The Miami Heat are the new favorite to win the NBA finals after beating the Oklahoma City Thunder in game three at home.
At least that’s what you’d think if you drove to work listening to ESPN radio this morning.
The Human Bowtie, Bruce Bowen, went on Mike and Mike in the morning to give his updated predictions for the finals, and said the Heat would close out the Thunder in five games.
Talk about taking overreacting to the next level. After game one, almost everyone on that network was ready to declare the Thunder champions for the next five years.
Still, OKC is in a spot of bother after losing two straight games and giving away home court advantage.
If the Thunder can steal one game in Miami, they’d still go back to Oklahoma needing two straight wins for a championship.
Before they can think about that, though, Kevin Durant and co. need to realize a few things:
1. The Thunder are not going to win another game if Westbrook continues to shoot 44 percent from the field. I don’t care if he doesn’t want to change his game; If he wants to win a championship, he will change it. Oh, and four assists isn’t going to get the job done either.
2. Kevin Durant needs to get to the line more than four times. Take a page out of LeBron’s book and attack him. Make him play defense.
3. James Harden has to be James Harden. 2-10 is not going to get it done.
4. THE MIAMI HEAT CANNOT SHOOT JUMPERS! Run a zone for a fifth of the game! Over-rotate on LeBron, Wade, and Bosh to cut off their path if you have too! Make Miami’s collection of misfit toys beat you in the lane and force its big three to settle for jumpers! It’s nothing short of mind-boggling to me that almost every team Miami plays goes man for the full 48 minutes.
We’ll see if Oklahoma City can even things up on Tuesday, but if they don’t recognize those things I mentioned above, Bruce Bowen might not be too far off.