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NBA Finals 2012, Thunder Vs. Heat: Oklahoma City Needs To Avoid Slow Starts

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.

While the Thunder were able to come from behind against the San Antonio Spurs, the Miami Heat is too good defensively to consistently play from behind, according to Jim Cavan of The New York Times.

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.

For more on this 2012 NBA Finals, be sure to read our StoryStream here. Check out Welcome To Loud City for more on the Thunder and Peninsula Is Mightier for more on the Heat.