NBA Finals 2012: 5 Keys to Oklahoma City Getting Win in Miami

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NBA Finals 2012: 5 Keys to Oklahoma City Getting Win in Miami
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Two games are in the books: the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled in Game 1, and the Miami Heat burned Oklahoma City early and stole Game 2.

In a series that features the best two players in the world, scoring champion Kevin Durant and league MVP LeBron James, the story lines are readily apparent. Both players have been exceptional in the first two games of the NBA Finals, scoring at least 30 points in each game.

Beyond the scoring output of the two premier players in the series, another consistent theme in Games 1 and 2 has been Miami torching the Thunder early in the first quarter. The Heat led 29-22 in the very first quarter of the series and then led 27-15 after the first 12 minutes in Game 2.

Although OKC has battled back in both games and proved to be a resilient team, it's difficult to beat the Heat in a 36-minute game after spotting them twelve points.

Home-court advantage is incredibly important in the NBA, and nowhere is the advantage greater than in Oklahoma City. However, Miami's victory in Game 2 changes the entire complexion of the series.

With the next three games taking place in Miami, the Thunder now need to win a game on the road to keep their Championship hopes alive.

Oklahoma City's coaching adjustments to both scheme and personnel, as well as the mental toughness of their key players, will be vital if this series is going to head back to OKC for a Game 6. The young Thunder have passed all tests when facing adversity so far, but one question still needs to be answered:

What must happen for the Thunder to beat the Heat in Miami?

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