“The Stack” is back today with a slightly shorter blog today. There just wasn’t much happening yesterday. Oh wait, there was a game four of the NBA Finals and boy was it entertaining. We’ll be talking that and more so let’s get right to it and see what made “the stack” for today, Wednesday, June 20:
1. Heat win wildly entertaining game, take 3-1 series lead
Wow! What a game! Have you caught your breath yet? The Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder fought hard and played a terrific basketball game, and the Heat made the plays when they mattered down the stretch on their way to a 104-98 win and a 3-1 series lead. The game didn’t start out pretty for the Heat as the Thunder dominated the first quarter grabbing a 33-19 lead at the end of the quarter. Russell Westbrook had ten points. But rookie Norris Cole knocked in a three at the end of the quarter to give Miami a little momentum which they carried into the second quarter erasing all but a fraction of the Thunder’s big lead. At half, it 49-46 Thunder. Once the second half began, the Heat cranked up the defense and outscored the Thunder 33-26 in the third quarter. The Thunder were playing on their heals and playing terrible transition defense which led to easy Heat points. The fourth quarter was easily the most entertaining of them all with Westbrook telling his Thunder teammates (most likely James Harden in particular) “get on my back. I’ll get us there.” Westbrook was sensational, scoring at will. At one point, he had the Thunder’s last thirteen points I believe. And no one was helping him out. Kevin Durant? Naw he was good. I mean two rebounds for a guy of his size and wingspan? Come on Durant. LeBron James suffered from cramps midway through the fourth quarter, but saved his most clutch shot when the Heat needed it most to break a 94-94 tie. He would sit out the final couple of minutes, but the Heat didn’t need him as they would win the game.