Game Day #54: Thunder at Heat

Oklahoma City Thunder (40-13, 17-8 road) at Miami Heat (38-14, 22-2 home)


Where: American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL
When: 7:00 p.m. CST
 ESPN2 (209 Directv, 28 Cox, 606 AT&T U-Verse, 144 Dish)
Online Stream: Here.
Radio: WWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemy: Here.
Projected Lineups:

Thunder Heat
PG Russell Westbrook Mario Chalmers
SG Thabo Sefolosha Dwayne Wade
SF Kevin Durant Lebron James
PF Serge Ibaka Chris Bosh
C Kendrick Perkins Joel Anthony
6th Man James Harden Martell Webster

Last time: The Thunder thumped the Miami heat in front of a national TV audience 103-87.

The Miami Heat are struggling right now, well for them. They’re 3-3 in their last six games. One of those is a humilating loss to Oklahoma City.  Since then they’ve dropped games to Indiana and Boston. All three games have been by double digits.

The Heat are the home teams of the league. Only two losses were to Milwaukee and Atlanta. They’re sitting on a pretty 16 game home winning streak. However, last year Oklahoma City stole a win in Miami.

In fact, Oklahoma City is 2-0 since the Kendrick Perkins strade vs. Miami.

Oklahoma City is coming off a very lack luster performance against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Thunder haven’t lost back-to-back games since Jan. 2-3.  However, against the Heat, in Miami, that will be tested tonight. Could get a little easier for OKC. Dwayne Wade will play tonight.

Keys to the game

Fast break points
Oklahoma City loves to run, and against the Grizzlies, OKC did not do that. Against the Heat 10 days ago, Oklahoma City was able to get up and down the court on the Heat. Oklahoma City will need to do this against tonight.

While OKC turned it over 18 times against the Grizzlies, against the Heat, OKC really held on to the ball, not turning it over so much. It’s something that was key in the 16 point win. Oklahoma City holds onto the ball, they’re nearly invisible.

Three-Point Shooting
OKC was 4-9 vs. the Heat on March 25. It was efficient and really were key threes when they went down. OKC doesn’t need to shoot 20 attmepts to win this game. However, they need to hit the shots.

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