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Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

Video: Relive the NBA Finals Game 1 win for Thunder

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Enough about Game 1, it’s almost time to turn our attention to Game 2 of the NBA finals.

But before we do, here is a great video from NBA.com looking back at the first game, with some cool footage and interviews. This is a good way to start out your Thursday morning. Then we can get on with the business of whether or not the Heat can make this a series.

Bosh apparently wants to be booed, calls Thunder crowd, noise “regular”

Chris Bosh

Chris Bosh wants to make sure LeBron James doesn’t get all the hate from the Thunder fans — he wants his share, too. He should get it now.

The Chesapeake Energy Arena was rocking Tuesday night with blue-shirt clad Oklahomans who treat a Thunder game like a college football game — it is loud and raucous. The loudest arena in the NBA.

Unless you ask Bosh. Here’s his quote, via Eye on Basketball.

“Everybody keeps talking about how loud it is,” Bosh said. “It’s regular. We’ve been in a lot of other arenas and it’s about the same. Once it gets really loud, it’s all about the same.”

It’s not regular in there. It’s deafening. It’s part of what inspired the Thunder’s come-from-behind win.

Some guys play better when the crowd is against them, when the boos rain down on them. Not sure if Chris Bosh is one of those guys, but we’ll find out Thursday.

Durant admits he, Thunder were nervous before Game 1

Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant started out shooting 1-of-5. Russell Westbrook seemed to be trying to do too much. The Thunder were hanging around but no looking like the team that in the past couple weeks had easily knocked off the Spurs and Lakers.

What happened?

They were nervous. Kevin Durant owned up to it his postgame press conference.

“Like (Westbrook) said, it kind of took us a couple minutes to get the nervousness out of us and the jitters out of it. We’ve just got to play our game….

“You know, just being in The Finals, we kind of was nervous, I guess. That’s something we can’t — it can’t happen next game or the rest of the series. Just got to come out with a lot of energy, and hopefully we do it next game.”

He’s right, the Heat will come out harder and faster next game and the Thunder have to match that. But the nerves should be behind them. Hopefully for Thunder fans.