By Lee Dover | NBA Finals
Basketball fans will be forgiven for thinking that the NBA Finals are just about all sewn up, after another victory by Miami Heat over Oklahoma City Thunder.
Scott Brooks’ men may have put up a worthy effort to sneak into the lead when the best-of-seven series got underway on June 12.
However, this date will seem like a million years ago rather than just a week for fans of the Thunder, after the Heat extinguished just about all of their opponent’s heart and spirit in three blistering performances.
Game Four took place last night (June 19) and was the latest moment of heartbreak for the Thunder, after LeBron James and his band of merry men dug deep to gain a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals.
LeBron showed why he is considered Paddy Power’s 2/9 favourite to nab this year’s MVP accolade when he battled through excruciating pain to turn the tie around.
Despite finding it hard to sprint down the basketball court – even staying on two feet was proving a struggle for the Heat’s standout player – LeBron was able to hit a three-pointer to level the game with just 2:51 left on the clock.
His team-mate Dwayne Wade was one of the first to thank LeBron for his efforts, noting: “He was hurting. But that’s what it’s about this time of the year. It would hurt more if we lose the ballgame, so it feels a little better if you can win it.”
The fact that no team has ever blown the NBA Finals when leading the series 3-1 makes even the short price of 1/6 for the Heat to be outright winners an easy bet.
Looking for a little bit more bang for your buck? We suggest you look at the odds of 4/6 that the Heat will cruise to the NBA Championship tomorrow night with a 4-1 series victory.
Everything seems to be falling in place for Erik Spoelstra’s team, with Game Five taking place in the Heat’s backyard and the side now on a three-game unbeaten streak.
On top of this, the team’s power forward Chris Bosh has roared: “We’re focused. We’re thinking about Game Five right now.”
You have heard it from the horse’s mouth.