1.) Run. The Heat’s half court offense was ugly in Game 1 and the Thunder are now a better defensive team led by Thabo Sefolosha up to Nick Collison. It’s probably Erik Spoelstra’s fault for the bad plays in the half-court, but nevertheless, the Heat must “try” to outrun and over power (Hi LeBron and D-Wade) the Thunder.
2.) Prevent scoring droughts. In Game 1 the Thunder didn’t get their first lead of the game until the later part of the 3rd quarter and once the Thunder go on a run, it’s pretty hard to stop them. The Heat have had problems on the offensive end and if plays don’t work out and there’s a disruption, I expect anyone of the Big 3 to make a one-on-one play.
3.) Silence the crowd. How? Defend, Score, defend, score, and defend, score . It’s easy for me to say because I’m not guarding the 3-time scoring champion and the overpowering Russell Westbrook, but above all that, the Heat’s offense must be productive and on the defensive end they must stay active.
4.) The Big 3 must be efficient. One of the Big 3 must score at least 25+ points, the other with at least 20+ points, and the last one with at least 16+ points. Doesn’t matter who it is as long as those are the numbers that come up. If they can’t do that, the role players (1 or 2) MUST be in double-digits. However, if LeBron goes off again, STAY AWAY.
5.) Three point shooting. Mike Miller has to get his shooting back as Battier has already been in full rhythm since the Eastern Conference Finals. Chalmers hasn’t been doing that bad as he has been more aggressive inside. But most of all, for crying out loud, let James Jones play. The guy won a three point shooting contest so he basically is your best shooter. And yes, I’m speaking to Mr. Spoelstra.
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