It started out pretty well for the Heat: LeBron James was throwing down dunks, Shane Battier was hitting 3s, and the Thunder were having difficulty making shots. Then, gradually, without a real turning point, the Thunder came back and won. You might blame Dwyane Wade for his subpar performance. You might blame James for scoring only seven points in the fourth quarter. You could say that the Thunder's role players really stepped up. We just think it's a matter of one great team temporarily being better than another great team. Sounds like a good thing for the series to come.
LeBron or Wade?
Dwyane Wade managed just 19 points, but many point to LeBron James not stepping up in the fourth as the reason for the Heat's loss.
Should LeBron defend Durant?
Defending an offensive Swiss army knife like Kevin Durant is no small task, but it might be worth it for LeBron if it means fewer points for the Thunder.
Should Durant defend LeBron?
By the same token, defending LeBron James is a nightmare. The Thunder started with Durant but moved Thabo Sefolosha and others on James as the game progressed.
Sefolosha, Nick Collison and Derek Fisher all came up with big plays when it counted in Game 1.