The Oklahoma City Thunder have gotten into a habit of starting slowly. In four of their last eight games, they have had first quarter deficits of at least 10 points.
But while that might make for good theater, the Heat’s ability to summon vise-like defense – similarly at a moment’s notice – makes coming from behind a much harder proposition for the Thunder than in series past. From the get-go in Game 2, Miami’s plan was clear: Attack early, attack often; get the lead, keep the lead.
Without a good start on Tuesday, the Thunder might find themselves on the brink of elimination.