On Thursday, the Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-106 to clinch their second NBA championship in franchise history. Here are the latest news and notes surrounding both 2012 NBA Finals teams on Saturday evening:
- James Harden told ESPN.com that he loves playing in Oklahoma City and plans to sign an extension with the Thunder.
- Daily Thunder's Royce Young looks at Oklahoma City's future, predicting that working out an extension with Harden will be the team's top priority.
- Young also points to Eric Maynor as a possible difference-maker next season. Maynor missed most of the 2011/12 season due to injury.
- Keith Schlosser of the New York Times writes that Mike Miller's pivotal performance in game five of the Finals proves that Miami's strategy of surrounding LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh with role players can pay off.