Five things to watch for in Thunder-Heat NBA Finals rematch

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If you think this is just an ordinary regular season game, you’re wrong.

This is the game every Thunder fan, player and coach has been waiting for. Revenge at last.

The last time the Thunder and the Heat met, LeBron was on the podium celebrating with his teammates after getting his first ring, in a 4-1 series win.  Today will be the first time the two teams will meet after the NBA Finals and the Thunder have a big chip on their shoulder.

Are the two teams the same? No, but they are very similar.

The Heat added Ray Allen to the mix, and the Thunder theoretically exchanged James Harden for Kevin Martin. Both teams lead their perspective conference, but the Thunder hold the best record in the NBA currently at 21-5.

Here are the top 5 things to look at heading into this highly anticipated Christmas Day Game:

 1.How the Thunder handle coming back to the arena they lost in

After being defeated in the American Airlines Arena in Game 5, how will the Thunder put that behind them and handle the atmosphere and play with a chip on their shoulder?

 2. The adjustment of having to stop Ray Allen

In Game 5, Mike Miller killed the Thunder with 23 points. If the Thunder have trouble with Mike Miller, Scott Brooks better come up with a way to stop Ray Allen

 3.The Kevin Durant vs. LeBron James matchup

Always a joy to watch. Last year’s MVP against this year’s hopeful MVP.  In history, James has won 7 of the 9 matchups but that could change today

4.Runs

Today’s game will be a game of runs. How will the Thunder handle tough situations in a tough environment and atmosphere?

5. If Russell Westbrook can be Russell Westbrook

As we all know, Russell Westbrook killed the Heat last year in the NBA Finals as he had 43 points in Game 4. If Westbrook can put up big numbers again today, the Heat are in big trouble.

Merry Christmas to all those celebrating. Sit back and enjoy the game.

Topics: Miami Heat, NBA Christmas Day, Oklahoma City Thunder

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