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Thunder vs. Heat: Oklahoman staff shares NBA Finals staff picks

Find out who The Oklahoman's staff thinks will win the NBA Finals matchup between the Thunder and the Heat.
by Berry Tramel and Jenni Carlson and Ryan Aber and Darnell Mayberry and Mike Sherman Modified: June 11, 2012 at 7:37 pm •  Published: June 11, 2012

Darnell Mayberry

Thunder beat writer


I'm not all that confident in this pick. I could see the Thunder winning in five games, and I can see the Thunder winning in seven games, too. I also could see the Heat winning in seven games. All that to say is I have no idea what to expect. All I know is this will be fun, and because the Thunder had a much tougher road getting here I'm rolling with OKC.

John Rohde

Thunder/NBA beat writer


Miami's mojo seems off, but the Thunder's self-confidence has never been better coming off four straight victories against the seemingly invincible San Antonio Spurs. The Heat showed remarkable resiliency to reach the NBA Finals, but OKC has shown an ability to step on the throat of a faltering foe.

Jenni Carlson



I predicted it before the playoffs began. No reason to go against it, especially after pegging the Thunder's six-game series win against the Spurs on the nose. The Heat has been erratic in its run to the Finals. The Thunder? Steadily stellar. This team is playing too well not to beat the Heat.

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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by Mike Sherman
Sports Editor
Mike Sherman is sports editor of The Oklahoman, where he has a combined 18 years of service during two stints as a writer and an editor. He covered high school sports for The Oklahoman from 1984-93. He also worked as a news writer for the...
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