Do the Miami Heat have the momentum after their second straight NBA Finals win over the Oklahoma City Thunder?
Not necessarily. I am not a big believer in momentum, because I believe each game in a series is an opportunity for each team to create its own positive forward energy.
In Game 3, the Heat did make a concerted effort to get the ball inside. They held the edge in second-chance points and fast-break points, indicating an advantage in effort. And they have prevented the Thunder from getting their transition game in full gear.
However, Oklahoma City’s chances to win the last two games have been undermined by Kevin Durant’s persistent foul trouble and some poor offensive execution at crucial times.
If the Thunder can correct those issues, Miami’s “momentum” heading into Game 4 may be fleeting.
I talked about this dynamic following Game 3 with CineSport’s Noah Coslov. Click the video box above for the segment.
For my postgame column on the Thunder’s immaturity, click here.