Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Miami Heat: Previewing Game 4

Joseph BisacciaCorrespondent IJune 18, 2012

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 17:  (L-R) Kevin Durant #35 and LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat look on in the seocnd half of 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)
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The NBA Finals have been nothing but spectacular thus far. In Game 3, the Miami Heat found a way to win and take a 2-1 series lead. The Heat now will prepare themselves for what will likely be two more decisive games in Miami.

Game 3 was a little different than the first two. The Oklahoma City Thunder did not particularly struggle early on as they did in the beginning on the series. Regardless, Kevin Durant got into foul trouble and the Thunder lost the game.

The Thunder's defense has been somewhat suspect in this series. At first, they struggled to guard the 3-point shot. Last night they left Chris Bosh wide open for easy dunks and layups near the basket.

Game 4 is a make or break game for the Thunder. There is a reason that the no team in NBA history has come back to win the Finals after going down 3-1.  If they win, the series is tied and it turns into a best-of-three series.

For Miami to win this game they must do several things. LeBron James needs to continue to be physical and try to get Durant in foul trouble. They need Bosh to play well and make an impact on defense, and they need Dwyane Wade to play like the star that he is. If the Heat can do that and get a little help from their bench, they will be one win away from a championship.

For Oklahoma City to win this game they must make several adjustments. They need to keep Durant out of foul trouble to start. They need Russell Westbrook and James Harden to have big games and outscore the Heat's big three. If they can do that it will be a tied series.

Game 4 is scheduled for Tuesday at 9 pm. It will be the deciding game in the series in my opinion. The team that can find a way to pull it off will go on to win the NBA championship.


I know the Heat are playing really well, but I love this Thunder team. I just don't see them losing three games in a row. I think Durant finds a way to will his team to victory.

Thunder 104 Heat 101