The Miami Heat’s 15-point first-quarter lead is due to their renewed emphasis on posting up their stars. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have dominated their matchups on the block, with Wade baiting Kevin Durant into his second foul with a shot fake.
This is a really smart strategy for Miami, as Jeff Van Gundy noted, because it slows the game down. But it’s also one that can be countered with stronger double teams. The Thunder are doing a very bad job of digging down and shrinking the floor when the ball goes into the post, giving James and Wade all the room they need to go to work.
Oklahoma City has to clean that up, and fast.