and he has to be more of a distributor.

I think OKC has more talent, but the matchups favor Miami. Miami wins in 7.

Lebron on Westbrook would nullify Westbrook for sure. not sure how many mathcups will happen if Lebron plays the whole game.

yaswaggin
06-11-2012, 02:55 PM
fyi OP's matchup post has it saying game 4 instead of game 1

justinnum1
06-11-2012, 02:59 PM
Bosh is the best big man in this series- He's the real key factor that I think everyone is over looking.

Yea, he is the factor imo, especially if he can hit some 3's.

KB-Pau-DH2012
06-11-2012, 03:00 PM
Heat steal game 1 in OKC, LeBron drops 40+.

All the greats start off the NBA Finals with 40+ games to set the tone.

MJ did it all those yrs, Shaq did it a couple of times, Kobe did it in '09 against Orlando with 40-8-8. I expect LeBron to do the same tomorrow night.

KB-Pau-DH2012
06-11-2012, 03:04 PM
I predict Miami's stifling defense makes OKC into a jumpshooting team.

LGhost
06-11-2012, 03:20 PM
It feels like that this is the Heat's year but I don't know why because beating the Thunder is damn near impossible... At least one of these games, the Thunder will blow the Heat out, this game will be their best opportunity although the Heat did just leave the ECF (last quarter at least) on a mission.

ManRam
06-11-2012, 03:28 PM
I'd put James on Westbrook in this series to be honest. Just because he's proven to make mistakes when he's pressured, and I think James can force turnovers. To me, Westbrook is going to make or break this series for OKC. He can't be taking those off the dribble three attempts with 15 seconds left on the shot clock, and he has to be more of a distributor.

I think OKC has more talent, but the matchups favor Miami. Miami wins in 7.

Whether or not he actually "makes or breaks" this series in actuality, I'm sure he'll be blamed if they lose.

We're talking about a match up of two of the biggest perpetual scapegoats of recent memory! This is one of the greatest match up of scapegoats we've seen! LeBron vs. Westbrook :drool:


LeBron needs to be on Durant though. I get what you're saying, but you gotta slow KD the best you can, and that comes via LeBron.

It will be interesting to see how Miami defends Russy/Harden/Durant when all three are on the court.

ManRam
06-11-2012, 03:33 PM
Odds:

Series: OKC-165, Miami+145

Game 1: OKC (-5)

OKC are pretty significant favorites. Not HUGE, but pretty solid.

Last year, for comparison's sake, Miami was -180 and the Mavs were +160. The Heat were considered HEAVY favorites, so considering how minor the difference is between this year and last, the Thunder have to be considered significant favorites.

Nick O
06-11-2012, 04:12 PM
Despite the fact both teams have a big 3 .... I see this series turning into a Lebron and Others V.s Durant and Others

Master Mind
06-11-2012, 04:36 PM
This will be a dog fight, lot of chippy action.

KB-Pau-DH2012
06-11-2012, 04:37 PM
This will be a puppy fight, lot of floppy action.

Fixed. ;)

Muttman73
06-11-2012, 04:55 PM
and the THUNDER rolls....

keep LeBron humble

I crack myself up

Nick O
06-11-2012, 05:05 PM
Harden or Bosh who is gonna come up bigger?? I say Bosh for sure as hes so freakin undervalued.. but i think those 2 are they key.. I have the Heat in 6 tho

beasted86
06-11-2012, 07:20 PM
There's potential to throw KD on Bosh when they stretch the floor with him; Does double duty by giving him a break on Lebron and keeping him out of the potential early foul trouble there. I think KD could do a great job on Bosh defensively, but if he does go hard to the paint then Ibaka's still there for the helpside as usual.

I'm taking OKC in 7. Miami took too long to get there and had to rely so much on the big 3 (well, Lebron) that I think the Thunder will wear them down. Home court for the team that just took 4 straight from one of the best teams we've seen in years? I'll take that squad.

I doubt you will see a lot of (if any) Bosh at PF.

Regardless of what our starting lineup or rotation or minute distribution is, one of the only things Spoelstra has made apparent throughout this playoff run is his commitment to playing small.

NYMetros
06-11-2012, 07:27 PM
they have to if Bosh makes it back in the starting lineup.

Not really. Sefolosha on LeBron and Battier on Durant is what it will probably be. :shrug:

SportsFanatic10
06-11-2012, 08:17 PM
There's potential to throw KD on Bosh when they stretch the floor with him; Does double duty by giving him a break on Lebron and keeping him out of the potential early foul trouble there. I think KD could do a great job on Bosh defensively, but if he does go hard to the paint then Ibaka's still there for the helpside as usual.

I'm taking OKC in 7. Miami took too long to get there and had to rely so much on the big 3 (well, Lebron) that I think the Thunder will wear them down. Home court for the team that just took 4 straight from one of the best teams we've seen in years? I'll take that squad.

i agree that we might see some kd on bosh just as a different look and that hes capable of doing a good job on him. but wouldn't that then put ibaka on lebron? ibaka won't be able to be the help defender he wants to be if thats the case.

SportsFanatic10
06-11-2012, 08:18 PM
if i'm spo this is how i'd want to match up against okc on defense...

chalmers on westbrook
wade on thabo
lebron on durant
bosh on ibaka
haslem on perkins

then at times when harden is in put wade at point on westbrook and have battier on harden. overall i think those are pretty solid matchups for both teams. gonna be an amazing series!

Bruno
06-11-2012, 08:22 PM
I've gotta admit guys. I've never been so excited for a non-Lakers finals before.

I think we're about to witness a classic.

SportsFanatic10
06-11-2012, 08:24 PM
I doubt you will see a lot of (if any) Bosh at PF.

Regardless of what our starting lineup or rotation or minute distribution is, one of the only things Spoelstra has made apparent throughout this playoff run is his commitment to playing small.

since ibaka is taller than perkins i think bosh should play pf and haslem at center to match up length wise. but with spo you never know.

DODGERS&LAKERS
06-11-2012, 08:28 PM
Thunder in 5. It will be closer than the total amount of games, but I was not impressed with one team I seen out of the east during these playoffs. All tight games, but I think the Thunder win it early.

ChitownBears22
06-11-2012, 08:37 PM
I think the 3 game stretch in Miami is going to kill OKC. The Finals can really hurt the team with HCA.

ImDaBaron
06-11-2012, 08:50 PM
I have the Heat in 7

MTL_123
06-11-2012, 09:04 PM
Im gonna be curious to see who's gonna get destroyed by the media the most if lebron wins a ring this year, KD or Rose, with the questions where's the rings. Yes i know people are still gonna criticize lebron on the not 1 not 2 etc, but winning 1 ring will shut some people up a bit.KD is gonna be in his 5th year in the league thats around the same time people started to question lebron about where the rings at. So its gonna be real interesting to see whats gonna happen if lebron finally wins a ring.

blastmasta26
06-11-2012, 09:39 PM
This Finals could really go either way, I'll admit I'm too much of a coward to make a pick lol. OKC is the better all around team, but LeBron has been monstrous.

SteBO
06-11-2012, 10:03 PM
Man, I'd just rather just chill, lay back, and watch what should be a great Finals. But being a Miami fan, and wanting LBJ to get that elusive 1st ring so damn bad, just won't allow me to do that. :laugh2:

Wade>You
06-11-2012, 10:04 PM
since ibaka is taller than perkins i think bosh should play pf and haslem at center to match up length wise. but with spo you never know.lmao story of his coaching career. And it rhymes, too.

KB-Pau-DH2012
06-11-2012, 10:07 PM
lmao story of his coaching career. And it rhymes, too.

rigged.

justinnum1
06-11-2012, 10:41 PM
lmao story of his coaching career. And it rhymes, too.

rigged.
lol

DoMeFavors
06-11-2012, 11:37 PM
LETS GO HEAT!
Dont want those cocky OKC players getting anything..pay your dues then talk. Perkins is gonna try to start fights and BS like that.
Excited for LeBron to get his championship so we dont hear people disrespect the best player by talking about him being a loser. Cant wait to hear all the people who HATE and root against the Heats reaction after Heat win.

DODGERS&LAKERS
06-11-2012, 11:45 PM
LETS GO HEAT!
Dont want those cocky OKC players getting anything..pay your dues then talk. Perkins is gonna try to start fights and BS like that.
Excited for LeBron to get his championship so we dont hear people disrespect the best player by talking about him being a loser. Cant wait to hear all the people who HATE and root against the Heats reaction after Heat win.

For LBJ's sake, he better pray he wins. If he goes 0 for 3 in the finals, it will only bring out his detractors ten fold with more ammunition.

justinnum1
06-11-2012, 11:49 PM
For LBJ's sake, he better pray he wins. If he goes 0 for 3 in the finals, it will only bring out his detractors ten fold with more ammunition.

Not really, i think a lot depends on how lebron plays. If he has another awful finals and miami loses then yea, he will deserve what he gets, but if he plays well, like 30/10/5 well i think he will be ok, not to mention OKC is favored.

popo85
06-11-2012, 11:51 PM
Lebron VS KD should be a classic go MIA!!

DoMeFavors
06-11-2012, 11:55 PM
For LBJ's sake, he better pray he wins. If he goes 0 for 3 in the finals, it will only bring out his detractors ten fold with more ammunition.

GUess Stocton and Malone suck too, and Malone has lost in the finals more times..Young cavs team against Dynasty Spurs in 07, Last year with very little depth against a Mavs team that had Dirk who was unstoppable.

Wade>You
06-12-2012, 12:00 AM
It's not that the Heat didn't have depth, is that Spoelstra is such a horrible coach, that he played Joel Anthony 30 more MPG than Joel should ever play.

He played Mike Bibby as our starting PG when it was so f-ing obvious that Chalmers was the better PG. He only started him when it was already Game 6, elimination. Chalmers had a pretty good game for the Heat, too, and hit HUGE shots to keep our hopes alive.

If this is Mike D'Antoni we were talking about (which it practically is), the Heat would be the laughing stock of the NBA for thinking this "small ball" and "run and gun" crap is gonna win a championship.

Wade>You
06-12-2012, 12:06 AM
Ask Mark Cuban the reason why the Mavs defeated the Heat, he'll tell you:

http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2011-08-30/sports/sfl-miami-heat-mark-cuban-s083011_1_heat-coach-erik-spoelstra-deshawn-stevenson-mario-chalmers


Interviewed on CNN's "Piers Morgan Live," choosing his words carefully amid the NBA lockout, Cuban offered his view on how the Mavericks took this past June's NBA Finals in six games, after falling behind 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

"I'll tell you the interesting thing," Cuban said, "after Game 3 of the Miami series, our guys said, 'They aren't making any adjustments. We got 'em.' And so the confidence was through the roof."
6 ****ing games to adjust, and the only adjustment was starting Chalmers.

DODGERS&LAKERS
06-12-2012, 12:21 AM
Not really, i think a lot depends on how lebron plays. If he has another awful finals and miami loses then yea, he will deserve what he gets, but if he plays well, like 30/10/5 well i think he will be ok, not to mention OKC is favored.

I'm not saying it would be justified hate. But you know he will get it regardless. He could average 40 10 and 10 on 60% shooting without turning it over once and he will get flack.

justinnum1
06-12-2012, 12:25 AM
It's not that the Heat didn't have depth, is that Spoelstra is such a horrible coach, that he played Joel Anthony 30 more MPG than Joel should ever play.

He played Mike Bibby as our starting PG when it was so f-ing obvious that Chalmers was the better PG. He only started him when it was already Game 6, elimination. Chalmers had a pretty good game for the Heat, too, and hit HUGE shots to keep our hopes alive.

If this is Mike D'Antoni we were talking about (which it practically is), the Heat would be the laughing stock of the NBA for thinking this "small ball" and "run and gun" crap is gonna win a championship.

And you think pittman is the answer :laugh:

Im sure you also blame spo for how lebron played too in the finals last year :laugh2:

Wade>You
06-12-2012, 12:30 AM
How many coaches in the NBA have there own website that begs for their team's FO to fire their coach?

1. www.firespo.com

Reppin405
06-12-2012, 12:30 AM
There is no such thing as 'home court advantage' if they only play 6 games. However, it would make sense if you picked them in 5 or 7.

How would it make sense if he chose in 5? It's 2-3-2 it would be the opposite. What kind of annoying test calls someone out on something like that, especially when you are wrong yourself?

justinnum1
06-12-2012, 12:32 AM
How many coaches in the NBA have there own website that begs for their team's FO to fire their coach?

1. www.firespo.com

It's either the refs or spo with you. lol

You might be the only heat fan that thinks lebron played well in the finals.

Mell413
06-12-2012, 12:32 AM
I don't think Cuban is qualified to talk about coaching

DODGERS&LAKERS
06-12-2012, 12:32 AM
GUess Stocton and Malone suck too, and Malone has lost in the finals more times..Young cavs team against Dynasty Spurs in 07, Last year with very little depth against a Mavs team that had Dirk who was unstoppable.

Where did I say he sucks? I'm just pointing out the obvious. He will get killed by fans and media and labeled as a player who can't get it done on the biggest stage. I wouldn't do it, but a majority of people will have that perception. And unfortunately, perception is reality.

Wade>You
06-12-2012, 12:33 AM
I don't think Cuban is qualified to talk about coachingTry reading the quote again.

DoMeFavors
06-12-2012, 12:36 AM
How many coaches in the NBA have there own website that begs for their team's FO to fire their coach?

1. www.firespo.com

LOL actually a lot

www.firefrank.com

www.fireavery.com

justinnum1
06-12-2012, 12:37 AM
How many coaches in the NBA have there own website that begs for their team's FO to fire their coach?

1. www.firespo.com


LOL actually a lot

www.firefrank.com

www.fireavery.com

lol
:burn:

Wade>You
06-12-2012, 12:42 AM
In ECF G7, LeBron talks about Doc Rivers after the game (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7W2dJ5-2Hpk#t=1m2s). You can't hear the audio when he speaks directly to Doc Rivers, but if you have the game, just put it to that part and LeBron repeats "I respect you" like 3 or 4 times.

When Jermaine O'neal was here and then left, he called out Erik Spoelstra.

When Shawn Marion was here and was later traded to Toronto, he called out Erik Spoelstra.

Besides the stuff that has happened in the past:


We all know what happened between Wade and Spoelstra in game 3.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaMqtpU3slk


But what wasn't very highly publicized is that LeBron James not once mentioned Spoelstra when he was giving thanks for his MVP:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5m6GL28GiM#t=6m7s

("The Miami Heat organization...Micky, Pat .... uhh Nick")

(The look on Spo's face is priceless)


And we all know about "Bumpgate" between LeBron and Spo:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNgf6fd88g8#t=11s


In the same game from Bumpgate, Chris Bosh stared down Erik Spoelstra when Spo took him out with foul trouble in the last minutes of a regulation game (lol what a stupid coaching decision). Needless to say, the Heat lost):


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qx8Dq5A1aBw



LOL actually a lot

www.firefrank.com

www.fireavery.comFirefrank.com is down, I'm guessing that one worked. But at the same time, did the Nets have legitimate championship aspirations?

justinnum1
06-12-2012, 12:44 AM
In ECF G7, LeBron talks about Doc Rivers after the game (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7W2dJ5-2Hpk#t=1m2s). You can't hear the audio when he speaks directly to Doc Rivers, but if you have the game, just put it to that part and LeBron repeats "I respect you" like 3 or 4 times.

When Jermaine O'neal was here and then left, he called out Erik Spoelstra.

When Shawn Marion was here and was later traded to Toronto, he called out Erik Spoelstra.

Besides the stuff that has happened in the past:


Firefrank.com is down, I'm guessing that one worked. But at the same time, did the Nets have legitimate championship aspirations at the time?

Please stay on topic, this is about the finals game 1, not your obsession with SPO.

Wade>You
06-12-2012, 12:48 AM
Spoelstra's wife seems to think that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh were the reasons the Heat lost in 2011, but everyone living in reality knows where the blame goes to, including the team that beat the Miami Heat to win their first NBA championship.

Apparently, Spoelstra's wife thinks that Spo can win a championship without LBJ, DW3, and CB.

justinnum1
06-12-2012, 12:51 AM
Spoelstra's wife seems to think that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh were the reasons the Heat lost in 2011, but everyone living in reality knows where the blame goes to, including the team that beat the Miami Heat to win their first NBA championship.

lol, blaming spo for losing the finals? :laugh2: Like i said, you could be the only heat fan that thinks lebron played well in the finals.

Spo had his problems, but he would be wearing a ring right now if lebron just played to his avg and not shrink in the moment.

I think it's one of the weakest things to only blame the coach and refs when your team loses.

KB-Pau-DH2012
06-12-2012, 01:02 AM
This game thread went down the toilet really fast before the game even started.

#Wade>Yousystem

justinnum1
06-12-2012, 01:05 AM
This game thread went down the toilet really fast.

#Wade>Yousystem

yea, lets get it back on topic, and hopefully no one goes off topic anymore about his infatuation with spo.
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Miami keys to win tonight(**** yea! game day!)
-Lebron needs to keep playing like the lebron from the last series. Attack attack attack!
-Wade needs to show up all 4 qtrs
-Bosh needs to hit some shots and rebound
-battier needs to hit some shots
-rio needs to be agressive
-miami team defense needs to be on a string
-match OKC energy
-do not turn it over/force OKC to turn it over
-role players(miller,UD, anyone else) make some shots

Cant wait(bart scott voice)

KB-Pau-DH2012
06-12-2012, 01:08 AM
yea, lets get it back on topic, and hopefully no one goes off topic anymore about his infatuation with spo.
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Miami keys to win tonight(**** yea! game day!)
-Lebron needs to keep playing like the lebron from the last series. Attack attack attack!
-Wade needs to show up all 4 qtrs
-Bosh needs to hit some shots and rebound
-battier needs to hit some shots
-rio needs to be agressive
-miami team defense needs to be on a string
-match OKC energy
-do not turn it over/force OKC to turn it over
-role players(miller,UD, anyone else) make some shots

Cant wait(bart scott voice)

Simple thing, close the lanes and limit penetration. Make Westbrook beat you off of Jumpshots.

LeBron and Wade have to get Perk into foul trouble quickly, and Ibaka is a very happy-shot blocker, so he'll basically jump at anything. Have to be smart against him with pump fakes and draw fouls and get him into foul trouble too.


And whoever wins the free throw attempt battle, wins the game. ;)

leftymo
06-12-2012, 01:12 AM
I don't think the size will matter a ton. OKC's bigs don't score in the paint much, if at all, and that's where the Heat can be exposed. But still...more size can never hurt.

Basketball is a big man's game... Size is the difference why OKC will win and Miami will lose.

justinnum1
06-12-2012, 01:16 AM
Simple thing, close the lanes and limit penetration. Make Westbrook beat you off of Jumpshots.

LeBron and Wade have to get Perk into foul trouble quickly, and Ibaka is a very happy-shot blocker, so he'll basically jump at anything. Have to be smart against him with pump fakes and draw fouls and get him into foul trouble too.


And whoever wins the free throw attempt battle, wins the game. ;)

I think battier will start at the 4, basically pulling ibaka out of the paint. ANd they will proably put perkins on bosh.

westbrick will guard rio, rio will guard westbrick
sefolosha will guard wade, wade will guard sefolosha
durant will guard lebron, lebron will guard either durant or ibaka
ibaka will guard battier or bosh, battier will guard durant or iabak(i think durant)
perkins will guard bosh, bosh will guard perkins

thats how i think the matchups willl look

leftymo
06-12-2012, 01:18 AM
So let me sum this up...

The OKC Thunder that have gone through the playoff struggles just like the Heat have a balanced deep team and are playing like a team. They have just beaten the defending NBA Champs Mavericks, then the two time former Champs Lakers, and the best record in the NBA Spurs. They have size, depth, talent, youth, experience and the best scorer in the game.

The Miami Heat just went 7 games to a team that would be the 5th seed in the west, worse than Memphis, the Lakers, etc... It's a two man team, maybe a 3rd guy coming into his form, and they do not have home court advantage. It would be a decent upset if the Heat could actually win this series, b/c the Thunder are just flat out better.

ChitownBears22
06-12-2012, 01:18 AM
Key is to get the OKC quiet. HEAT need to come out blazing and get that arena is a state of depression.

KB-Pau-DH2012
06-12-2012, 01:18 AM
I think if Miami starters wants to hold down the fort until Bosh comes off the bench, the key is Udonis Haslem. He has to play big, and I mean hitting his J's like in 06. Or else, all the pressure will be on LeBron and Wade in that starting lineup, and Bosh is probably going to have to come back sooner than your coach would like.

koreancabbage
06-12-2012, 01:19 AM
I think battier will start at the 4, basically pulling ibaka out of the paint. ANd they will proably put perkins on bosh.

westbrick will guard rio, rio will guard westbrick
sefolosha will guard wade, wade will guard sefolosha
durant will guard lebron, lebron will guard either durant or ibaka
ibaka will guard battier or bosh, battier will guard durant or iabak(i think durant)
perkins will guard bosh, bosh will guard perkins

thats how i think the matchups willl look

well if thats the case, matchups and spacing go towards Miami big time. both Ibaka and Perkins will be very far from the net. Durant/Westbrook/Thabo will have to play great one-on-one defense against two of the best at getting to rim on any iso play.

Lebron will have to do some yeoman's work in the paint defensively.

Wade>You
06-12-2012, 01:19 AM
Basketball is a big man's game... Size is the difference why OKC will win and Miami will lose.I agree, I just don't see the Heat winning playing small ball. Eventually, one team is gonna make em pay, and OKC has just as capable front court as Dallas had.

But it's ok, because Spoelstra will be gone and then he can take his wife and family with him to Charlotte, where LBJ/DW/CB won't be there to stand in front of his dreams of winning a championship.

Pat Riley was gonna catch flak for firing Spo, so he has to show the world just how terrible a coach he is before he can take over.

koreancabbage
06-12-2012, 01:21 AM
So let me sum this up...

The OKC Thunder that have gone through the playoff struggles just like the Heat have a balanced deep team and are playing like a team. They have just beaten the defending NBA Champs Mavericks, then the two time former Champs Lakers, and the best record in the NBA Spurs. They have size, depth, talent, youth, experience and the best scorer in the game.

The Miami Heat just went 7 games to a team that would be the 5th seed in the west, worse than Memphis, the Lakers, etc... It's a two man team, maybe a 3rd guy coming into his form, and they do not have home court advantage. It would be a decent upset if the Heat could actually win this series, b/c the Thunder are just flat out better.

and they will =) Miami has the best player in the game. So iono.

leftymo
06-12-2012, 01:26 AM
ah but this is the NBA where upsets are rare...

this isn't the NHL where the 8th seed wins a championship, or the NFL where a road wild card team wins the Superbowl, or MLB where a wild card team wins the World Series...

justinnum1
06-12-2012, 01:27 AM
I agree, I just don't see the Heat winning playing small ball. Eventually, one team is gonna make em pay, and OKC has just as capable front court as Dallas had.

But it's ok, because Spoelstra will be gone and then he can take his wife and family with him to Charlotte, where LBJ/DW/CB won't be there to stand in front of his dreams of winning a championship.

Pat Riley was gonna catch flak for firing Spo, so he has to show the world just how terrible a coach he is before he can take over.

Who should they play then? And dont even bother saying pittman or turiaf. You play your best talent, and it just so happens miami's best talent is their smaller lineups.

leftymo
06-12-2012, 01:29 AM
In the last five years, only 3 teams have been super-poised to win a championship.

The 2008 Boston Celtics
The 2009 LA Lakers
The 2012 OKC Thunder

I guess you could throw the mavs in there, with the way they were playing but they had a history of choking, and I actually thought Miami had a shot to win that last year.

The Thunder are ready, they have overcome every obstacle against elite teams. I'm afraid those paying attention to the ECF are in for a rude awakening. The reg season doesn't mean much, but OKC did demolish the Heat earlier in the year. This isn't the geriatric Celtics, this is a team that is probably more athletic than the Heat. I hate the thunder, but have watched what they've done carefully, and they are going to be NBA champs.

ChitownBears22
06-12-2012, 01:32 AM
Small lineup can create mismatches for both teams. Unless you think Ibaka is going to be able to stay with Bosh roaming the outside while having a presence in the paint.

ChitownBears22
06-12-2012, 01:33 AM
In the last five years, only 3 teams have been super-poised to win a championship.

The 2008 Boston Celtics
The 2009 LA Lakers
The 2012 OKC Thunder

I guess you could throw the mavs in there, with the way they were playing but they had a history of choking, and I actually thought Miami had a shot to win that last year.

The Thunder are ready, they have overcome every obstacle against elite teams. I'm afraid those paying attention to the ECF are in for a rude awakening. The reg season doesn't mean much, but OKC did demolish the Heat earlier in the year. This isn't the geriatric Celtics, this is a team that is probably more athletic than the Heat. I hate the thunder, but have watched what they've done carefully, and they are going to be NBA champs.

How are they poised exactly. Young talent that hasn't been on this stage before? The nerves will be through the roof for them.

PleaseBeNice
06-12-2012, 01:36 AM
Lets go Heat! King get his ring!

Wade>You
06-12-2012, 01:37 AM
"Which team is more poised" question:

Do the Thunder look to take quick shots when they have a big lead?

How about the same situation, but when they're in the 4th?

How about running a fast break in the last minutes of the 4th and risking a turnover instead of slowing the game down?

If Thunder answer no to all, they are more poised than the Heat. Heat make those boneheaded mistakes a lot of the time with the game on the line, and it's reflective of how they've been coached.

lavell12
06-12-2012, 01:52 AM
Here is your useless fact about series. First time in all four of the major US pro sports that neither team nickname ends with the letter S.

tredigs
06-12-2012, 01:53 AM
"Which team is more poised" question:

Do the Thunder look to take quick shots when they have a big lead?

How about the same situation, but when they're in the 4th?

How about running a fast break in the last minutes of the 4th and risking a turnover instead of slowing the game down?

If Thunder answer no to all, they are more poised than the Heat. Heat make those boneheaded mistakes a lot of the time with the game on the line, and it's reflective of how they've been coached.

When you are seasoned a competitor as Wade/Lebron/Bosh and even Haslem, there's no excuse for 'bonehead' mistakes when it concerns misuse of the shot clock and other in-game tactical choices. That's the floor leaders jobs, and you can't ask for more experience than they already have.

If you're talking Westbrook and the 22 year old Thunder players - OK - that can be something you could flame Brooks for a bit, but not Miami. They shouldn't have to be told a thing as far as those situations go.

That said, both teams could use a little more Nash or CP3 in their blood.

KB-Pau-DH2012
06-12-2012, 02:32 AM
Hey Heat fans, heads up, Derek Fisher has never lost a playoff series when his team (LAL, UTA, OKC) wins the first game of a playoff series. He is an undefeated 30-0 in such situations.

Food for thought.

You're Welcome.

leftymo
06-12-2012, 02:34 AM
How are they poised exactly. Young talent that hasn't been on this stage before? The nerves will be through the roof for them.


They have a 5 time champion Derek Fisher coming off the bench, they have another champ Kendrick Perkins also on the team. They've beaten champions to get here, they've come back significantly in series to win them, that includes both against the Spurs and Lakers. They have a closer that has closed games. They haven't lost a single game at home in the playoffs and have homecourt advantage. They beat a team 4 straight, that had the best record in the NBA, with 3 allstars, and had won 20 straight games.

They are so well-balanced that there is no way the Heat can remotely come close to them with their 2 1/2 players. You would have to imagine the heat firing on all cylinders with every player playing well, hitting all of their shots, and still having the size to matchup with the Thunder.

You don't win titles with 2 guys... you need all five firing together as a unit. The Thunder are doing that, the Heat are not.

ChitownBears22
06-12-2012, 02:38 AM
They have a 5 time champion Derek Fisher coming off the bench, they have another champ Kendrick Perkins also on the team. They've beaten champions to get here, they've come back significantly in series to win them, that includes both against the Spurs and Lakers. They have a closer that has closed games. They haven't lost a single game at home in the playoffs and have homecourt advantage. They beat a team 4 straight, that had the best record in the NBA, with 3 allstars, and had won 20 straight games.

They are so well-balanced that there is no way the Heat can remotely come close to them with their 2 1/2 players. You would have to imagine the heat firing on all cylinders with every player playing well, hitting all of their shots, and still having the size to matchup with the Thunder.

You don't win titles with 2 guys... you need all five firing together as a unit. The Thunder are doing that, the Heat are not.

You really underestimate defense don't you. The HEAT thrive off of turnovers. Nervous players make turnovers. I think this stage is going to be too big for Russell Westbrook and he is going to force up jump shots and make bad passes. They blew multiple big leads last year against Dallas in the WCF and I think it was nerves. They were on the cusp on the Finals and couldn't close. Now they are here and I think they will struggle.

LeBron on KD in the 4th is going to kill them too. Good luck getting to your spots Durant, LeBron knows your game too well.

leftymo
06-12-2012, 02:38 AM
"Which team is more poised" question:

Do the Thunder look to take quick shots when they have a big lead?

How about the same situation, but when they're in the 4th?

How about running a fast break in the last minutes of the 4th and risking a turnover instead of slowing the game down?

If Thunder answer no to all, they are more poised than the Heat. Heat make those boneheaded mistakes a lot of the time with the game on the line, and it's reflective of how they've been coached.


Yeah, but it's clear that one team is playing like a team. Ball movement, defense, any guy can beat you, off the bench James Harden is better than anything the HEAT have. Perkins is more muscle than anything the Heat have. The only team in the NBA that can run with the Heat are the Thunder, they have more talent playing at a higher level than the Heat. If the Heat want to win this series, they'll have to win 2 games in OKC (OKC hasn't lost at home and have the BEST homecourt advantage in basketball).

ChitownBears22
06-12-2012, 02:40 AM
Yeah, but it's clear that one team is playing like a team. Ball movement, defense, any guy can beat you, off the bench James Harden is better than anything the HEAT have. Perkins is more muscle than anything the Heat have. The only team in the NBA that can run with the Heat are the Thunder, they have more talent playing at a higher level than the Heat. If the Heat want to win this series, they'll have to win 2 games in OKC (OKC hasn't lost at home and have the BEST homecourt advantage in basketball).

I am guessing you didn't watch the Spurs series closely. At no point was OKC dominant in that series. Every game was close. I think you are over estimating the talent level.

leftymo
06-12-2012, 02:40 AM
You really underestimate defense don't you. The HEAT thrive off of turnovers. Nervous players make turnovers. I think this stage is going to be too big for Russell Westbrook and he is going to force up jump shots and make bad passes. They blew multiple big leads last year against Dallas in the WCF and I think it was nerves. They were on the cusp on the Finals and couldn't close. Now they are here and I think they will struggle.

LeBron on KD in the 4th is going to kill them too. Good luck getting to your spots Durant, LeBron knows your game too well.

You underestimate the level at which OKC is playing and the level Boston plays at.

There are 5 western teams that would beat the Celtics in the playoffs, and the Heat struggled to beat them. The Heat will have to raise their game significantly. I'm expecting a game 1 blowout Heat loss, just like the last time they visited OKC. They have no idea what's about to hit them. They'll play better in game 2 though.

leftymo
06-12-2012, 02:42 AM
I am guessing you didn't watch the Spurs series closely. At no point was OKC dominant in that series. Every game was close. I think you are over estimating the talent level.


Exactly. The Spurs were far superior to the Heat. The Heat are a downgrade compared to the Spurs. Simple logic. The thunder now face a team not as good as the Spurs.

The defacto championship was the WCF. The East is fodder, for the 4 straight season. Sorry, but true.

ChitownBears22
06-12-2012, 02:43 AM
You underestimate the level at which OKC is playing and the level Boston plays at.

There are 5 western teams that would beat the Celtics in the playoffs, and the Heat struggled to beat them. The Heat will have to raise their game significantly. I'm expecting a game 1 blowout Heat loss, just like the last time they visited OKC. They have no idea what's about to hit them. They'll play better in game 2 though.

The HEAT struggled when Bosh was out. Did you see what happened to Boston when Bosh played 20+ minutes. They won by 20 and by 13. Interesting isn't it. Amazing what happens when you have a big man that can cover KG in the paint and also play outside and open up passing and driving lanes.

I know it is hard to understand that since it doesn't fit your bias analysis.

leftymo
06-12-2012, 02:44 AM
65% of the ESPN writers have picked OKC. OKC are the favorites, they are playing better basketball, they have HCA, they have a better team. Even a smart Heat fan knows that they haven't played well, as a unit... Lebron had to have a supergame to bail the Heat out in game 6!

just watch and learn. Relax heat fans, it will be a good series, but you'll realize that the Thunder are far superior to your team this year. (barring injury, to the thunder)

ChitownBears22
06-12-2012, 02:44 AM
Exactly. The Spurs were far superior to the Heat. The Heat are a downgrade compared to the Spurs. Simple logic. The thunder now face a team not as good as the Spurs.

The defacto championship was the WCF. The East is fodder, for the 4 straight season. Sorry, but true.

Please prove to me the Spurs were better than Miami. In fact in the only regular season game played between the two, Miami won.

ChitownBears22
06-12-2012, 02:46 AM
65% of the ESPN writers have picked OKC. OKC are the favorites, they are playing better basketball, they have HCA, they have a better team. Even a smart Heat fan knows that they haven't played well, as a unit... Lebron had to have a supergame to bail the Heat out in game 6!

just watch and learn. Relax heat fans, it will be a good series, but you'll realize that the Thunder are far superior to your team this year. (barring injury, to the thunder)

Yeah I remember finals predictions last year too by ESPN. It was HEAT across the board. ESPN is the all knowing. They don't have an agenda.

ChitownBears22
06-12-2012, 02:48 AM
And another note on your Spurs are a better team than Miami.

They beat the Spurs this year by 20+ without wade.

leftymo
06-12-2012, 02:49 AM
Last time Miami was in OKC, the big three played, they lost by 16, with those big stiffs Perkins & Ibaka going 16-21 for 35 points....

pete and re-peat were on a boat.

i'll be here to say I told you so...

basketball is so predictable it's not even funny... Heat/OKC could've been called in January.

leftymo
06-12-2012, 02:51 AM
And another note on your Spurs are a better team than Miami.

They beat the Spurs this year by 20+ without wade.


Anyone with half a brain knows the Spurs are a better team than Miami this year.


The Spurs or Thunder would've defeated Miami easily. Miami has two guys that play on the perimeter and their strength is in the open court. Slow the game down, half court basketball and Miami can't execute their offense! Did you miss the Boston series? How did a geriatric team like the Celtics take you to 7 games? That series should've been over in 5! Celtics were 1 game better than the Denver Nuggets this year. The Nuggets... first round fodder!!!

ChitownBears22
06-12-2012, 02:52 AM
Last time Miami was in OKC, the big three played, they lost by 16, with those big stiffs Perkins & Ibaka going 16-21 for 35 points....

pete and re-peat were on a boat.

i'll be here to say I told you so...

basketball is so predictable it's not even funny... Heat/OKC could've been called in January.

And the Bulls swept the HEAT in the regular season last year. What is your point.

ChitownBears22
06-12-2012, 02:53 AM
Anyone with half a brain knows the Spurs are a better team than Miami this year.


The Spurs or Thunder would've defeated Miami easily. Miami has two guys that play on the perimeter and their strength is in the open court. Slow the game down, half court basketball and Miami can't execute their offense! Did you miss the Boston series? How did a geriatric team like the Celtics take you to 7 games? That series should've been over in 5! Celtics were 1 game better than the Denver Nuggets this year. The Nuggets... first round fodder!!!

Bosh, Battier, Miller, Jones, Wade and Lebron all can shoot 3's. That is more than 3. Miami is also the best close-out team for jump shooters in the league. Something tells me this is an important fact when playing a team that take a high amount of jumpshots.

Baller1
06-12-2012, 02:53 AM
Hey Heat fans, heads up, Derek Fisher has never lost a playoff series when his team (LAL, UTA, OKC) wins the first game of a playoff series. He is an undefeated 30-0 in such situations.

Food for thought.

You're Welcome.

That's insane.

ChitownBears22
06-12-2012, 02:54 AM
Anyone with half a brain knows the Spurs are a better team than Miami this year.


The Spurs or Thunder would've defeated Miami easily. Miami has two guys that play on the perimeter and their strength is in the open court. Slow the game down, half court basketball and Miami can't execute their offense! Did you miss the Boston series? How did a geriatric team like the Celtics take you to 7 games? That series should've been over in 5! Celtics were 1 game better than the Denver Nuggets this year. The Nuggets... first round fodder!!!

You must have missed my post on Bosh. That is how the series became a 7 game series. In games Bosh played 20+ minutes Miami was +33.

leftymo
06-12-2012, 03:06 AM
You must have missed my post on Bosh. That is how the series became a 7 game series. In games Bosh played 20+ minutes Miami was +33.


Chris Bosh is definitely needed for Miami to be successful, b/c Wade & Lebron isn't enough.

But Bosh vs. the crap that Boston throws out there, vs. Ibaka & Perkins is a whole different story.

Look, you are arguing from a point of weakness. The Heat are not favored. The Thunder are. The majority of the country pick the Thunder. Thunder have home court. They are playing better basketball, they have beaten better teams. In a league where upsets are rare, the Heat defeating the Thunder would be an upset. I'm not a fan of either team, so I have no bias, but I've watched both teams and it's not close. I'm sure the Heat's turn will come, but it won't be this year.

KB-Pau-DH2012
06-12-2012, 03:07 AM
65% of the ESPN writers have picked OKC. OKC are the favorites, they are playing better basketball, they have HCA, they have a better team. Even a smart Heat fan knows that they haven't played well, as a unit... Lebron had to have a supergame to bail the Heat out in game 6!

just watch and learn. Relax heat fans, it will be a good series, but you'll realize that the Thunder are far superior to your team this year. (barring injury, to the thunder)

In the 2008 Finals, the Lakers entered the finals with a record of 12-3, having swept the nuggets, beat the jazz in 6, and beat the (at the time) defending champion spurs in 5.

The Celtics entered the 08 Finals 12-10. 7 game series against the Hawks and Cavs, and beat the Pistons in 6.


And the Celtics beat the Lakers in 6 to win the title.


To me, the more battle tested team wins the finals more often than not.

NYtilIdie
06-12-2012, 03:08 AM
The present vs. the future, Lebron vs. Durant, Heat vs. Thunder.

LET'S DO THE DAMN THING!

ChitownBears22
06-12-2012, 03:08 AM
In the 2008 Finals, the Lakers entered the finals with a record of 12-3, having swept the nuggets, beat the jazz in 6, and beat the (at the time) defending champion spurs in 5.

The Celtics entered the 08 Finals 12-10. 7 game series against the Hawks and Cavs, and beat the Pistons in 6.


And the Celtics beat the Lakers in 6 to win the title.


To me, the more battle tested team wins the finals more often than not.

I was going to bring this up as well but I didn't want to type it. so thanks.

Gold star for you. And I don't pass those out very often.

leftymo
06-12-2012, 03:09 AM
That's insane.


hey baller, love your icon! Stanley Cup Champs baby!!!! LONG LONG OVER DUE!!!

I couldn't make any of the playoff games (since i live in AZ) but will be there for opening night in October.

KB-Pau-DH2012
06-12-2012, 03:11 AM
hey baller, love your icon! Stanley Cup Champs baby!!!! LONG LONG OVER DUE!!!

I couldn't make any of the playoff games (since i live in AZ) but will be there for opening night in October.

LA Kings champs baby! :rock:


:dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

leftymo
06-12-2012, 03:21 AM
In the 2008 Finals, the Lakers entered the finals with a record of 12-3, having swept the nuggets, beat the jazz in 6, and beat the (at the time) defending champion spurs in 5.

The Celtics entered the 08 Finals 12-10. 7 game series against the Hawks and Cavs, and beat the Pistons in 6.


And the Celtics beat the Lakers in 6 to win the title.


To me, the more battle tested team wins the finals more often than not.

Depends on the battle. The Celtics were the #1 seed and the best team in the NBA, they also crushed the Lakers in the reg season by 15+ points twice. They had homecourt.

Both teams are battle tested, but who faced tough battles? Miami against the Knicks, Pacers, and Celtics (39 win team)??? Or the Defending NBA champs Mavs, the Lakers, and the #1 team in the NBA Spurs? Battle tested... 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 champs vs. 2008 champs.

leftymo
06-12-2012, 03:26 AM
A look at the matchups. Obviously nobody can guard Lebron. Likewise nobody can guard KD.

Wade can be neutralized by Sefolosha, and it's not like Wade is at the top of his game. Who guards Westbrook? Chalmers? Hahahahhaha

Who guards Harden? Lebron? Ok.

Perkins/Ibaka just beat Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki, allstars Pau Gasol & Andrew Bynum, and 4 time champion Tim Duncan... and now they get Chris Bosh??? (& haslem???)

meanwhile Bosh and the Miami bigs faced Amare i punch a fire extinguisher, Hibbert, and a 35 year old KG... impressive.

aussie
06-12-2012, 08:00 AM
http://forums.prosportsdaily.com/showthread.php?t=726825

Chavacano
06-12-2012, 08:19 AM
Thunder in 6.

Chavacano
06-12-2012, 08:35 AM
It's not really LeBron vs Durant..they probably won't even guard each other.

Yeah. Such a shame. :sigh:

Hoopsadvocate
06-12-2012, 08:48 AM
A look at the matchups. Obviously nobody can guard Lebron. Likewise nobody can guard KD.

Wade can be neutralized by Sefolosha, and it's not like Wade is at the top of his game. Who guards Westbrook? Chalmers? Hahahahhaha

Who guards Harden? Lebron? Ok.

Perkins/Ibaka just beat Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki, allstars Pau Gasol & Andrew Bynum, and 4 time champion Tim Duncan... and now they get Chris Bosh??? (& haslem???)

meanwhile Bosh and the Miami bigs faced Amare i punch a fire extinguisher, Hibbert, and a 35 year old KG... impressive.

You lost all credibility as a poster when u said wade can be neutralized by sefolosha yet say westbrook can't be gaurded.

You do realize Westbrook has been defended very well by the HEAT in the games played this season and is pobaby shooting his worst fg% against the HEAT compared to any other team.

No u probably didn't cause u don't know jack other than what u hear in the media.

MJL80
06-12-2012, 09:02 AM
If you're not a Heat fan, how could anyone be rooting against OKC.... great team, great coach, great story.

Not a big basketball fan, but OKC deserves a title the way they've played. This series will determine whether or not there is a new Big 3 in the NBA

Jarvo
06-12-2012, 09:08 AM
If Bosh gets Ibaka out the paint and in foul trouble it's all bad for Thunder, Either way I think the Heat take it in 6. The Finals is a different beast and I don't trust Westbroke.

Jarvo
06-12-2012, 09:10 AM
If you're not a Heat fan, how could anyone be rooting against OKC.... great team, great coach, great story.

Not a big basketball fan, but OKC deserves a title the way they've played. This series will determine whether or not there is a new Big 3 in the NBA

I'm a Spurs fan and rooting for the Heat because I'm tired of hearing the hate on Lebron and I'm from Miami soooo yeah lol

Dade County
06-12-2012, 09:11 AM
Everyone should know that Wade is not completely healthy (this is why he is not playing at a super star level each and every playoff game; but I feel that Wade will summon up enough energy and go ham), but I feel that he goes off on OKC the entire series... They will have know answer for him.

This will be a great series... HEAT!!!

natelpete
06-12-2012, 09:11 AM
Hot damn, I'm excited for tonight. This has the possibility to be one of the greatest Finals of all-time.

Jarvo
06-12-2012, 09:14 AM
Depends on the battle. The Celtics were the #1 seed and the best team in the NBA, they also crushed the Lakers in the reg season by 15+ points twice. They had homecourt.

Both teams are battle tested, but who faced tough battles? Miami against the Knicks, Pacers, and Celtics (39 win team)??? Or the Defending NBA champs Mavs, the Lakers, and the #1 team in the NBA Spurs? Battle tested... 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 champs vs. 2008 champs.

I'll say the Heat are more battle tested because Mavs werent going nowhere and you can tell after the Lakers went 7 games with the nuggets they were going to be done for and all the Thunder faced were the Spurs. While the Heat faced a good pacers & celtics team and were down and had to fight back after people doubted them.

mjm07
06-12-2012, 09:20 AM
Hot damn, I'm excited for tonight. This has the possibility to be one of the greatest Finals of all-time.

THIS. I truly hope it is and HEAT come out with the 'ship.

devilsheat25
06-12-2012, 09:26 AM
Thunder in 5.

Jarvo
06-12-2012, 09:37 AM
Everyone should know that Wade is not completely healthy (this is why he is not playing at a super star level each and every playoff game; but I feel that Wade will summon up enough energy and go ham), but I feel that he goes off on OKC the entire series... They will have know answer for him.

This will be a great series... HEAT!!!

I hope so Wade is one of my fav players and the hate he getting now makes me sick, I know he will take it to another level.

Jarvo
06-12-2012, 10:12 AM
Also I think people forget how good of a Defense the Heat play, I'm so ready for this series ! :jumpy:

Chavacano
06-12-2012, 10:17 AM
You lost all credibility as a poster when u said wade can be neutralized by sefolosha yet say westbrook can't be gaurded.

You do realize Westbrook has been defended very well by the HEAT in the games played this season and is pobaby shooting his worst fg% against the HEAT compared to any other team.

No u probably didn't cause u don't know jack other than what u hear in the media.

Westbrook's worst FG%'s against the Pacers at 30.4%. Against the Heat comes second at 31%.

bucketss
06-12-2012, 10:24 AM
A look at the matchups. Obviously nobody can guard Lebron. Likewise nobody can guard KD.


Wade can be neutralized by Sefolosha,

:laugh2:


and it's not like Wade is at the top of his game. Who guards Westbrook? Chalmers? Hahahahhaha

tough matchup but i dont get whats so funny :S


Who guards Harden? Lebron? Ok.
k.


Perkins/Ibaka just beat Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki, allstars Pau Gasol & Andrew Bynum, and 4 time champion Tim Duncan... and now they get Chris Bosh??? (& haslem???)

beat? the thunder beat the mavs/spurs/lakers it wasn't just them and its not like they outperformed those guys


meanwhile Bosh and the Miami bigs faced Amare i punch a fire extinguisher, Hibbert, and a 35 year old KG... impressive.

kg played better than all those bigs in the west hibbert was solid and amare was still probably better than gasol

kobebabe
06-12-2012, 10:25 AM
lol....these are all heat fans in here giving Miami the Nod before they even see a single game. OKC do not mind playing the underdog role.....i don't either!
GO OKC!!!

bucketss
06-12-2012, 10:33 AM
lol....these are all heat fans in here giving Miami the Nod before they even see a single game. OKC do not mind playing the underdog role.....i don't either!
GO OKC!!!

are there even okc fans on this site?

Jarvo
06-12-2012, 10:38 AM
lol....these are all heat fans in here giving Miami the Nod before they even see a single game. OKC do not mind playing the underdog role.....i don't either!
GO OKC!!!

OKC is not the underdog everyone and their first, second amd third born ate going for them.

YashBoone
06-12-2012, 10:50 AM
Heat may play good defense, but Boston gave them a lot of trouble, and they don't score half as much as okc...

Miami has yet to play a team that is on their level in this playoffs and okc is a problem for them for sure.

Iron24th
06-12-2012, 11:49 AM
I pick OKC on this one, and it will be up to the Heat to adjust to try to win game 2.

theheatles
06-12-2012, 11:51 AM
Are there any Thunder fans on this site that live in Oklahoma?

JordansBulls
06-12-2012, 12:29 PM
In the 2008 Finals, the Lakers entered the finals with a record of 12-3, having swept the nuggets, beat the jazz in 6, and beat the (at the time) defending champion spurs in 5.

The Celtics entered the 08 Finals 12-10. 7 game series against the Hawks and Cavs, and beat the Pistons in 6.


And the Celtics beat the Lakers in 6 to win the title.


To me, the more battle tested team wins the finals more often than not.

Celtics had HCA though. And the Celtics in 2008 were never down in a series. Heat have been down in back to back series 2-1 and 3-2.

beasted86
06-12-2012, 12:39 PM
I really hope Wade kicks it up a notch for the Finals, because this is his worst playoff showing since his '07 injury season.

willabeast77
06-12-2012, 12:45 PM
Miami to steal game 1. LeBron will have a good game and close. Wade also shows up. I'm not expecting a close game, double figure win.

beasted86
06-12-2012, 12:48 PM
Miami really needs Chalmers, Battier, and Haslem to knock down jumpshots and spread the floor.

Baller1
06-12-2012, 01:00 PM
I've got OKC by 6-10.

h2r09
06-12-2012, 01:03 PM
just get one of the first 2 and the heat will be fine. doesnt matter which one

popo85
06-12-2012, 01:04 PM
Miami really needs Chalmers, Battier, and Haslem to knock down jumpshots and spread the floor.

They should put Wade on Westbrook and leave Rio on Thabo, Wade's size should bother Westbrook a bit.

STL Don
06-12-2012, 01:14 PM
This is going to be war.
So happy the West won the All Star game.

Cano4prez
06-12-2012, 01:28 PM
This is going to be war.
So happy the West won the All Star game.

lolwat

Getting UGGLA
06-12-2012, 01:53 PM
Somebody call LeBron's mama. He's about to be ***** slapped 4 times on his arse and on out of the playoffs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tpeec1P5TWs

beasted86
06-12-2012, 01:56 PM
This is going to be war.
So happy the West won the All Star game.

This is the NBA not the MLB.

THE GIPPER
06-12-2012, 01:57 PM
I voted Miami in 6. With the way Lebron has been playing recently I just cant vote against the Heat. And if Bosh's play continues to be stellar and he's able to play more minutes then thats a huge plus for the Heat.

D-wade needs to step up though. His first halfs have been pretty bad so far in the playoffs and it will be nearly impssible for Miami to win if he doesnt elevate his game. With that being said I expect him to step up big time in the Finals like he did last year.

Chavacano
06-12-2012, 02:01 PM
This is going to be war.
So happy the West won the All Star game.

You high, bro? :eyebrow:

bucketss
06-12-2012, 02:05 PM
Somebody call LeBron's mama. He's about to be ***** slapped 4 times on his arse and on out of the playoffs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tpeec1P5TWs

:yawn:

DODGERS&LAKERS
06-12-2012, 02:08 PM
Very excited for this game. Is is 6pm yet? I don't know how you guys on the east can wait till 9pm. That's BS

Nikeman
06-12-2012, 02:17 PM
As far as match-ups are concerned,

I think Wade goes on Westbrook, Chalmers on Sef, LeBron on KD, Bosh on Ibaka and whoever starts at center on Perk.

While people say that Bosh will get shut-down by Ibaka, I have to disagree,

Ibaka faced in the playoffs,

Dirk, who averaged 27 ppg, so they by NO means shut-down Dirk.

Pau and Duncan are older and much less athletic, and do not have the mid-range shot that Bosh does.

PF's with Bosh's range give Ibaka trouble.

So I do think it will be a great series to watch.

Nikeman
06-12-2012, 02:19 PM
Very excited for this game. Is is 6pm yet? I don't know how you guys on the east can wait till 9pm. That's BS

It goes both ways bro,

at 9 PM everyone is off work, has eaten dinner and ready to just plonk on the couch and watch T.V...

At 6pm, many are just getting off work, need to start making dinner etc etc and may miss some game-time.

I personally think, living in Texas, and being Central is the best :D

gotoHcarolina52
06-12-2012, 02:22 PM
LeBron when asked how he feels about missing out on playing against Kobe in the Finals a few years ago:
"LeBron and Kobe? . . . I was disappointed that LeBron [versus] whoever it was didn't happen. I didn't give a damn if it was Kobe or not. Hey, listen, I understand it's LeBron and Durant -- that's you guys' storylines. I'm in the Finals so it doesn't matter. I don't care who it's against. It could be us against a college team or high school team."

bucketss
06-12-2012, 02:24 PM
Very excited for this game. Is is 6pm yet? I don't know how you guys on the east can wait till 9pm. That's BS

oh god i would miss almost the whole game if it started at 6

papipapsmanny
06-12-2012, 02:28 PM
Thunder are a better team. I would say the heat are more mature but they don't act that way.

Thunder in 5, maybe 6 if Westbrook just chucks up shots all day.

natelpete
06-12-2012, 02:35 PM
This is going to be war.
So happy the West won the All Star game.

You might want to check out the MLB forum.. And it's American and National, not East and West.

LakersIn5
06-12-2012, 02:46 PM
Heat in 5

Raps18-19 Champ
06-12-2012, 02:48 PM
I wonder how Spo sets up the starting 5. If the Heat play Battier, that allows Thabo to guard Lebron. Without Battier, Durant has to guard Lebron because Durant can't guard Wade.

Wade>You
06-12-2012, 02:53 PM
Top 3 things the Thunder can do to beat the Heat http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRQ41yvToKA

D12 fan
06-12-2012, 02:59 PM
Top 3 things the Thunder can do to beat the Heat http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRQ41yvToKA

lol classic.

D12 fan
06-12-2012, 03:01 PM
I think Miami steals this game tonight,OKC will be nervous first time playing in the finals,Miami has been here before,they will take advantage of the young Thunder in game1.

Mark my words.

still1ballin
06-12-2012, 03:01 PM
go thunder!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kashmir13579
06-12-2012, 03:54 PM
I'm ****ing excited! Please refs, stay out of this one. Don't ruin a could-be great series with your tick-tack momentum officiating.. Keep your grubby paws off..

DODGERS&LAKERS
06-12-2012, 04:02 PM
It goes both ways bro,

at 9 PM everyone is off work, has eaten dinner and ready to just plonk on the couch and watch T.V...

At 6pm, many are just getting off work, need to start making dinner etc etc and may miss some game-time.

I personally think, living in Texas, and being Central is the best :D


oh god i would miss almost the whole game if it started at 6

It's called DVR guys.:) Its awesome! I purposely come home late just so I can be half hour to 45 minutes behind the live action. That way I can fast forward through the doodle jump commercials and have non stop action for about an hour. I sometimes even fast forward the parts where my team is getting their @$$ whipped. :D I seen about 2 minutes of game one vs the Thunder and fast forwarded it straight to the end. Just make sure you don't read any text or listen to any sports radio before you get home. And I wouldn't have it any other way. I could not fathom staying up past midnite just to see my team lose. I could not go to bed after that. And vice versa, if they win, I would be too excited to sleep.

Jays Claw
06-12-2012, 04:14 PM
I'm taking the Thunder in 6.

KB-Pau-DH2012
06-12-2012, 04:32 PM
It's called DVR guys.:) Its awesome! I purposely come home late just so I can be half hour to 45 minutes behind the live action. That way I can fast forward through the doodle jump commercials and have non stop action for about an hour. I sometimes even fast forward the parts where my team is getting their @$$ whipped. :D I seen about 2 minutes of game one vs the Thunder and fast forwarded it straight to the end. Just make sure you don't read any text or listen to any sports radio before you get home. And I wouldn't have it any other way. I could not fathom staying up past midnite just to see my team lose. I could not go to bed after that. And vice versa, if they win, I would be too excited to sleep.

You skip the doodle jump commercials?

Maaaan, that's messed up.

:laugh:

D12 fan
06-12-2012, 04:43 PM
You skip the doodle jump commercials?

Maaaan, that's messed up.

:laugh:

KD that's messed up.

PC
06-12-2012, 04:56 PM
I'm taking the Heat in either 6 or 7

willabeast77
06-12-2012, 05:37 PM
Miami should start Bosh.

NYMetros
06-12-2012, 05:43 PM
I'm taking the Heat in 6.

godolphins
06-12-2012, 05:45 PM
I see OKC winning game one.

Hawkize31
06-12-2012, 05:55 PM
Are there any Thunder fans on this site that live in Oklahoma?

No, there is no internet in Oklahoma. Noone there is smart enough to use it.

I'm hoping the Heat win so the haters get off Lebrons junk, but I have no idea who will win this series.

Rain City
06-12-2012, 06:03 PM
I am not a MIA fan but I think they will pull it out, the fact that they dont have the added pressure of being favored and can play all out aggressive is more comfortable....

Lebron is an all time great basketball player, he is destined to win a championship, i think this series puts the icing on a brilliant career.

Rivera
06-12-2012, 06:14 PM
We got 2 of the biggest heat fans in OKC tonight...monty mccutchen and ed malloy

Rigged.

D12 fan
06-12-2012, 06:16 PM
We got 2 of the biggest heat fans in OKC tonight...monty mccutchen and ed malloy

Rigged.

Stop it.:facepalm:

Rivera
06-12-2012, 06:25 PM
Skip n SAS are in OKC for the game i hope there involved in the pregame show/halftime show/postgame show somehow and at least make espns nba coverage somewhat entertaining

xxplayerxx23
06-12-2012, 06:26 PM
thunder in 6, I could see this going either way, thunder must protect HC for the first 2 games

xxplayerxx23
06-12-2012, 06:27 PM
Some of you act like miami is the only one thats ganna get calls, Durant westy and harden will get plenty

Wade>You
06-12-2012, 06:39 PM
https://p.twimg.com/AvNu0yuCEAAVIyh.jpg

Wade>You
06-12-2012, 06:45 PM
Tonight's officials:
Ed Malloy
Games officiated: 61
Home team W/L: 41-20
Last 10 Thunder: 10-0
Last 10 Miami: 6-4


Monty McCutchen
Games officiated: 65
Home team W/L: 45-20
Last 10 Thunder: 8-2
Last 10 Miami: 5-5


Derrick Stafford
Games officiated: 62
Home team W/L: 42-20
Last 10 Thunder: 8-2
Last 10 Miami: 6-4

God bless the Heat.

Don't worry, guys: I won't be watching the game nor will I be on PSD.

Tabbert
06-12-2012, 06:46 PM
Miami struggled with Indiana, and Boston, I am not sure they could even beat the spurs,let alone the thunder. Miami is a complete reality show/ circus, so much drama, headlines, after every game they play. OKC just goes out there with a business approach, they do all the right things, say all the right things, don't make headlines, they just go out and take care of business.

With Miami, its always... which lebron will show up? witch dwade will show up? will the bench show up? with the thunder, you know what your going to get. Thunder wont lose at home.. so i say they win this series in 6.

xxplayerxx23
06-12-2012, 06:49 PM
tonight's officials:

God bless the heat.

Don't worry, guys: I won't be watching the game nor will i be on psd.

rigged

69centers
06-12-2012, 06:52 PM
OKC takes game 1 and the series in 5.

Dankster
06-12-2012, 06:53 PM
This is a bad matchup for the Heat. The Thunder have a legitimate frontcourt presence--Lebron and Wade aren't going to be able to drive into the paint at will with Ibaka, Perkins and Collison all waiting down there.

It can also be argued that OKC's big three works just as well if not better than Miami's trio. I have OKC in 6, they're a much deeper team than the Heat and much stronger on the front line.

I'd favor Miami over every other team in the league except the Thunder.

Master Mind
06-12-2012, 06:58 PM
Tonight's officials:


Ed Malloy
Games officiated: 61
Home team W/L: 41-20
Last 10 Thunder: 10-0
Last 10 Miami: 6-4


Monty McCutchen
Games officiated: 65
Home team W/L: 45-20
Last 10 Thunder: 8-2
Last 10 Miami: 5-5


Derrick Stafford
Games officiated: 62
Home team W/L: 42-20
Last 10 Thunder: 8-2
Last 10 Miami: 6-4

God bless the Heat.

Don't worry, guys: I won't be watching the game nor will I be on PSD.

:ohno:

SportsAndrew25
06-12-2012, 07:05 PM
This is the series that basketball fans waited for. I am so excited about this.

fadedmario
06-12-2012, 07:15 PM
Heat in 6

DeRaptor95
06-12-2012, 07:21 PM
OKC does not have a dominant Backcourt which is miami's weakness

SportsAndrew25
06-12-2012, 07:29 PM
I think the Heat will win because they are battle tested and they will be able to fight the pressure.

Wade>You
06-12-2012, 07:30 PM
We got 2 of the biggest heat fans in OKC tonight...monty mccutchen and ed malloy

Rigged.LoL what an ignorant fan you are.

Tonight's officials:
Ed Malloy
Games officiated: 61
Home team W/L: 41-20
Last 10 Thunder: 10-0
Last 10 Miami: 6-4


Monty McCutchen
Games officiated: 65
Home team W/L: 45-20
Last 10 Thunder: 8-2
Last 10 Miami: 5-5


Derrick Stafford
Games officiated: 62
Home team W/L: 42-20
Last 10 Thunder: 8-2
Last 10 Miami: 6-4

justinnum1
06-12-2012, 07:33 PM
omg ed malloy (http://cache.ohinternet.com/images/thumb/2/2d/Trollface_HD.png/618px-Trollface_HD.png)

anyone who says ed malloy is pro heat is an idiot, he is por home team, cant wait for this game to start

SportsAndrew25
06-12-2012, 07:33 PM
https://p.twimg.com/AvNu0yuCEAAVIyh.jpgis that flag, rigged?

SportsAndrew25
06-12-2012, 07:34 PM
omg ed malloy (http://cache.ohinternet.com/images/thumb/2/2d/Trollface_HD.png/618px-Trollface_HD.png)

ed malloy loves to give home court calls lol:laugh2:

beasted86
06-12-2012, 07:35 PM
LoL what an ignorant fan you are.

Tonight's officials:

:burn:
Owned.

Rigged.

Tabbert
06-12-2012, 07:36 PM
I think the Heat will win because they are battle tested and they will be able to fight the pressure.

OKC is not battle tested? i guess making it to the western conference finals two years in a row doesn't qualify as " battle tested" .

Wade>You
06-12-2012, 07:37 PM
It'll be sad if the Thunder don't win this game.

sjbirds
06-12-2012, 07:54 PM
okc by 15 tonight and win in 6

ChitownBears22
06-12-2012, 07:56 PM
Heat heat heat

DaSeba5
06-12-2012, 07:59 PM
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/177703_3399358269428_110622333_o.jpg

DaSeba5
06-12-2012, 07:59 PM
If Miami is to win in OKC, this is the game to do it.

justinnum1
06-12-2012, 08:03 PM
If Miami is to win in OKC, this is the game to do it.

great sig, love mcadoo

LA_Raiders
06-12-2012, 08:06 PM
OKC are a hell of a team... They win in 6 games...

justinnum1
06-12-2012, 08:08 PM
#HEATFinals: @MiamiHEAT #WhiteHot Finals Gm 1 Starters vs @okcthunder: @KingJames, @ShaneBattier, @ThisIsUD, @DwyaneWade, @MChalmers15.

BOSH coming off the bench

PraiseTheKing23
06-12-2012, 08:09 PM
I can just feel it. I've been watching LeBron since he was a rookie and I've never seen him be on his game like this. OKC will get blown out. Nobody in the West can prepare them for playing LeBron, plus Wade too.

ChitownBears22
06-12-2012, 08:09 PM
BOSH coming off the bench

Interesting. Maybe Spo has seen something the last couple games.

Raps18-19 Champ
06-12-2012, 08:11 PM
Cool.

Why you praising Marcus Thornton though?

DaSeba5
06-12-2012, 08:13 PM
It's worked so far. We'll see if it works in this series.

ChitownBears22
06-12-2012, 08:15 PM
It's worked so far. We'll see if it works in this series.

I just want to get out to a fast start. Hopefully get Battier going early. I'm expecting a multiple charge game from him defensively.

DaSeba5
06-12-2012, 08:15 PM
IDK what he'll do, but I feel like if Miami is going to lose the Finals, it won't be because of LeBron. It will be because OKC is the better team.

LA_Raiders
06-12-2012, 08:16 PM
lol

DaSeba5
06-12-2012, 08:16 PM
I just want to get out to a fast start. Hopefully get Battier going early. I'm expecting a multiple charge game from him defensively.

Battier needs to hit a open 3 early in the game to set the tone.

jrm2054
06-12-2012, 08:17 PM
this isn't a dupe or troll lol

PraiseTheKing23
06-12-2012, 08:17 PM
Cool.

Why you praising Marcus Thornton though?

Because Thornton is a boss.

WadeKobe
06-12-2012, 08:20 PM
LeBron had possibly the greatest ECF in NBA history in 2009, and his team still lost. Let us not get ahead of ourselves with this "OKC will get blown out" nonsense. They're a great team. We've got 3 great players and a great defense. It's a great matchup. No one is getting blown out. If the Heat's role players don't make shots, the Heat will lose... plain and simple. I could care less what LeBron does.

jrm2054
06-12-2012, 08:21 PM
jimmy kimmel live is funny with the skype thing

tcav701
06-12-2012, 08:21 PM
This dude doesnt even know LeBrons number.

Go away.

justinnum1
06-12-2012, 08:22 PM
lol

jrm2054
06-12-2012, 08:28 PM
half hour till tip

Punk
06-12-2012, 08:33 PM
Let's goooo

Driven
06-12-2012, 08:35 PM
This has a chance to be one of the best series ever. Can't wait!

D12 fan
06-12-2012, 08:36 PM
Big Magic Johnson fan,but he is a horrible analyst,dude can barely talk straight.

MiamiWadeCounty
06-12-2012, 08:38 PM
This has a chance to be one of the best series ever. Can't wait!

If it goes to 7 games, it can really define the next era of basketball post-Kobe, Shaq, Duncan, KG.

DaSeba5
06-12-2012, 08:40 PM
The wait is killing me. I'm so pumped for this game.

MTL_123
06-12-2012, 08:41 PM
**** man this wait is killing me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LJEATON26
06-12-2012, 08:41 PM
WOOHOOOO!!! This is gonna be a bad *** series!

Punk
06-12-2012, 08:43 PM
Just start the game already lol