Heat vs. Thunder: 10 NBA Finals That Deserved Higher Ratings Than Game 1

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Heat vs. Thunder: 10 NBA Finals That Deserved Higher Ratings Than Game 1
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Since ABC acquired the right to broadcast the NBA Finals, no Game 1 has managed to drum up this level of interest. 

The first game of the should-be-epic series between the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder recorded the highest overnight rating since 2002-2003, with a rating of 11.8, up 10 percent from last year's 10.7. 

With LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden all battling it out, this should come as no surprise. 

The series features the two best players in basketball, a ton of other entertaining athletes and the best beard in the game. That should earn the ratings. 

However, these 10 NBA Finals from the past deserved higher ratings than this series opener. 

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