By Steve Farace
The Heat had won 3 in a row after losing 5 in a row and were starting to feel good about themselves again. Along comes Kevin Durant and his OKC Thunder. They obviously did not suffer from the South Beach Effect, as it has been known to be called when visiting teams come to Miami. The Heat got down early and made their run by halftime, but the Big 3 were a big disappointment in the second half and the Heat came up short.
Did you see that dunk by Wade??? WOW. Now, let’s get back to the game. Wade stated that this was not a loss to be ashamed of because they did play their best and were simply beaten by the Thunder. Wade is referring to the game against the Bulls in which they were given several opportunities to win the game but came up short by a point. The Heat played well yesterday, but Durant and the Thunder played better, coming up with big shots and big steals during crunch time. It also became obvious, at least for one night, that Lebron James has a very tough time defending Kevin Durant. The Heat are now 4 games back of both the Celtics and Bulls for the first seed in the East, but an important 4 games back in the loss column. Unless the Heat catch fire or the other two teams collapse, it looks like a safe bet that the Heat will finish in the 3rd seed and face either New York or Philadelphia in the first round of the playoffs.