The Oklahoma City Thunder held serve in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, defeating the Miami Heat 105-94 at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The big stories (and not incorrectly so) are:
- Dwyane Wade's 7-19 shooting for 19 points is to blame for the Heat's loss.
- LeBron James's passivity early in the 4th quarter is partially to blame for the Heat's anemic offense the last twelve minutes of the game.
- Kevin Durant's blistering 4th quarter performance (17 pts) won the game for the Thunder.
Strategically, however, there were several silent factors that permitted these stories to develop. Here are five of those factors and how the Heat can adjust to win Game 2 (it may not be as hard as it looks):