Game 2 Preview: How to silence the Thunder

Depth, Wade, and defense keys to victory

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Game 2 is critical for the Heat's success in Oklahoma City.

With a win, the Heat steal home court advantage.

A loss, and Miami will have to win 4 out of 5 games in a row against a very tough Oklahoma City team.

There are several keys for the Heat to turn things around in Game 2.

Head Coach Erik Spoelstra says that he will go deeper into his bench for Game 2.

Forward James Jones missed Game 1 with a migraine.

The only players to sub into the game were Chris Bosh, a hobbled Mike Miller, and Joel Anthony.

Anthony only played for 2 minutes

Coach Spoelstra has not revealed if he intends to start Bosh in Game 2.

Miami will need depth to keep up with the fast faced Thunder.

Speaking of pacing, Oklahoma City outscored the Heat 24-4 in Game 1 on the fast break.

The transition game is an area where the Heat have thrived all year long.

Dwyane Wade has gathered much of the national attention over the past few days.  Wade need to improve on his 7-19 shooting.  Wade and his teammates have discussed attacking the basket more.

Fans need to remember, the Heat built a 13 point second-half lead with a big contribution from Lebron James.

James cooled in the fourth quarter, scoring just seven points.

While James was held in check, Kevin Durant went off in the final minutes.

Durant scored 17 of his 36 points in the final quarter.

Miami will need to match up better on Durant in order to slow down the Oklahoma City attack.

Finally, Russell Westbrook was explosive in Game 1.

The Thunder point guard said Thursday he is not impacted by a left thumb injury.

During Game 1, Westbrook looked fine scoring 27 points, grabbing 8 rebounds and dishing out 11 assists.

Oklahoma City is 9-0 at home in the playoffs this season.

But you know what they say, records were made to be broken,

We see the Heat bouncing back in a big way and bringing the series back to Miami tied.

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