Which Player Will Be X-Factor For Miami Heat Against Oklahoma City Thunder?

By Jared Doyle
Howard Smith- USA Today Sports

The Miami Heat are set to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight at American Airlines Arena, and the matchup everyone seems to be focusing is on the reigning MVP LeBron James against the one player in the world who could realistically snatch the award away, Kevin Durant. This game will have plenty of action from both respective players, but what many are forgetting is that there are other players who could have a serious impact on this game and the final outcome.

For Miami, that player without a doubt will be Chris Bosh. Bosh has been on an absolute tear lately, averaging 24 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists on 63 percent shooting from the field. A large part of this is due to Bosh playing more minutes at his natural position of power forward. If Bosh is playing heavy minutes at his position of choice, expect him to put up similar numbers against the Thunder.

Due to the size of the Thunder’s frontcourt (both Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka average 6-foot-10 in height), expect Miami Coach Erik Spoelstra to go to his larger centers in Chris Andersen and Greg Oden early and often. This will allow Bosh spend more time in the power forward position and let him carve up the Thunder defense with his ability to drive the ball off the dribble. LeBron will be spending a good amount of his energy chasing Durant around trying to prevent him from scoring, so Bosh’s ability to score in bunches will come in handy tonight as the Miami looks to win their fourth straight.

Jared Doyle is a Miami Heat writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @outofboundsjay, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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