First off, I would like to point out that I have never coached basketball at any level in my life. Basically as my lady friend would put it, “You watch way to much basketball,” so I am going to try my best to tell Scott Brooks and Erik Spoelstra how to do their jobs.
As Shaq would say “If the general doesn’t panic, the troops won’t panic.” In the start first quarter, everyone panicked for the Thunder. The Durant hit two big threes that seemed to calm everyone down. Going forward I think the Thunder will come out with less nerves, so this issue solves itself.
Westbrook needs to stop pressing, and let his offense come in the flow of the game. Same story as all season right? I think in the first half Westy pressed the issue a little bit and forced some things. In the second half he played much more controlled and picked his spots much better. Going forward he is going to need to remain patient, as well as aggressive for the Thunder.
Perkins needs to play less going forward. I love Perk to death, but he has little value in this series. If Heat are going to start Battier, he can’t play with Ibaka. I would love to see Harden coming in sooner to go small in the first quarter.
LeBron can not guard Durant all game, and Wade can not guard Westbrook all game. Post game LeBron talked about being worn down. The Heat scored 40 points in the second half which won’t cut it verse the Thunder. They got away with playing both stars for 46 minutes and guarding the best offensive player in the Eastern conference because no team was going to put up 100 if they did this. Durant and Westbrook are going to get 50 per game no matter what.
Heat need to go further into their bench. This will also help LeBron and Wade not wear down so much over the course of the game. Not sure who they bring in, or if its just playing Mike Miller more, but it needs to be done.
If Durant gets going, he needs to be double teamed on the catch. I was trying to think of how to guard Durant in the 4th quarter, but I couldn’t. Only way I can think is just to hard double as soon as he catches the ball and make him pass it. You have to make Thabo beat you, not allow Durant to beat you.
No need to panic after game one, but some changes need to be made. It will be very interesting to see how both teams decide to play game two.