The most valuable lessons one learns in life are often the most painful. And so maybe it will be that one day the Thunder will look back at their devastating collapse in the 4th quarter of game 4 at home Monday night as the painful but necessary lesson that eventually propelled them to a championship. For now though, it leaves them in a position that looks hopeless, as they will have to win the next three games against the Mavericks, two of them in Dallas, to win the Western Conference.
Thunder at Mavs, 6PM PDT, ESPN. Mavs lead series 3-1.
The Thunder failed spectacularly in their must-win game last night. Can the Bulls do a better job in Miami tonight and even the series? It's easy to see what the Bulls need to accomplish to pull it off: they'll have to score more efficiently, and league MVP Derrick Rose will have to lead the way. Rose is making only 31% of his 3s and 40% of his FGs overall so far in this series. Barring a few supernova performances from him, it's hard to imagine the Bulls beating the Heat three more times.
NBA.com's John Schuhmann has some ideas on how Rose can get back on track.
Bulls at Heat, 5:30 PDT, TNT. Heat lead series 2-1.