This finals series might have the best one-on-one match-up since Larry Bird versus Magic Johnson in the 80’s. LeBron James versus Kevin Durant is definitely the main attraction heading into these finals with them being the two best players in the NBA. One 23 year old 3-time scoring champ against a 28 year old 3-time MVP both fighting to win their first NBA championship. Match-up wise this should be a great series with Russell Westbrook, Dwyane Wade, Serge Ibaka, Chis Bosh, & James Harden filling the bill.
When Chris Bosh got injured in the first game of the second round against the Indiana Pacers the Miami Heat began to look average and beatable but ever since then LeBron James has proven why he’s a 3-time MVP and a future Hall-Of-Famer by averaging 30 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists. Down 3-2 to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, LeBron James finally got some assistance from the other 2 members of the Miami Heat’s Big Three with the return of Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade finally make contributions. In game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals the Big Three of the Heat combined for 73 points and ended the game scoring the Heat’s last 29 points, if they can take that execution and precision to the NBA Finals I would not be surprised to see them win the franchises second NBA title.
After sweeping the Dallas Mavericks and dominating the Los Angeles Lakers in 5 games the Oklahoma City Thunder found themselves in danger of losing in the Western Conference Finals to the San Antonio Spurs by being down 2-0 but the 3-time scoring champion; Kevin Durant, decided to takeover the series with a few Jordan-like performances and he carried his team to 4 straight wins en-route to the franchise first NBA Finals series since moving from Seattle to OKC. With the Thunder losing game 2 to the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals after their Big Three (Durant, Westbrook, & Harden) scored 88 points the role players knew it was time for them to step up & contribute and they did so with Thabo Sefolosha having a 19 point game, Serge Ibaka have a 26 point game, and Kendrick Perkins having a 15 point game.
I think this will be a 7 game series in favor of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Although I believe the Thunder has better role players and is a deeper team the true reason why I chose them is because of their home court advantage and that they are still undefeated at home in the playoffs. The Miami Heat’s only chance of winning this series is to beat the Thunder on their home court and I don’t believe they can.