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Game #47: Miami Heat (32-14) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (30-16)

Despite the Heat not having two of their big three in the line up on Friday, they still over came those injuries to get a victory. Chris Bosh is still hurting from his ankle sprain and Wade was listed as day-to-day with a wrist injury. Miami still had the reigning league MVP in the line up. After LeBron struggled the previous night vs. the Knicks he scored 39 points. He was two rebounds and one assist shy of a triple double. The win was in jeopardy when Daye nearly dunked the game winner in off the inbounds pass. The Heat escaped with the 88-87 win. 

Tomorrow the Heat will visit one of the NBA's loudest arenas. The young Thunder are led by Kevin Durant and his league leading 28.6 points per game. We could very well see LeBron on Durant and vice versa. If Wade is ready to go there will be the NBA's top 3 best players on one court, and it wouldn't be the all-star game. 

Oklahoma City is an exciting team. They're 4th in the Western Conference and have an explosive group. Kevin Durant isn't the only player Miami needs to keep their eyes on. Russell Westbrook is a triple threat. He can score, pass, and sneak up on you and steal. The brink of the OKC's rebounds come from the electric Serge Ibaka. He averages 7 boards a game. He can clean the offensive glass so the Heat need to watch out on giving up the extra possession. 

Other role players for the Thunder include Jeff GreenJames Harden, and Thabo Sefolosha. They all play over 25 minutes per game. On Sunday I'll be looking to see a nice flow going on between Durant and his teammates. Hopefully Miami can disrupt that defensively. 

It won't be an easy game for the Heat. I have done some research on the Thunder though. They have no been playing up to par vs. the better teams in the NBA. Their last 3 wins on the schedule have been vs. the Knicks, Timberwolves, and Wizards. Their last 3 losses have been vs. the Lakers, Nuggets, and Hornets. That has been our problem too lately. All we can hope for is a hard fought game and the Heat come out on top.

This is a fan-created post on HotHotHoops.com. The opinions here are not necessarily those shared by the editorial staff at Hot Hot Hoops.

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