Yet, as Durant has said continually, this year is all about Oklahoma City (39-13) winning the NBA title. And that may mean confronting the Heat once again.
In last year’s NBA Finals, after Oklahoma City won the opening salvo, Miami battered, bruised and beat up the Thunder for the next four games on its way to winning the championship.
In the team’s first encounter this year, once again, it was the Heat who came away the winner and have now won five straight against the Thunder.
That is what makes today’s contest so crucial. While Oklahoma City has seemingly proven to be mentally tough enough to win an NBA title, it needs to erase any seed of doubt that it can’t beat Miami if the two were to meet in the finals.
The Heat enter the matchup winners of six straight and it’s been more than James. Dwayne Wade is back to the form that once had him being consideration for the best player in the NBA. When healthy, Chris Bosh has also played at an all-star level.
The Thunder are coming off an ugly loss to Utah on Tuesday and will enter tonight’s game angry and upset. That may be the exact attitude they will need to overtake their nemesis from South Beach.
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