Russell Westbrook was not very good in the first half, but things changed drastically in that third quarter. He was 2-9 at halftime, but was 5-7 in that third quarter, slashing to the rim and breaking down the Heat’s defense. He’s the major reason Oklahoma City now leads by one after three quarters.
The Heat have to clean up their pick-and-roll defense, because Westbrook is killing it. Dwyane Wade has defended Westbrook most of the time, and he’s taking poor angles to try to cut Westbrook off. Miami’s help defenders aren’t helping either, as they’re not plugging the middle well enough. Westbrook is splitting the pick-and-roll and getting right to the basket, like so.
Great point guards can give Miami trouble. Rajon Rondo lit them up in the Eastern Conference Finals, and now, Westbrook is doing the same.