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Game of the Night: Miami Heat vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

Feb 14, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) attempts a shot while being guarded by Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) during the second half at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

 

I know this is the game of the night. This might also be the game of the week and season, but the season part might be a little bit of a stretch. As much hype as this game has tonight, it will certainly be the most watched game of the night. The Miami Heat travel to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder in what might be a possible Finals re-match from 2012. The Thunder are looking to cement themselves as the best team in the league and the Heat are looking to remind everyone that they are the defending champs until further notice.

The Miami Heat come into tonight’s game after a good showing in Dallas on Tuesday night where LeBron James just torched the Mavericks for 42 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assist. The most scary part of the Heat’s recent run is the fact that they are finally starting to click on all cylinders. The Dwyane Wade effect still has to be taken with a grain of salt as they are still trying to keep their superstar shooting guard fresh until the playoffs start. With tonight’s match-up looming, I think we’ll see him turn it up a notch and revert to the old ‘Flash’ we all remember. We also cannot overlook that the biggest factor of the team’s success is Chris Bosh. Bosh has been playing well and he seems to take his game to another level with Wade out of the line-up.

The Thunder have the biggest story heading into this match-up as the return of their other superstar, Russell Westbrook, from injury might happen tonight. (Ed. note: This is happening.) Westbrook is returning from a third surgery on his right knee after swelling was found. He has missed 27 games this season and looks to return tonight to give his team a helping hand in the playoffs as in order for the Thunder to be championship contenders, they will need their star point guard. The biggest question is whether or not Kevin Durant will suffer with his partner-in-crime return. Durant has been on a power surge in the recent stretch without Westbrook averaging 35.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 6.3 assists and leading the Thunder to the best record in the Western Conference.

The Pick: I am going to make this real short and sweet. I like the Thunder team and I love the way Durant is playing lately, but I love the Miami Heat more. I just feel that Miami will come out tonight to make a statement and look to remind the world why they are the back-to-back NBA Champs for a reason. Miami Heat 105 – Oklahoma City Thunder 99.

National TV: TNT

Time: 8:00 PM EST

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