Found June 22, 2012 on Five Tool Tool:
50) Both teams started off cold, because of the enormity of the situation, or something49) Durant's early foul seemed like a big deal, since he's had so many of them, but really wasn't48) Heat Fan freaked out over Russell Westbrook getting cleanly fouled, both in real time and on the replay47) Shane Battier's three and steal got the Heat back on top and flying, which seems to happen a lot46) Kendrick Perkins showed that you don't have to be on Mario Chalmers' team to scream at him45) Dwyane Wade picked up two fouls in his first five minutes and stayed in, because Erik Spoelstra was correct to think there was no way he'd actually be in foul trouble later44) Thabo Sefalosha's second foul was just terrible, in that he had no hope of actually stopping LeBron James three feet from the hoop, and matched the rest of his night43) No single player in these Finals did more damage to his reputation than James Harden42) James getting the make and foul on Ibaka ha...

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As I watch the current NBA finals with the Miami Heat vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, most believe that the most interesting matchup has been the Miami “Big Three” vs. the OKC “Big Three.” However, I have always been interested in the matchup between the two starting point guards, Russell Westbrook and Mario Chalmers. Most NBA [...]

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While much is being made about how Russell Westbrook dribbled away the Thunder's chance at a last second win last night, James Harden should be the one everyone is focused on. He has been largely incommunicado since the Finals began."Those are my stats?!" In last nights loss, Harden scored only eight points on 2-10 field goals and 3-4 freebies. Five of his field goal...
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