The Miami Heat beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 103-97 yesterday in a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals.
It was a convincing win for the Heat very reminiscent of the way they took down the Thunder a few months ago.
Despite that, Heat forward Shane Battier had some nice things to say about the Thunder.
Shane Battier on OKC “They’ve been the most consistent team… I wouldn’t stop short of saying they’re the best team in the league right now
— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) December 26, 2012
Battier is a real professional who always says the right thing in interviews so it’s not real surprising to hear him say something like this too.
He may be right too. The Thunder still are tied for the best record in the league and have so far been the most consistent and best team.
If it wasn’t for the fact that the Thunder just lost to the Heat in the same exact way they lost to them in the Finals then more people would be confident still calling the Thunder the best team in the league too.
This win by the Heat will make a lot of people look at them as the best team in the league again. Many still did but the emergence of the Clippers, Grizzlies and Knicks this season had them second-guessing Miami.
The funny thing is, the Thunder are probably better suited to beat the other elite teams in the league than the Heat are. Yet, when playing head-to-head vs. Miami, have a harder time than those other teams coming out on top.
So technically, sure the Thunder are still the best team in the league this season. But they don’t care about that and neither does the Heat. The only thing either team cares about is what may happen if they meet again in the NBA Finals.
For now, the Heat feel better about themselves than OKC does.