NBA FinalsDownload App

Game 4 Preview of 2012 NBA Finals, Mock Draft and Latest League Buzz (Podcast)

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 17:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat chases down a loose ball in the second half against James Harden #13 of the Oklahoma City Thunderin Game Three of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 17, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
Joel C. CordesNBA Associate EditorOctober 20, 2016

The Miami Heat have taken a punch, yet swung back harder. Will the Oklahoma City Thunder continue stumbling, or do they have another shot left?

In this episode of Bleacher Report's Basketball by Association, NBA Featured Columnist Joel C. Cordes and Assistant NBA Editor Ethan Norof discuss whether OKC can get its groove back in time for Game 4 of the 2012 NBA Finals

The guys also run an exciting "quick pick" NBA mock draft for the entire first round.

(If the embedded player fails to load, you can find the episode here.)

While Shane Battier and the Heat's bench are providing just enough scoring help, the Thunder need far bigger contributions from Serge Ibaka, Nick Collison and Thabo Sefolosha. Coach Scott Brooks also needs to expand his rotation and quicken the pace if the Thunder are to find a rhythm again.

Chris Bosh continues to provide much-needed grit as Dwyane Wade struggles to play with more efficiency. However, LeBron James should be silencing all his playoff critics with his three extraordinary games during the 2012 NBA Finals.

PORTLAND, OR - APRIL 23:  Brandon Roy #7 of the Portland Trail Blazers runs down court after making a shot to overcome a 23 point deficit to defeat the the Dallas Mavericks 84-82 in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoff
Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

Also on tap, debating how Phil Jackson will coach again and whether he unnecessarily insulted the New York Knicks by referring to them as "clumsy."

Will the Charlotte Bobcats get any better if their "best" coaching candidates are simply career assistants like Brian Shaw and Quin Snyder?

Finally, is Brandon Roy really returning to the NBA? Doesn't this seem too soon for Roy's ailing body? More importantly, doesn't this send the wrong message to the Portland Trail Blazers after he "retired" from the NBA just last year?

Basketball by Association is your final destination for all things NBA on Bleacher Report.

Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices