Jun 20, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (left) talks to shooting guard Dwyane Wade (right) during practice before game five of the 2012 NBA Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

NBA Finals Game Five Preview: Can Miami Heat Close Out?

Oklahoma City Thunder  vs  Miami Heat

 (Heat Lead Series 3-1)

 

How Miami Wins the Game

This is exactly the position the Heat wanted to be in with a close out game tonight in Miami.  With as well as they’re playing, it looks like they will be able to take care of the Thunder tonight, Lebron James has a great game, and some haters can get off his back.  It’s almost too easy to predict.  This is probably the type of game that Lebron James can get critics off his back if he comes out strong and finishes with 30 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists or something along those lines.  This is the game that all those people will think that James has to come out and carry Miami to a win.

 

How Oklahoma City Wins the Game

The Thunder had things going in that first quarter, but then struggled the rest of the way. What was working so well then?  This is the game that Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant need to both have monster games.  Durant might have to pull off that type of game where he played the whole game against San Antonio, and even then they might not win.  That’s almost a testament to how well Miami has put together a game plan for this Thunder team.  Westbrook will need to get everyone involved and continue to get his own points.  The defense of the Thunder has to slow down Lebron James if they want a shot to stay in this one.

Prediction

I’m going to predict a Miami win in hopes that Oklahoma City proves me wrong. Usually my predictions don’t work out that well, so Miami should win this game by 5-10 points.  Playing at home in this close out game and with the threat of having to travel back to Oklahoma City for another game, I do think Miami will be the better team tonight.

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