Surya Fernandez is one of the best Heat bloggers around, he was kind enough to let me ask him some questions regarding the finals match up and his thoughts after the first two games. He's part of a Heat blog, you can read it here.
They attacked the basket relentlessly at the start of the game to race out to a big lead and that took out the crowd and put the pressure on the Thunder to defend their home court. The second factor, even more importantly, was that they responded to every run the Thunder made and did just enough to give them enough of a cushion to hold on for the tight victory.
He's finally playing the way the Heat envisioned he could help the team when they quickly signed him in the offseason last year. Okay, maybe they didn't expect him to be THIS good beyond the arc but it was crucial to get a defensive swingman who can guard multiple positions and be deadly from long distance to stretch the defense. Plus, it means the Heat can stop relying heavily on a hobbled Mike Miller who really shouldn't be playing anymore in this series. Battier couldn't have picked a better time to get red-hot with his shooting so I'd say that signing was a wise choice.
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