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Head to head, the Heat are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Oklahoma City, while the Underdog is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings and the road team is 11-3 ATS in the last 14 meetings. The Thunder are 18-6 ATS in their last 24 games as a favorite of 0.5-4.5, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Heat on the other hand are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, but just 0-6-1 ATS in their last 7 games as a road underdog and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 NBA Championship games.
Don't be surprised if James switches over to cover Russell Westbrook, while the Heat uses Shane Battier to guard Durant.
Meantime, the Thunder might give Durant a break by putting Serge Ibaka, the NBA's leading shot blocker, on James. Kendrick Perkins might get a turn, too. James carved up the Celtics with drives through the lane in the Eastern Conference final, and the size of Ibaka and Perkins could limit James taking the biscuit to the basket.
How will Erik Spoelstra manage the minutes of LeBron, Wade, Bosh and the rest of the Miami Heat? Against the Boston Celtics, the Heat were able to do a decent job on the glass but the frontline of Kendrick Perkins, Serge Ibaka and Nick Collison present a tougher task. Miami also leaned heavily on LeBron, who played a whooping 320 minutes last round. The Celtics big 3 however is roughly 13 years older than the Thunder's big 3 and although LeBron James has consistently proven to be the one of the most conditioned athletes in the league, his energy will be harder to come by.
LeBron James jokingly suggested something intersting following the game 7 victory against the Celtics. He hinted at the possibility of Bosh coming off the bench, alluding that James Harden and Jason Terry don't start but have just as signifcat roles as starters. The intitial reaction was obvious shock, but in hindsight, James might have a point. Miami has struggeled with their bench all year, plagued by injuries, a depleted frontline and lack of play making personnel. This years sixth man of the year will only further expose this weakness and Erik Spoestra will have to find a way to manage minutes accordingly and develop a rotation that can balance and hide this weakness.