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PBT Extra: Previewing Thunder vs. Heat Christmas Day game

Dec 24, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

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It’s the first time the Heat and Thunder have played since the finals last year. Miami has been up and down this season but when focused have looked like their formidable selves. The Thunder are a better team now than they were last June because Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka are improved. Of course, Miami still has that LeBron James guy.

Kay Adams and I talk about what should be the main course on Christmas Day.

  1. dwirk - Dec 24, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    Not a “must win” game for the heat but the thunder have to show they can go on the road and beat the heat. Sort of like the lakers/celtics Christmas game in 2008 although that was in LA

  2. angelcastro1120 - Dec 24, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    So the Heat have been up and down this season? Best record in the East and 3rd best record overall? And that’s up and down? Wow, even the blogs are still semi-hating on the Heat. Nice.

    • michaeljordanseviltwin - Dec 25, 2012 at 6:17 AM

      After losses to the Wizards & Warriors they were 14-6, ‘down’ by their championship standards.

      Specifically, their defense has been down. Last year they ranked 4th in defensive efficiency. Early this season they were floating around the mid-20’s before making a lineup change by starting Haslem and giving Joel Anthony some bench minutes. Now the Heat are ranked 13th in D efficiency, 3rd in O efficiency and are riding a 4 game winning streak. That’s the up part.

  3. sjtorpitt - Dec 24, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    They have been up and down, you have to be a fool to not realize that.

  4. 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 25, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    It’ll be fun. But by tomorrow, it won’t mean anything.

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