While LeBron James is a phenomenal basketball talent, and a very loyal teammate, and a better person than the one we saw at “The Decision”, LeBron James is not yet a champion. The problem: LeBron disappears from the biggest moments in the biggest games in his career. No other way to put it. The Miami Heat needed LeBron James to step up in game 4. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh certainly did their part. Wade played like he did in 2006 against the Mavs. If LeBron had done anything, other than having his worst offensive performance since January 5, 2007, the Heat would have gone up by 3 games to 1, with the Dallas Mavericks in big trouble. Instead here we are knotted up at 2 each, momentum possibly shifting. LeBron can not be considered great until he performs in such a manner. All the marbles are on the table he set. Pat Riley’s face showed it. Eric Spoelstra’s face showed it. LeBron’s face showed it. Time to show what are you really made of? The Miami Heat fans will get a chance to look at all the faces on their home court at the American Airlines Arena in Miami. The mirror doesn’t lie.
While the Miami Heat may or may not beat the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals, LeBron James seemingly can’t win no matter what he does. Forget about whether you like him or not, he is the MVP of the league. His sheer size makes him a physical freak (in a very good way). He’s incredibly agile, and makes shots from everywhere. In addition, he plays tough defense against anyone. That said, if he takes over the last few minutes of the game, and misses any shot, people claim he can’t finish. If LeBron dishes off to Wade, the claim is he won’t take the game over, and he feeds the ball off, not wanting to take shots at the end. Thus once again LeBron James is the villain. In truth he is the MVP, and I want him on my team, the Miami Heat and not on yours no matter who yours is.
So often we call a sports event awesome, but it is really usually not that awesome. However, the Miami Heat/ Chicago Bulls game on Thursday night was really “awesome”. Most everyone who was watching the game surely sees Saturday night game in Miami as a definite, but LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in the last 3 minutes saw the Mavericks in their rear view mirror. A Spectacular and still nearly unbelievable comeback with just over 3 minutes in the game. This comeback will be shown time and time again. It was that spectacular. Now we have a repeat of the 2006 NBA Finals. Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks vocalized how the Heat would work the “Three Kings”. Now Mark Cuban will see exactly how. Lebron, Wade, Bosh come on out and meet Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Jason Kidd, Shawn Marion. Decision, Redemption. Should be great. Get your tickets for the big show.
Performance vs. Perception is what Chris Bosh brought to Sunday’s match up game featuring the Miami Heat against the Chicago Bulls. Bull’s Carlos Boozer said the Miami Heat had the Big 2. Chris Bosh, the also ran, the not so shining star. Well, the Miami Heat knew better and even Chris Bosh who sometimes looked tentative this year showed why you can never just concentrate on the “Big 2″, LeBron James and Wade. C-B as James calls him really had the touch. And like LeBron James has always said, when 1 of our guys has it going, they keep going to that guy. Thus a 34 point night for Bosh. Good for the Heat players and fun to also see Udonis Haslem have a big roll in the playoffs. C-B, UD: Big win for the Heat. On Tuesday we will see if the Miami Heat’s no loss home court winning record prevails. We’ve now seen the leading scorer in the NBA East Finals, Not Rose, Not Wade, not James. It’s Bosh.
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The Miami Heat took an old fashioned beating at the hands of the Chicago Bulls on Sunday. The Bulls were indeed raging. The Miami Heat look to bring some of their own Heat on Wednesday. Obviously Spoelstra and a noticeably present Pat Riley are probably looking to make some changes in the rotations, position players particularly at the center position, and I think most importantly in the intensity department. With Lebron James and D Wade barely visable in the 4th period, something has to change dramatically. However, Chicago hit all the boards, so Miami has to get up on the defensive boards to have a chance. Chris Bosh can’t be your main scorer. Rose will get his shots, but Gibson needs some attention. Basically the Miami Heat have to play their game. The big 3 better play like the big 3, not the lesser of the 3′s playing the best of the 3′s. Very often when a team gets blown out, they come back strong. All of the “white hot” Miami Heat fans, don’t despair. They will come out strong, and all the fans in South Florida should come out and cheer on their team when they return to Miami on Sunday. It’s not over until the fat lady sings, and I don’t hear any songs yet.
It’s getting harder and harder to believe in Magic, especially when Magic is attached to the word Orlando. The Orlando Magic must feel like they are seeing horror films, because they are. That said, the Magic has to believe that although no NBA team has come back from an 0 and 3 deficit, one day a team will do it, why not the Orlando Magic? There are other Boston teams that have very recently blown an enormous lead (think Boston, think hockey). KG says no, but Dwight Howard says yes. We’ll see how these NBA Playoffs go. Play Ball!! Magic, Please Play Ball!!
You would think the next lord of the land is being urged to put down roots. In Cleveland they are begging their NBA Superman LeBron James to remain a hometown boy. In New York the Mayor is letting James know that he, and his children love living in New York, so James should come to the Knicks, maybe the nearby Nets. In California the other Basketball team, the Clippers are planning a parade to woo LeBron James. Considering that nothing will happen until July 1st, this just seems like it’s going to get just crazier and crazier. In Miami people want to know what about Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, et al. Come on, lets let this play out and each guy will make his own free agency decision. They are grown men, very grown. Circus time will continue i’m sure. In the meantime, I’m watching the Playoffs where we see great players playing great ball.
LeBron James says he will have a bounce back in game 6. I guess there is no choice since it is all or nothing. James will be aiming to be aggressive, get to the free throw line, and make shots he should He sounds like a different guy, not the player who seemed detached in game 5. I guess he’s ready to make a move. The Celtics however, humbled James to the lowest percentage scoring of his career. They will continue to try to stifle LeBron James getting to the basket and hope he goes with jumpers. We’ll see who has the Killer Instinct and gets to move on to show what they have against the Orlando Magic.
Unless you are living in a cave, you’ve heard all the horror stories about LeBron James and game 5. We’re not going to really know where he was in that game, but guess who was definitely there: John Calipari, the Kentucky coach sitting behind the Cavs bench. While the Orlando Magic sit waiting to see who they will play in the next round of the NBA playoffs, LeBron James’s best friend John, sits in the wings right there with the Cavs, perhaps ready to take over for Mike Brown, who with a Cleveland Cavalier loss will be out. James, who knows where he will go? Or will he go? I do know he can ask for any coach including Pat Riley, Van Gundy et al because they just can’t lose LeBron in Cleveland. The Orlando Magic are resting, while the Cavs are rustling.
The taste of losing last year’s NBA finals has lingered with the Orlando Magic. Now with 2 series down, they’ re unbeaten. There are 2 more to go and the Magic look better than ever, and better than all the rest….UNBEATEN. The last series versus the Atlanta Hawks was the most lopsided 4 game sweep in NBA Playoff history. The Magic are ready for rings, and are running rings around everyone. Stan Van Gundy said he thinks his guys “pretty well bring it every night. ” If we’re better than you, we’re going to win most of the time”. I’m so excited to see either the Boston Celtics or Cleveland Cavaliers come to Orlando. Bring it on.