All eyes were supposed to be on LeBron James as the NBA Finals began Tuesday night.
Would James continue his spectacular postseason? Would he put his disappearing acts in last year’s Finals behind him? Would he finally break through and win his first championship?
Those aren’t the questions fans are asking anymore. In fact, after one game, the focus is no longer on James. It is on Kevin Durant, whose 36 points and eight rebounds lifted the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 105-94 home victory in Game 1.
Durant stole the spotlight from James with his scintillating play that allowed the Thunder to turn a double-digit deficit into a double-digit win.
In the video above, I discuss how Durant’s performance won over the passive NBA fan, and what the Heat will have to do in Game 2 to somehow slow down the three-time scoring champion, who looked unstoppable Tuesday night.
For a more in-depth look, read my Game 1 column.