Playing Like They’ve (Already) Won

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James Nosek | Press Box Perspectives Editor/Columnist

Sometimes a compliment can be a bad thing. That turned out to be a bad omen for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Ever since the Thunder won game one of the NBA Finals last Tuesday night, they have been on top of the world. They came back from 13 points down, outshined the Heat in the fourth quarter and won game one. They thought they won the series—and everyone else thought they won the series.

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Game 2 Notes: Bag of Goodies (Heat)

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James Handles the Heat

LeBron James can finally shut up the critics, at least for one night.

His 32 point (10/22 FG), 8 rebound, 5 assist performance in game two of the NBA Finals helped achieve that goal. Sure, his fifth straight game with at least 30 points should stop the “un-clutch” references about James’ game. But, for his standards, it’s not good enough.

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OKC Shows Miami How to Play

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James Nosek | Press Box Perspectives Editor/Columnist

If you watched the fourth quarter of last night’s game one you probably stumbled upon two completely different teams.

One team was a very confident and poised group of players that were led by a clutch leader. The other team was a dysfunctional, flustered group of superstars who looked more like some street ballers playing a pickup game at Rucker Park.

Can you guess which one was the Miami Heat?

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Durant Poised in Game One

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James Nosek | Press Box Perspectives Editor/Columnist

Cool, calm and collective.

That was the Oklahoma City Thunder. That was the OKC crowd. And that was Kevin Durant.

Being down by 13 in the first game of the NBA Finals, against a team like the Miami Heat, can be a daunting task—especially when this is the first go-around for the young Thunder, led by the 23-year old superstars.

But as we found out, it wasn’t daunting enough.

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The Young Guns

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James Nosek | Press Box Perspectives Editor/Columnist

Kevin Durant was 27 seconds away from the NBA Finals. Even though his Oklahoma City Thunder had a cushioned lead in the Western Conference Finals, it wasn’t enough. There needed to be that icing on the cake, one last moment to solidify a classic playoff atmosphere.

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