Heat vs. Thunder Game 3: What OKC Must Do to Silence Miami

Ted LeeCorrespondent IApril 2, 2017

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Game 3 of the NBA Finals are tonight in Miami, and the series between the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder is split at 1-1. 

After shutting down a comeback led by Kevin Durant and winning Game 2, the Heat carry major momentum heading into tonight, putting OKC on their heels and at a disadvantage.

For the Thunder, Game 3 is an important one for a win. They don't want the Heat leading the series, and they need to win their first game on the road to make people forget about their performance in Game 2.

OKC has a tough task ahead of them, but for a team that's in their first Finals appearance in Oklahoma City, they have shown that they can dominate and did it in the second half of the first two games of these Finals.

OKC, suffering their first home loss in the playoffs this year, will try to stop LeBron and company from dominating the first half, something they have done in the past two games. In the first two games combined, the Heat have outscored the Thunder 109-90. That is simply unacceptable. There are two reasons behind this large deficit: their effort in the first half and LeBron James

The Thunder, outscored in the first half so far this series, have outscored the Heat in the second half 101-85. In this series, the best of Durant and the Thunder squad seem to have come out when they were already down.

To win this series, they must play well all four quarters, not just the last two. The Thunder need to take smarter shots in the first half and keep up with the Heat. The Thunder are more than capable of keeping up with the Heat so look for the Thunder to play better tonight in the first half.

James, averaging 31 points per game this series, has been killing it in the first half. For the Thunder to win, they must stop him. With Wade streaky this series, holding LeBron to a limited number of shots may be the key to win Game 3. 

Many factors go into winning Game 3. It's up to Thunder's big three of Russell Westbrook, Durant and James Harden to make sure they win tonight and bring home the first championship in OKC.