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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

Berry Tramel



The Thunder has played at a high level throughout the playoffs. Meanwhile, Miami needed six games to beat Indiana and seven games to beat a Boston team that needed seven games to beat Philadelphia. The Heat has to improve to win the Finals. The Thunder does not.

Mike Sherman

Sports Editor


Four of the five of us who made preseason picks had this Finals matchup. None picked the Thunder then. All do now. OKC's bouts with stagnant half-court offense seemed to have subsided, and the Thunder can do one thing the Heat cannot — protect the rim.

Ryan Aber



If Chris Bosh could do what he did in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals every night, the Thunder might be in serious trouble. But Bosh won't keep that up and though the Heat is going to push the Thunder to the limit, OKC comes out with an NBA title.

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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