By Tom Robin, EnStarz | Jun 17, 2012 07:42 PM EDT
The NBA Finals 2012 Game 3 is on Sunday night, and the Oklahoma Thunder and Miami Heat will try to outdo one another again. Following two fierce encounters LeBron James has said prior to the game with the Thunder, "You Can't Stop KD (Kevin Durant)." Tip off for Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Miami Heat will be at 8 p.m. EST and can be watched on TV on ABC, or through online stream (details below).
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"You can't stop KD, you just don't want to give him easy ones," James has said to NBA.com. "You don't want to give him an easy dunk or give him a transition because you didn't communicate well. He can make every shot so you have to control everyone else. Russell Westbrook will make his shots because he's that of a talented player. You just try to make him score but not score because you had a breakdown or you messed up on something."
Oklahoma's star man Kevin Durant has also weighed in ahead of Game 3, addressing the fact that the Thunder have started games sluggishly. He has said, "We just have to play harder at the start of the games. The first ten minutes of the game we just relaxed and we have to play harder. It's tough to watch the film. You say, 'Did I just do that?' so we just have to start with a lot energy."
Game 3 will take place in South Florida's American Airlines Arena and is set to be a fiercely contested game. The Heat jumped out to big leads in both previous games, but the Thunder came fighting back both games.
In Game 1 the Thunder not only fought back but went on to destroy the Heat in the fourth quarter, winning convincingly 105-94. In Game 2, a similar pattern emerged, with the Heat stretching out to an early big lead and the Thunder fighting back in the second half. However, the Thunder were unable to complete the come back in time and ended up losing to the Heat 100-96.
Game 3 sees the series move to Miami for the next three games. Most will feel this gives the Heat the advantage to try and stretch out an unassailable lead for the series.
Oklahoma will reportedly keep the same starting lineup for Game 3.
Game 3 between Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat will tip off at 8 p.m. EST and can be watched live on ABC, or alternatively fans can catch the game online through live streaming by clicking HERE.
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