Watch NBA Finals 2012 Oklahoma City Thunder vs Miami Heat Game 5 Live Stream Online Free. This is a win or go home game for the OKC team. As for the Heat, if they win, this would be King James' first NBA championship win.
LeBron James is proving that he made the right decision to leaveClevelandand take his talents toSouthBeach, as his Miami Heat teammates picked him up in a big way on Tuesday night in a 104-98 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 4 of the 2012 NBA Finals.
The Heat have been sent out as 3.5-point home favorites in Game 5 of the best-of-seven series (courtesy of SBR Forum), as the total stands at 193.
James scored a team-high 26 points, but spent the final moments of Game 4 on the sidelines due to a leg injury, which appeared to be cramping. The 2012 NBA MVP is just a win away from winning his first-ever championship.
The Heat have a great opportunity to close things out in Game 5 on Thursday night inside the American Airlines Arena, considering they've won all five games this year when favored by 3.5 to six points, while the Thunder have dropped four of five games when being placed as an underdog in the same range.
Oklahoma City is going to need the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year to step up in order to send this series back to Chesapeake Energy Arena, as Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook can't do it all on their own. James Harden has scored just 17 combined points in the last two games inMiami.
The natural progression of the NBA is starting to come to light in this series, with the more experienced team making more plays down the stretch.
James' haters better start creating a new script over the next 48 hours, as he'll likely be celebrating with his teammates at this time on Thursday.
I predicted the Heat to win this series in seven games, but I'll settle for five.
The nature of sports coverage dictates that ultimately the series will be viewed as a referendum on LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant. IfMiamiwins, James will be the hero and Durant will be too young, too inexperienced. If Oklahoma City can somehow manage to come back from a 3-1 deficit (something very few teams have ever done in the history of the league, and none in the Finals) then Durant will usurp James' throne as the king of the league, while LeBron will be criticized as not being able to win the big one (again).
But what if it's all more mundane than that? What if the NBA Finals is really just coming down to something as basic as rebounding?
In the four games so far, the team that has won the rebounding battle has won the game. The series on aggregate has been ridiculously close. Over the course of four games, the cumulative score isMiami389,Oklahoma City384. The Thunder have shot a slightly better percentage from the field (.467 to .450) but Miami has hit more threes and more free throws, giving them a very slight edge in True Shooting percentage (.552 to .539). All the other stats are equally close.