The Miami Heat looks to rebound Thursday night after suffering a loss in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
After failing to play with the same intensity in the second half as they did in the first, Miami will make the necessary adjustments to prepare for whatever the Thunder have in store for them.
Game 1 was not decided by schematics, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters. It was decided by force. It was decided by will. It was decided by energy. ... Both these teams have that ability. They imposed that on us and that's the reality.
Fueled by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, who combined for 63 points, the Oklahoma City Thunder pummeled the Heat during the second half of Game 1, and gained the momentum needed to capture the lead in the series.
Well, those guys, they came out on fire. They were passing the ball well, knocking down shots. We just wanted to continue to keep playing, Durant said. It's a long game, and every time our coach was just saying, 'Play harder, play harder,' and that's what we did.
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James, who came out in the first half with vigor, did not play to his expectations in the second half, and only scored seven points in the fourth quarter.
This is one game, James said. We'll make adjustments. This is going to be a long series. I'm not worried about the end of the series right now.
Virtually quiet all game, Dwayne Wade needs to have a big game on Thursday night.
I want to score more points, Wade said. I don't deal with the pressure of that. That's when you start thinking too much, too many questions start coming up in your mind, you start overanalyzing things.
I want to give my team more to give us an opportunity to win the series.
Troubled by his knee, Wade finished with only 17 points in Game 1.If the Heat has any chance of defeating the Thunder and tying up this series, Wade needs to play better.
Game 2 of the NBA Finals is set for Thursday night in Oklahoma City.
The Thunder displayed to the public the right way to play basketball in Game 1. They virtually capitalized on every mistake made by Miami, and executed the right plays, as a team, to get open looks for their scorers. Look for Westbrook to have another athletic performance and finish with at least a double-double. Durant will most likely play every minute of this game, and will continue to make the argument that he should have been named this year's MVP.
The Heat will put up a fight, but it won't be enough if they don't play for the entire game. Wade, sparked by his mediocre performance, will rebound effectively, and finish with big numbers. James will play well, but will not be enough to stop the Thunder. Oklahoma City will take a two game lead on their home court before going to Miami for Game 3.
Predicted Score: Thunder 102, Heat 98