Jun 21, 2012 08:07 PM EDT
The Miami Heat will look to close out the series tonight in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
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The Oklahoma City will try to win and push the series back home where they hold a 9-1 playoff record.
Their sole loss came against these same Heat in Game 2 of the series.
One more loss and the Heat take the series and the championship.
The Thunder will need James Harden to snap out of his streak of bad games in the Finals.
The Heat need to come out with the same intensity they have played with in Games 1-3. In Game 4 they realized they took too long to get started and risked the Thunder taking a huge early lead.
Highly doubt James will let the Thunder get off to a hot start. He will probably take matters into his own hand if the Heat struggle early from the floor.
If James struggles, he has other players like Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers who can back him up.
That has been the difference in the series. The Heat have been able to get other players involved in their wins.
Since Harden has struggled, nobody has been able to step up to fill in the scoring void.
They should go to their bigs early, similar to how they won Game 4 against the San Antonio Spurs.
Serge Ibaka has a great jump shot and can finish down in the paint. The Thunder will have to play unselfish basketball to get back in this series and win Game 5.
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