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Miami Heat just fine winning more ugly games

Jun 18, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

LeBron james (L) of the Miami Heat defen Getty Images

If you’re going to win a championship in any sport, you’re going to have to grind out some ugly wins. Football teams are going to have to run the ball and eat some clock. Hockey playoffs are all grind.

And in the NBA, you are going to have to grind out a win with defense and grit.

Which is exactly what Miami did on Sunday night and is why they are up 2-1. Both teams were sloppy in the fourth — both teams have some long, athletic defenders who deserve some credit for this —but in an ugly game the Heat were more comfortable. They kept attacking and they made their free throws, the Thunder had ugly turnovers and missed shots from the charity stripe.

LeBron, he’s good with that. Here is what he told the press on Monday, with quotes via Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.

“We can win 32-31, it doesn’t matter to me… Yeah, I don’t care how we get four [wins in this series]”

The folks at ABC probably don’t want 32-31. But as a playoff series moves on it tends to get uglier. Thunder coach Scott Brooks expects more of it (quote again via Winderman).

“Both teams don’t want to let their opponent get into their offense early, get to their spots.”

The challenge for the Thunder is this is not how they win games. They want to run, have Kevin Durant raining high-arc jumpers and Russell Westbrook carving up a defense with his speed. They are not grinders by nature.

But they are up against a team that can match their athleticism. This series is going to be tight and going to be a grind at points. They need to figure it out fast, because no team has ever come back from 3-1 down in the NBA finals.

  1. blueintown - Jun 18, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    These games have been anything but ugly. The Finals haven’t seen such a vast array of dynamic talent on display since the 80’s.

  2. Shawn - Jun 18, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Heat have looked good the past two games but the Thunder should win either game 4 or 5 (possibly both) then finish it off at home. Please check out what I said

    • eddiecrash1976 - Jun 18, 2012 at 11:17 PM

      Lol…………please checkout what I said…….”LOL”!

  3. angulocarlos1 - Jun 18, 2012 at 5:05 PM


  4. jadyn3 - Jun 18, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    I agree that the finals have not been ugly at all. It’s been some great basketball so far. I’m a Heat fan, and I’m proud of how well they are playing. The Thunder is a deep and talented team…they have been impressive during both the regular season and the playoffs. Love watching these superstars match up against each other!!

  5. chicagosworth - Jun 18, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    KD is about to really show why he is the scoring champ

  6. rodge1 - Jun 18, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    These Finals have been great. Any game can go either way at any time. This is what it’s all about. I’m a Heat fan and have no clue what to expect. Win or lose its been a fun year.

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