Raise your hand if you thought Shane Battier of the Miami Heat would play a big role in the NBA Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder. You can put those down because we all know you are lying. Battier once again had a big game, but this time it came in a win. Battier had 17 points including a play that should be looked at for a long time.
The Thunder had closed it to 87-82 and the Heat were on their heels. Enter Shane Battier. The shot clock was winding down and he launched up a prayer. It banked hard off the glass and in to give the Heat an eight point lead. Kevin Durant answered to cut it back down to five, but that three was huge in the scheme things.
All night long, Shane Battier was making people pay for leaving him open. Heck, Battier even made a floater. That is the second time in two games that he has done that, so I am pretty sure the Mayans were right about 2012. If Shane Battier is taking fools off the dribble, it is all over for us.
The Heat were able to even up the series at 1 and Shane Battier played a big part in that. Can he keep up this hot shooting? I would doubt it, but I thought he was cooked in the Indiana series. He has shaken off the cobwebs to become a real threat for the Heat when they need those big threes.