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Can the Heat hold home court? [NBA Finals Game 3 Open Thread]

6/17/12 in NBA   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

The Miami Heat or the Oklahoma City Thunder -- who do you like tonight?

Jun 14 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA;  Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) grabs a rebound against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the third quarter of game two in the 2012 NBA Finals at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-US PRESSWIREAfter dropping Game 1, the Miami Heat stormed back in Game 2, then held on in the fourth quarter to even the 2012 NBA Finals at one game apiece and grasp home-court advantage. The series heads to Miami this evening where LeBron James and company will try and take two-games-to-one advantage.

James, who's play in the Finals has been questioned in the past, had his most defining NBA Finals performance in Game 2. Can he repeat in Game 3?

Speaking of defining performances, what might have been different had Kevin Durant's late shot dropped? Do you think he made the right decision? Had it fallen, how would that have impacted LeBron's immediate legacy?

And how might the Thunder responding after their five-game postseason winning streak was snapped. Some called for Oklahoma City to start James Harden, who has been the team's rock off the bench. Scott Brooks says he plans to continue using Harden as a sixth man -- we'll see if that is a mistake or not.

With those points, out of the way, have at it, folks. It should be fun -- and hopefully you enjoy switching back and forth between the NBA Finals and the US Open Finals. 
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6/17/12   |   Dream_Machine   |   13305 respect

Well There You Have It. Heat Had the Momentum And Win 91-85.

6/17/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

26-20 Miami after 1. Thunder had their first lead in the first half all series though!

6/17/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Russell Westbook is really, really struggling with his shot. OKC doesn't win this game, or series, if Westbrook keeps this up. 

6/17/12   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

If Russell Westbrook keeps trying to be the hero, this could get guy really quick for the Thunder.

6/17/12   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

Definitely looking forward to this game... I think the Heat will win, but the Thunder will steal at least one of the other 2 games in Miami.

6/17/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

I didn't link to it in the story, but you should check out Jnewman482's piece on LeBron James' role as a role model: http://www.faniq.com/blog/LeBron-James-Isnt-The-Best-Role-Model-But-We-Have-Had-Unfair-Expectations-Blog-50936