Thunder and Heat set to tip-off highly anticipated NBA Finals
Oklahoma, June 12: The Oklahoma City Thunder welcome the Miami Heat as Game One of 2012 NBA Finals begins at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.Both teams came through thrilling Conference Finals. The Thunder will be eager to seize full advantage of being the fresher of the two teams having defeated the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals which finished last Wednesday in six games. On the other hand, the star-studded Heat are still recovering from a grueling Eastern Conference Finals against a gritty Boston Celtics which was settled on Saturday night with the Heat clinching game seven to advance to their second successive NBA Finals.
The highlight of the NBA season looks set to be another exciting affair with the wealth of talent on each team. Fans around the world will be particularly looking forward to a mouthwatering duel between arguably the two best players in the NBA in LeBron James and Kevin Durant. ‘King James’ has been immense for the Heat all through the playoffs and gave a fitting reply to his critics in the decider against the Celtics. He showed he could raise his game in the fourth quarter of a big game and lead his team back to the Finals.
However, the Thunder have their own jewel in the talented Durant who has enjoyed tremendous support from teammates Russell Westbrook and James Harden. The trio were instrumental in helping first time NBA finalists Thunder recover from a 0-2 deficit against the Spurs, who were on a remarkable 20-game unbeaten run, to eventually seal the Western Conference Finals 4-2. Durant has led the NBA in scoring the last three seasons and is now looking to add an NBA championship to his resume.
The Heat, looking to add to their only previous NBA crown won in 2006, have been boosted by the timely return of Chris Bosh. Question marks still hang over the power forward’s fitness having been sidelined for nine games due to a strained lower abdominal muscle.
The format for the best of seven series will see games one and two in Oklahoma City before moving to Miami for Games three and four. Should the series require it – Miami will also host game five with Oklahoma City once again enjoying home court advantage for games six and seven.