Oklahoma City Thunder will play Miami Heat in the NBA on Wednesday night in what many are already touting will be a preview of the 2014 title match up. Tonight's big game will feature LeBron James against Kevin Durant, and will be a game no basketball fan will want to miss. Start time is 7 p.m. ET and the game can be watched on TV on the ESPN network, or online through free live stream (details below).
Tonight's game is a rematch of the 2012 NBA Finals, and features the two teams most are predicting will appear in this year's finals.
Kevin Durant has been on fire in recent weeks, and has had to lead things alone without the support of teammate Russell Westbrook, who has been out since Christmas Day following his 3rd knee surgery since April.
Durant has made up for his teammate's absence though, and has recorded 30 or more points in each of his last 11 games for the Thunder. That amazing run of form is the longest such streak since Tracy McGrady achieved the 30-plus mark in 14 consecutive games in 2003.
One thing's for sure; the Heat will have to stop Durant tonight if they are to claim the win. They will have to get in Durant's face and not allow him the freedom to dictate play across the court. If they can force him to bring his teammates more into the game then it will significantly weaken the Thunder's offense.
Durant has led the Thunder to a record of 36-10 coming into this match up, compared to Miami Heat's 32-12 record so far.
The Heat will be looking to counter the threat from Durant by optimizing LeBron James and Chris Bosh. Also Dwyane Wade returned after being out for a four-game stretch in the Heat's 113-101 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday.
Both teams will be looking to get one over their main rivals for this year's title, and it should be an electric atmosphere at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida.
The Thunder against the Heat will start at 7 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the ESPN network, or online through free live stream by clicking here.