The inside of the United Center in Chicago on Thursday night after the fourth quarter, and the Bulls season had ended. The critics voices, those of both LeBron James and the Miami Heat. Silent. The fans silence was due to shock, while the pundits just didn’t have anything left to say. The Heat, led by James and Dwyane Wade, went on an 18-3 run to end Game 5, and Chicago’s dream of hoisting another NBA Championship trophy.
This game had a little bit of everything and for the first 45 minutes the Bulls did everything they could, and should, to keep the series alive. The bad news for Chicago is that there are 48 minutes in regulation. In the final three minutes, James and Wade could not miss, literally. Each went 3-3, while James hit two 3pt’s and DWade had a four point play.
While the end of the game was a shocking end to the season for the Bulls, it will be remembered more importantly for something else; the death of the notion that LeBron James can’t close, or is afraid of the moment. Maybe it was everything he went through after leaving Cleveland, the burning jerseys, the public hatred, or former players lashing out and criticizing him. Maybe it was having another great player who had already won a championship, that also happened to be his best friend, as a teammate. It was probably a combination, but Bron looks like a champion. He has always been a great talent, but in this series, and really at the end of Game 5, he looked like a great player.
Does all this mean that Miami will beat Dallas and LeBron will raise the NBA Championship trophy. No. Dallas will be by far the toughest team the Heat have faced all year. What it does mean, is that if Miami loses, it won’t be because he was scared, or shied away from the moment. People in South Florida know that they have an excellent team, but the national media always seems to focus on one player, LeBron James. The Dallas Mavericks remember one player more than any other, Dwyane Wade. D3 single-handedly beat Dallas five years ago in the NBA Finals. The good news for the national media and their ratings is also bad news for the Mavs, their both on the same team.
About the Author
Written by Sean Eckhardt
Univ of Alabama alumni. Born and raised outside Chicago, IL. Currently live in Florida. Some of my favorite teams include the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Heat, and the Florida Panthers. My interests outside of sports include music, outdoor activities, and anything with a motor(cars, bikes, boats, etc...).