The Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-106 on Thursday night to win their first championship with the Big 3, Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. The Heat used a big 3rd quarter run to pull away from Oklahoma City, and once the Thunder were down, they took many ill-advised shots to prevent them from getting back into the game. The Heat were led by Lebron James, who had his first triple-double of the playoffs. He was great on both offence and defence. He kept Kevin Durant in check and Russell Westbrook had a poor game and a poor series.
Even though Lebron is the story here, he would not have been able to do it without some help from role players. In Game 5, Mike Miller came through with 7 3′s off the bench. In previous games, Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers have provided much-needed sparks. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh combined for 44 points in Game 5.
Before this series, I said that Miami coach Erik Spoelstra should be fired. Although I still don’t think he is a good coach and that the talent, not coaching, led Miami to this championship, he did outcoach Scott Brooks in the finals. Once the Thunder went down by 20 points in Game 5, they should not have been out of the game, but Brooks had them taking too many 3 pointers and not looking for good, quality shots. Despite this, the Thunder will be an excellent, championship-contending team for years, and they will likely be the favorites to win the championship next season. The Thunder were clearly not prepared for this series and this stage, but they will be back next year and they will be ready to win.
Now I will like to talk about Lebron James, who finally won his first NBA championship. I would like to congratulate him. He played like an MVP in the finals and did not choke like many predicted. He did not look like the Lebron of last year’s finals and, aside from the fourth quarter of Game 1, he was clutch. Lebron should enjoy this championship, but he will need to win a few more before he gets any comparisons to great players. He will likely meet this OKC team again in the near future and he should expect them to be more prepared the next time he faces them on this stage.
How do the NBA finals relate to the Brooklyn Nets? With Durant and Westbrook locked up for many years, this Thunder team should be favorites to come out of the west until further notice. Hopefully Deron Williams will see this and think, “maybe I shouldn’t go to Dallas. Miami only has a few good years left and then the east will be wide open (with the exception of Chicago).” He may decide to come to Brooklyn because of an easier path to the finals.