While the Game 3 loss must have been frustrating for Scott Brooks and crew, there were some good signs. OKC scored 70 points to Miami's 60 on field goals, meaning that the game hinged on free throws and fouls—a battle the Thunder usually win. In Game 3, the normally sharpshooting squad hit only 62 percent of their free throws. I don't expect to see that continue.
Kevin Durant has demonstrated another encouraging development for OKC. Well, of course, Kevin Durant himself is one big encouraging development, but I digress. Simply put, KD has shown that LeBron can't guard him. Aside from a stingy fourth quarter in Game 3, James has been getting torched by one of the few wing players who exceeds his height and reach. Since LeBron is an excellent defender, it bodes well for the Thunder that his powers are compromised here.
This series has been absurdly close. How close, you say? The combined score is Thunder 286 to Heat 285 so far. A few more James Harden buckets (he shot 2-of-10 on Sunday), and OKC could be in business again.