Well, at least it will be bragging rights for two of the game’s top superstars – the Heat’s LeBron James and the Thunder’s Kevin Durant. These standout NBA pros will engage in personal combat with each seeking their first championship ring. Although the Heat in their first season outing with basketball’s Holy Triumvirate of James, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade were heavily favored, they fell to Dallas. This year they play the role of underdog against Oklahoma City fielding a team of relative youngsters in their early 20s but aiming to enter the ranks of the NBA elite. Look for the key matchups being Durant taking n big man James. Durant is itching to deny James of beating him out for another award this season. Obviously, the championship series winner does get a lot of road with the win claiming bragging rights as best player in the league. Pressure is definitely on James who has to deliver at both ends of the court. He has to be shooting right on the mark while ratcheting up those defensive skills to thwart efforts by Durant to dominate. Tough gig to manage since Durant won his third straight scoring title in 2012. Yet, James remains the league’s presently active top post-season scorer with an average of 30.8 points per game.
The second match-up NBA fans need to take a good look ay will be Sege Ibaka vs, both Shane Battier and Bosh. Ibaka pulled down runner-up Defensive Player of the Year honors for his shot blocking prowess. He is coming into his “zone” on offense. He went 11-for-11 in the Thunder’s Game Four victory against San Antonio, evening up the Western Conference finals. He claims a 55.6 shooting percentage which so far is tops in post-season play. Miami coach Erik Spoelstra has a tough decision to make. Does he return a still-hurting, not quite a 100 percent Bosh to the starting lineup or keep Battier penciled in. Granted, both of them looked good in their Game Seven victory against Boston. Bosh drilled three 3-pointers, scoring 19 total during this, his third outing since returning from a nine-game “vacation” due to suffering a lower abdominal injury. Battier also impressed his coach blasting four 3-pointers on the night.