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2012 NBA Finals: Thunder vs Heat (OK to bet)

Discussion in 'Professional Basketball' started by BB73, Jun 9, 2012.

  1. BB73

    BB73 Loves Buckeye History Staff Member Bookie '16 & '17 Upset Contest Winner

    An all-weather related Finals.
  2. 3074326

    3074326 Urban Legend

    Help us OKC, you're our only hope.
  3. WolverineMike

    WolverineMike Senior

    I hate the fact they switch the finals to a 2-3-2 system. That definitely favors OKC. The best scenario for Miami was stealing one of the first two, and then closing out IN Miami in Game 6. Now, with this system, I think OKC will win in 6. I just don't think Miami has the depth and this series is going to come down to bench play. I think both "big 3's" are going to kind of cancel each other out.
  4. buckeyesin07

    buckeyesin07 Veni. Vidi. Vici.

    Quit whining. OKC had the better record in the regular season. If Miami wanted to benefit from the 2-3-2, all they had to do what win another two games in the regular season.
  5. WolverineMike

    WolverineMike Senior

    :lol: Nobody is whining. That's why it's called "home court advantage." What I'm saying is even with the home court, I still liked Miami's chances better if it was a 2-2-1-1-1 scenario.

    I'll stand by OKC in 6.

    Lebron could be the new Jerry West and go to all these Finals and either win one in his twiglight or fall short.
  6. buckeyesin07

    buckeyesin07 Veni. Vidi. Vici.

    That's whining.
  7. Mike80

    Mike80 Avenge Woody

    I think Miami will close it out in 6.

    While OKC has a deeper bench, I think Wade's experience and Bosh's impact will be too much to overcome assuming LeBron doesn't shit the bed entirely. This will be the first finals for OKC, and I think nerves will affect them.

  8. OH10

    OH10 *

    I'm taking Miami in 5 or 6. I think people are underestimating the experience factor. Lebron is no longer the up-and-comer that the vets resent. He was and you could see anytime he played vets like Paul Pierce, they stepped up their game because they didn't want the young guy to take their spot.

    That's how I feel about Lebron vs. Durant. I think KD still acts a bit starstruck in Lebron's presence. LBJ, on the other hand, absolutely does not want to let the young guy lap him - similar to what he did to Derrick Rose last year. I think that will keep Lebron from quitting. I think he'll take over this series on both sides of the court and carry his team on his back.

    And it will royally piss me off.
  9. OHSportsFan

    OHSportsFan Fan of Ohio Sports in Indy


    3rd Finals in 9 years? LeBron is ready. :(
  10. Mac

    Mac That's a pain in the buns

    I'm going with OKC in 6. I think these guys will step up and shut down Miami. If you can take Lebron out of the game and/or force him to shoot jump shots you have a chance. If you let him take the ball to the hoop, he'll get his first ring :(
  11. WolverineMike

    WolverineMike Senior

    People discount Fisher and Perkins' experience. Both have rings and will probably help calm the younger guys down.

    I will be curious to see how much defense is played. Games in the 110's won't surprise me with as much as these two teams like to get up and down the court
  12. OH10

    OH10 *

    Miami is, first and foremost, a defensive team. They get a lot of their offense from forcing turnovers and getting in transition. This series will not be played in the 100s. If it is, bad sign for the Heat. OKC has more guys on their team that can create their own shot in the halfcourt and they can get out and run almost as well as Miami.

    Fisher? Really? I've give you Perk because he's historically intimidated Lebron from driving to the hoop.

    If you put all the starters, bench, and coaching side by side in this series, the edge would have to go to the Thunder. But this is Lebron's time. If he plays every moment of this series like he's capable, OKC can't win. And I expect that he will.
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  13. Mac

    Mac That's a pain in the buns

    We've said that every year. Come on, get off the Lebron train. I think he's a great player, but to say this is "his" time. I'm not sold on that (yet)
  14. OH10

    OH10 *

    Well, eventually it has to be his time, right?

    I keep hoping for "never", but I think the added incentive of not getting passed by Kevin Durant is what he needed motivationally. We'll see. Just making a prediction. Would love to be wrong.
  15. WolverineMike

    WolverineMike Senior

    I was talking about Fisher from the mental aspect of it and the calming effect he can have on the younger guys. Not so much on the talent side of things.

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