Just a couple of post-game notes. LeBron is hoping for a better defensive stance on Kevin Durant after Durant exploded in the 4th to help the Thunder beat the Heat.
Kevin Durant scored a game-high 36 points, including 17 in the fourth quarter, as Oklahoma City rallied to beat the Heat 105-94 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
“KD got a couple looks that we don’t like,” LeBron James said. “He had two transition threes that we gave up where he had nobody on him, and he had a couple jumpers that we didn’t like either, with nobody on him. We need to make adjustments. We will make adjustments.”
Shane Battier was assigned to defend Durant, with help designed to come from James.
“No, it wasn’t my choice,” said James, who spent the majority of the game matched up with Kendrick Perkins. “It was a suggestion that Spo [coach Erik Spoelstra] brought up, and I thought it was good early on for us. It gave us an opportunity to switch a lot of pick-and-rolls. … Whatever the case may be, we had a good game plan to start the game.”
Chris Bosh wants the Heat to forgo jump shots in favor of aggressive drives to the basket in Game 2.
“We have to do a better job of executing our offense,” Bosh said. “Sometimes we have to attack the rim, because if you’re not making shots and you’re shooting jumper after jumper, (Oklahoma City) is getting out in the open court, and that’s what they do.”
Dwyane Wade missed 12-of-19 shots in Miami’s Game 1 loss.
“We’ll get him opportunities to attack,” Erik Spoelstra said of Wade. “He had a couple of good opportunities to get into the paint there in the fourth, a couple of them he wasn’t able to convert. But he was aggressive in that quarter, and so we’ll try to get him in places where he can continue to be aggressive.”
Yeah, that makes sense. Thunder on the break is a scary thing. Another thing also is turnovers. The Heat took care of the ball early on but they had a string on bad shots and turnovers that resulted in Thunder fast breaks. Westbrook, Durant, and a few other Thunder players are scary on the break. If you miss a shot, you’ve got to get back on “D” when dealing with the Thunder. I’m reminded of my Sixers but the Thunder are better than the Sixers on the break in my opinion. I love my Sixers.