Heat Take Game 4 in the Finals; Thunder Need to Rally

It pains me to say this, but the Miami Heat are one game away from clinching the NBA Championship title. They lead the series 3-1 after they topped the OKC Thunder 104-98 in Game 4 and with the 2-3-2 format of the NBA Finals they have another home game for Game 5, all the odds are in their favor.

Here are some memorable moments from Game 4: 

  1. This little lady, Julia Dale, sang the National Anthem at last night’s game and man does she have some pipes for an 11-year-old. Don’t be fooled, this isn’t Julia’s first rodeo, she sang the anthem during the 2011 NBA Finals as well and received a standing ovation from the crowd.
  2. In general, people don’t like the Heat because of their attitudes and diva-like habits. Dwyane Wade embraced stereotypical Heat behavior when he “injured” his back on a nicely braced fall, hobbled off the court holding his back, and was back in the game bouncing around within seconds. FAKER. Wade finished with 25 points on 19 shots, five rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks.
  3. The West’s favorite fashion forward point guard has a brag and boo for Game 4. Russell Westbrook’s explosive 43-point performance in Game 4 ranks up there as one of the best in recent NBA Finals history (brag). Unfortunately, I think the majority of fans will remember his lapse of awareness in the finals seconds that cost the Thunder a chance to tie the game and sealed the deal for Miami (boo). Since 1985, only three players have scored more points in the finals and the list includes: Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson and Shaquille O’Neal. That’s an elite bunch if you ask me.
  4. King James had a king cramp in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. Why was Bron Bron so dehydrated? Can’t handle the Heat? Or was he out at the clubs partying too hard? Regardless, watching Lebron sit on his little blue mat to stretch at the end of the game gave me a chuckle. James led Miami with 26 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds.
  5. The Heat’s Mario Chalmers had one of the best games of his career; coming up big when it mattered most. Chalmers had a post-season high scoring19 of his 25 points in the second half, 12 of them coming in the fourth quarter when Lebron was struggling with his man cramps.

It’s not very likely that the Thunder will come back from being down 3-1 in the NBA Finals to claim the crown, but hopefully they put up a decent fight in Game 5. I’d like to see at least one more game in Oklahoma City before this series is over. Make’em work!

2 thoughts on “Heat Take Game 4 in the Finals; Thunder Need to Rally

  1. Great points and nice little “heat” puns here and there. The Heat are the better team right now because other players are stepping up like Chalmers, Battier, James Jones and Norris Cole. The Thunder don’t have another guy capable of doing this outside and Harden, Durant and Westbrook. Sefolosha should be stricken to defense, Collison is an energy player but cannot create for himself, Fisher is well a 37 year Derick Fisher….and that’s it really. Ibaka and Perkins have not done their job well and even with Ibaba’s highlight blocks they are like Deandre Jordan’s highlight dunks; just highlights and not much consistency otherwise. Every contest cant be a block and playing consistently good defense and stopping easy buckets as well as rebounding will really help the ailing Thunder. Scott Brooks’ decisions with Collison’s playing time didn’t help either. The Heat look to be 48 minutes away from an NBA champion. follow @marcusfelton, blog:basketballdialogue.wordpress.com

  2. I think you write your articles with such finesse that it lets one visualize the game or situation with ones eyes closed! As for the little comic remarks here and there towards the Miami Heat , (Lebron in general), well that is ones way of trying to relieve ones frustration, especially when their home team did not live up to their expectations! If Lebron was playing for their team, (Chicago Bulls), that would have been a different story written in “High Definition”! The haters throughout the U.S. seemed to go with the opposing team in the finals that Miami played just in envy. Well Don’t Be a Hater of the” Champion Miami Heat”, but hate your under striving home teams!

    Stay Safe your Florida Cousin

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