Big Al: Thoughts heading into Oklahoma City Thunder-Miami Heat Game 2 of NBA Finals

OKLAHOMA CITY - Just because Game 1 is in the books and the Thunder have a 1-0 lead in the NBA Finals, hold off on parade plans.

The Heat will not be doused that easily.

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Game 1 was an impressive comeback on the part of OKC. Miami up early and more late-game heroics from Durant and Co.

But will that same formula work in Game 2?

Let's put it this way. Scott Brooks would rather be up by seven at the half, not down. It may work, but you do not want to make it a habit, especially in the Finals.

It is encouraging to note however, that the second half completely frustrated LeBron James. When he doesn't get his shots -- or when he does and they don't fall -- he gets antsy.

And that is what the Thunder need to continue to do. Hound King James and knock him off his MVP throne. If that happens, the Heat are done.

Dwyane Wade is not 100 percent. Chris Bosh is still in pre-season mode, recovering from his injury. Who is going to lead the charge? Chambers, Battier. I don't think so.

If we want to talk role players, the Thunder has a better bench. Look how determined Nick Collison played in Game 1. It was the best game of his career. Blocking out to get the rebounds, getting open when everybody else was in trouble, keeping loose balls alive to teammates.

And then there's Derek Fisher, oozing Finals experience up and down the court. Always in the right place at the right time.

I love guys like Fisher and Collison. They may not be the sexy reason for the Thunder to win game 2, but they are just another element to this very special team.

The Heat will play desperate in Game 2, but the Thunder have already played desperate teams in the past three series and have won every battle.

Thunder take Game 2 by 10 points and head to Game 3 in Miami up 2-0 in the best of seven.

By the way, I ran into OKC Mayor Mick Cornett before Game 1 and asked how many games it would take for the Thunder to win the championship. "Six games, I want to win it at home," he said.

That's when we can plan the parade.

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