LeBron James can’t close. The man didn’t do anything during the last four minutes of the game. Of course, that’s because this time he did so much during the first forty-four minutes, that he was relaxing on the bench in Boston watching the last few minutes of the game. James dropped historical numbers in Game 6; 45 pts 15 rebs 5 asst. Nobody has had a line like that in a playoff game since Wilt Chamberlain in 1964. This is the game that the entire basketball world has been waiting for the man they call “King James” to play, and he finally delivered.
From the opening tip, LBJ was on fire. He scored 14 in the first quarter on his way to a 30-point first half(a Heat playoff record). More important than the raw numbers, however, was the constant flow that the Miami offense seemed to have. For one of the only times in this postseason, the offense didn’t devolve into constant 1-on-1 isolation match-ups. Maybe the most important aspect of this game against the Celtics was this; even though LeBron completely dominated the scoring and rebounding for Miami, the rest of the team stayed involved and kept moving the ball around. The only player other than James to score in double-figures was Dwyane Wade, who despite another lacklaster first half, wound up with 17 pts, 8 rebs, and 3 stl.
The other big question mark coming in to this game surrounded Chris Bosh and how many minutes he might play. Bosh logged 28 minutes, andx while he only scored 6 points, his size and length were a big factor in the Heat slowing down the Celtics around the basket. They didn’t get a lot of easy rebounds or lay-ups on this night. Boston also contributed to the blowout by going 1-14 from behind the 3pt-line, and there wasn’t any magic from Paul Pierce or Mickael Pietrus, who combined to go 5-22 from the field.
So now Miami is a lock to go to the NBA Finals, right? Wrong.
I said before this game that the most important thing the Heat needed to do was to play like there is no tommorrow. That holds true for Game 7 as well. Just because the Heat are going to be playing at home doesn’t mean that this game is going to be easy. They have to come out with the same resolve that they showed in Game 6, as well as the same aggressiveness. They certainly can’t expect James to duplicate his performance, so they need more out of DWade, Haslem, and others. Though I would like to see LeBron repeat his attitude and approach. His stone-faced, focused demeanor was a welcome change from the nervous smiling, frustration, and disinterest that he has shown in the past. Kevin Durant and the Thunder are waiting, but the Heat have to go through elimination test #2 on Saturday night. While I think the Heat will win, I don’t expect another domination. This will be, in all likelyhood, the final game for the original “Big 3″ together, and Pierce, KG, and Allen will play like it.
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...).