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NBA Playoffs 2012: Why Fans Should Hope for Heat vs. Thunder Final

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 31:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts in the third quarter while taking on the San Antonio Spurs in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on May 31, 2012 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
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Chris TrapassoAnalyst IJune 2, 2012

The Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder are so athletically jaw-dropping, so tremendously skilled, long and loaded with incredible shot-making ability, all basketball fans should be rooting for these teams to clash in the NBA Finals.

There's no other way to put it.

Both clubs can put on exquisite exhibitions of speed, power and graceful attacking nature every night—the Thunder did in their must-have Game 3 victory as did the Heat in Game 2. 

Miami was challenged by a virtuoso performance by Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo who poured in 44 points.

They needed every ounce of Dwyane Wade's otherworldly finishing prowess to win in overtime.

The Thunder were thoroughly outperformed in the first two games against the Spurs and couldn't get in sync on the road.

But in Game 3, a game they desperately needed, their size and transition genius led to an astounding and loud statement victory. 

No disrespect is meant to the Celtics or Spurs, two fine teams, and actually, anyone who thinks San Antonio isn't fun to watch is crazy. 

However, no two teams embody the new age of more street-style NBA basketball where one-on-one basketball is more revered than back-door cuts quite like the Thunder and Heat.

Stay calm, basketball purists.

Give the up-tempo, transition-happy Heat and Thunder a chance. Accept their style of play as modern day hardwood eloquence. 

What Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, LeBron Wade and Wade can do with a basketball in their hands can't be done by many other humans on the planet. 

Their all capable of lockdown defense, too. 

While we've grown accustom to the awe-inspiring offensive efficiency of the Spurs and Celtics over the last few years, it's time for basketball fans to be entranced by the individual brilliance of the Heat and Thunder as they collide for an NBA crown. 

 

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