Originally Posted by El-Gonzo Jackson
OKC looks inexperienced and confused at times, not getting back in transition or getting to the glass. They have become the jump shooting team that is living or dying by the jumpshot and Harden could not hit water from a boat.
Agreed. The Thunder definitely have some issues to work on if they hope to make it back to their home city with a chance for the title still intact. I'm actually quite surprised at their poor rebounding, which the Heat struggled with last year against bigger or more physical teams. But even with Ibaka, Perkins, and Collison on the floor, the Heat have been outrebounding in the last 3 games, in large part thanks to Bosh (how big has he been making 'winning plays', as Van Gundy would say) and James. Despite how well the Thunder are capable of hitting the jump shots, they are better when they are not forced into playing that game, and the Heat have for the most part done a pretty good job forcing their hand in that regard. Westbrook almost singlehandedly made them pay though, admittedly. I think another big factor in the last 3 games has been the Heat cleaning up their own transition defense, which was a struggle for them early in the series.