Monday, June 18, 2012

06/18 (Monday) Quickie

And so the dominant narrative is that the Heat learned from last year's Finals implosion and are applying that new residual toughness now.

I would say the bigger factor was Kevin Durant picking up his 4th foul late in the 3rd, Scott Brooks inexplicably sitting KD and Westbrook at the same time and James Harden working so hard on defense that his offense suffered -- he was in no shape to carry the O when KD/RW sat down.

The Thunder are one entirely winnable game in either of the next two games from having the Heat exactly where they need them to be: Two OKC home wins from a 4-3 series victory. In other words, I think the Heat winning had more to do with OKC tripping themselves up than Miami asserting.

The larger lesson? Stop worrying about the narratives and just enjoy the series.


*Webb Simpson wins the U.S. Open: Nothing like watching a golfer win a major sitting inside the clubhouse. Tough break for McDowell (tougher break for Furyk...yeesh). Toughest break of all for Tiger, who had a horrible weekend and backslid into irrelevancy (or that old "maybe Tiger isn't back after all" storyline).

More later.

-- D.S.

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