Who's to Blame for Miami Heat's Game 1 Loss?
The Miami Heat led for much of the game and certainly had their chances. They shot a healthy 42 percent from three-point land (8-of-19), and Shane Battier poured in a surprising 17 points. Their defense also managed to contain foul-magnet James Harden to the tune of five points.
Still, Dwyane Wade's offense simply did not click all night, and got effectively torched by Kevin Durant on the defensive end. Perhaps he's still injured, but his shot selection was curious.
Wade launched 13 shots from outside of the paint, and finished the night with a 7-of-19 mark. He even tried two three-pointers, something the career 29 percent three-point shooter should almost never do. The 19 points on 19 shots doesn't even do justice to how poor Wade's game felt, since he hit three late buckets after the contest was largely in hand for the Thunder.
The Heat have much to work on. Defending Kevin Durant will be an incredible obstacle, and slowing OKC's transition attack will be a chore. But, better shot selection from Wade will certainly go a long way in helping Miami's cause.
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