Although it might be back to the drawing board for coach Erik Spoelstra and the Miami Heat after a 105-94 loss to Oklahoma City in Game One of the NBA Finals, in terms of the Championship, Ed Wyatt believes it ain't over til it's over!
Despite 30 points from LeBron James, the Heat couldn't handle the explosive Thunder, who outscored them 58-50 in the second half.
As expected, Kevin Durant (36 points) and Russell Westbrook (27 points) got the job done for the Thunder, but super-sub James Harden, saddled by fouls, only scored five points on just six shots. If you're Thunder coach Scott Brooks, that's actually a good sign going into Friday's (AEST 11am) Game Two.
Once again the Thunder will have home-court advantage, which holds them in good stead to take a 2-0 lead in the series. Initially, I thought the Heat had a decent chance of stealing one of the first two games on the road, but after Game One I'm a bit concerned.
The Heat need a more efficient Dwyane Wade (he was 7-19 from the field) and a better contribution from their bench. They also need to handle the ball and make better decisions in crunch time. If not, I can't see them winning.
There is some good news. This is a best-of-seven series and the Heat have three games coming up at home.
So Miami is still decent value to win the NBA Championship @ Betfair odds of (3.25) .
If you believe in LeBron and the Heat, don't give up on them just yet.