Coming off a 17-point outing in Miami’s loss to OKC on Monday, Shane Battier is not basking in his impressive first-ever NBA Finals game. ”All that matters is getting the W,” Shane said of his game. ”Anything else is semantics.”
Shane is enjoying the opportunity to play in his first Finals and joked when asked if his body was physically where it normally is this time of year. ”Physically where I’d be normally this time of year is on a beach somewhere having a margarita.”
Instead of lounging on the shore, the 2001 National Player of the Year is starting for the Heat in The Finals, often guarding the opponent’s top perimeter threats (using his secret weapon) and looking to do the little things to help Miami win.
Said Shane’s All-Star teammate Dwyane Wade, “Shane is everything, man. He does it all for our team… He does all the little things. He’s pesky. He gets under other guy’s skin a little bit. He does a great job of blocking out. Like I said, we love him.”
The 2001 national champion played in a pair of Final Fours at Duke so he entered The Finals with some experience in championship-level games. Shane also was prepared to compete in one of the NBA’s loudest arenas. When asked if OKC’s Chesapeake Energy Arena was the loudest he had played in, Shane replied: “Tough to compare to some of those North Carolina-Duke games.”
Battier and the Heat will look to even the series with the Thunder tonight. The game tips at 9 PM on ABC.