The NBA Finals are off to a great start as expected. The two best teams are matched against each other, featuring the league’s best players, duos and trios. The most raucous crowd was excited to host their first finals game, and both the Heat and Thunder played impressive halves of basketball to maintain solid leads at various points during the game.
There were various things that happened in the game that may dictate the rest of the series, but overall, my opinion on the series has not changed. I have the Thunder winning in six, and I expect this to be a very competitive series.
I also do not expect LeBron James to freeze up and have a repeat performance of last year. He should play at an all-star level and be a factor in any Miami Heat win. He showed signs of overcoming his NBA Finals struggles today.
With that said, here are several reasons that this series will end up with the Miami Heat falling short again.