Even while Durant -- now the league's reigning scoring champ three years running -- struggled to find his stroke throughout the first two games, the Thunder managed to win those games with efficient offense, sound decision making and high level defense.
Dirk Nowitzki validated his spot in the pantheon of basketball greats. His subpar 9-27 shooting performance was but a minor blip on the radar of an MVP series and MVP-type of season, and by scoring 10 points in the fourth quarter, he became the anti-LeBron.
With the exception of the final eight minutes of its colossal Game 2 collapse, the Heat have been absolutely superior on the defensive end, with its lighting quick rotations, willingness to help defend and brutally tough hedging of the highball screen.
Fortunately, Barea was not hurt. But the fact that this is not the first time that Bynum has made a football play on the basketball court leaves one wondering when, or if, he will kick the habit of making dirty, dangerous plays.