OKC Matchup Will Be the Miami Heat’s Most Telling Game of the Regular Season

April 3rd, 2012 by David Weiss Leave a reply »
To the rest of the NBA world tuning in, tomorrow's matchup between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat will offer just another opportunity to watch the league's superstar tandems of Durant-Westbrook and LeBron-Wade go head to head.

To the Miami Heat, however, the stakes will be much higher, as the team will have the onus of defending its home court (and perhaps its championship aspirations) against a juggernaut Thunder team that ran them off the court only a week ago in Oklahoma.

Now granted, this will only be a regular season game and, to that end, comes in a lockout-shortened season, but the gravitas of this matchup cannot be denied for a couple of reasons. Among the first is how the Heat lost its first matchup against the Thunder, which came in as similar a fashion during their most recent game against the Celtics as it did in last year's NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks.

The halfcourt offense looking stagnant and out of sync.

LeBron James shrinking to near obscurity.

Dwyane Wade having to shoulder the uneven burden of carrying a team that hasn't so much lost its identity than it has become aware its team na ...

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