But everyone knew this was coming. This is a team where two role players are starters, and only seven guys are capable of contributing anything (big three, Chalmers, Haslem, Anthony and Battier). I couldn't believe they had Miller out there in the second half, he is a disaster on both ends of the floor.
What do you think would be the score of a game between the Heat and Thunder, if the big three for each team did not play? That would be
Heat: Chalmers, Cole, Battier, Haslem, Anthony
Thunder: Fischer, Sefolosha, Collison, Ibaka, Perkins
It would be relatively low scoring, since there are more defenders than scorers on that list. But I think the Thunder would win by 25 every night. They are bigger, better and more athletic.
Which means that the not healthy Big Three of the Heat have to absolutely outplay the healthy Big Three of the Thunder. If it's a wash, the Thunder win.
Before the series, a lot of people talked about the matchup problems Lebron and Bosh create for the Thunder. Well, Spoelstra needs to make sure those come up early and often, because I didn't see them much last night.