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NBA Playoffs - WCF, ECF, & Finals
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Joined: 25-January 06
To be fair, Rome came on yesterday and responded to a bunch of anti-Stern emails by basically saying "Cut the man some slack. I've done tons of great interviews with him in the past. He probably was just in a bad mood. We all have bad days, let's just get over it."
In the meantime, OKC's gonna be feeling the pressure tonight. A 3-1 deficit isn't insurmountable with the final 2 at home, but the Thunder are looking like the Team That Hasn't Been To The Finals Before right now and they've got to get past that mentally with this type of pressure on them. For example, they'd theoretically be ahead 3-0 if they shot their regular season average on free throws each game. I know you can't say that for sure because the differing scores would change what the players did near the end, but I think it still makes the point well.
And even given that the team with overall home field advantage is more often a superior team, it's still surprising to me that the middle 3 games in the Finals (since it went to 2-3-2) have been swept by the road team more often than the home team. Partially for that reason, I just don't see Miami taking this series in 5. OKC's most likely taking this one back home, but probably with their backs against the wall.
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