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NBA Finals notebook: Defending OKC

by Ryan Aber Published: June 15, 2012
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“CB is so huge for us because he gives us the dimension we just don't have,” Battier said. “We just don't have size down low, a guy who can just wreak havoc in the middle. We survived basically two series without him (out with an abdomen injury). There's no way we can beat this team (OKC) without CB.”

TICKET PRICES CREEPING UP

With Miami's win in Game 2, ticket prices for the three games in Miami beginning Sunday are moving upward.

The average price for a ticket to Sunday's Game 3 is $616, an $11 increase from Thursday, according to numbers provided by StubHub.com.

A Game 4 ticket is averaging $566 and Game 5 is averaging $707.

The low price for a Game 3 ticket was $170, compared to $265 for Thursday's Game 5.

DEFENSE DOESN'T SUPPORT TRANSITION

The Thunder didn't have a fast break point until well into the third quarter in Game 2.

The problems in getting out in transition started on the defensive side.

“The defense is not where it needs to be,” Thabo Sefolosha said. “I feel like for a big part of the game, we're just trading baskets, and our brand of basketball is playing defense first and we've got to get back to that.

“If we've got to take the ball out of the net every time, we can't really run that way, so it starts with the defense.”

The Heat defense played a part, but only to a point, James Harden said.

“They did a pretty good job, but that goes with us not making shots, and we couldn't get defensive stops,” he said.

ROAD WARRIORS

This is Battier's first Finals, but he has heard plenty from other players.

“Any road win in the playoffs is significant,” Battier said. “I'm excited to get a win. Like (Phoenix point guard) Steve Nash said, ‘When you lose a game in the playoffs, you just feel like you're never going to win another game, and when you win a game, you feel like you can do anything.' The truth lies somewhere in between.”

QUOTABLE

Battier on why he is so confident shooting: “It's the Finals. I'm not saving any shots for summer league. I'm too old for that anymore.”