How Thunder will defend Heat
OKC has learned Thabo Sefolosha must be key to defensive strategy
After a pair of early losses to the seemingly unstoppable San Antonio Spurs, the Oklahoma City Thunder roared back with four consecutive wins to close out the Western Conference finals and punch a ticket to the NBA Finals, where they'll face the two-time defending East champion Miami Heat.
To turn around their season, the Thunder made an important adjustment against San Antonio -- but how will they be able to apply the lesson they learned against the Spurs when they take on the Heat?
Perhaps the key coaching move of the Western Conference finals was Scott Brooks' decision to cross-match Thabo Sefolosha onto Tony Parker defensively. Parker had ripped the Thunder defense for 123.9 points per 100 possessions during the Spurs' victories in Games 1 and 2, shooting 62.5 percent on 2-pointers (including 60 percent from midrange).
To read more about how the Thunder will use what they learned against the Spurs to defeat the Heat, become an Insider today.
MORE NBA HEADLINES
- Cousins replaces Kobe on West All-Star team
- Duncan seeks $1M over failed investments
- Kobe 'sore' but eyeing return in September
- Sources: Magic on verge of firing Vaughn
MOST SENT STORIES ON ESPN.COM
2012 NBA Finals
- J.A. Adande retweeted
- Dave McMenamin retweeted