Couper Moorhead of Heat.com was being only half-serious when he tweeted that the Thunder’s defense isn’t the Celtics, but it’s a salient point. Freed from the shackles of the league’s best defensive team, the Heat’s offensive sets suddenly look fluid.
The Heat have occasionally run some more complex stuff in this first quarter, but really, they’re just running the same kind of sets they normally run. They just are doing it better because the Thunder aren’t bumping cutters and loading up the strong side to prevent easy passes. With the passing lanes more open, the Heat are naturally creating easier shots.
Oklahoma City’s defense needs to step it up. Right now, Miami is running its sets far too easily.