The Miami Heat lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder 105-94 last night. While the Heat are not exactly favored in this series, that loss may come back to haunt them for one reason.
They blew an opportunity of a lifetime.
Miami led the entire first half. It led by seven at halftime. In fact, the Heat led by as much as 13 points. The Heat looked as though they were going to win easily over a Thunder team who obviously were nervous and overwhelmed at the notion of being in the Finals.
Then the second half happened. OKC regained its confidence, turned up the heat, and beat the Heat at their own game.
Now the question is what will the Heat do next?
The Heat played well in the first half, then had to watch it slip away in the second half. What more could they do against the Thunder?
Not a lot if LeBron James continues to carry the load. Not a lot if Dwyane Wade continues to struggle. Not a lot if coach Erik Spoelstra keeps getting out-coached. Not a lot if the Heat do not get more out of its role players.
If the Heat won Game 1, then I would have given the Heat a chance to win it in six. I wouldn’t have flip-flopped on my Thunder pick, but I would have given Miami a chance to win.
Not now. I’d be shocked if this series goes past five games.