NBA Finals 2012 - Thunder @ Heat: Game 4
Both teams have lost a little grace in the pressure and spotlight of this years NBA Finals.
The Thunder has lost poise and has done underwhelming job from the free-throw line.
In a span of minutes, with a 10-point lead, the young Thunder lost their composure in game 3, fouling a pair of Miami three-point shooters and missing five free throws to all but hand the Heat the game. The Thunder, who showed so much poise throughout the playoffs, didn’t show it in Game 3.
The Thunder, who led the NBA by shooting 80.6 percent from the charity stripe during the season, shot 62.5 percent from the line Sunday night.
Yet the Heat, the team whose struggles down the stretch are common knowledge, knocked down an impressive 31-of-35 free throws and made plays late in the game when they had to.
Game 4 now turns into a must-win for the boys in blue.
Durant needs to stay out of Foul trouble in the 4th… Harden needs to put up at least 10 pts.. & everyone needs to make their GD Free-throws or the series won’t make it back to the West…
My mouth hasn’t shut up about you since you kissed it. The idea that you may kiss it again is stuck in my brain, which hasn’t stopped thinking about you since well before any kiss. And now the prospect of those kisses seems to wind me like when you slip on the stairs and one of the steps hits you in the middle of the back. The notion of them continuing for what is traditionally terrifying forever excites me to an unfamiliar degree.
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OKC put it on the Lakers last night in Game One of the Western Conference semis. The Thunder’s big three - Durant, Westbrook, & Harden combined for 69 points. As compared to just 50 for Kobe, Bynum, and Gasol.
The question on everyone’s mind after the manhandling is this: Do the Lakers really stand a chance against the Thunder?