As he got cramps in Game 1, Lebron James wondered if he was going to get over it in Game 2. He scored 35 points on this night to bring the series to a 1-1 tie and the series shifts to Miami. He was unstoppable as Miami is trying to tell San Antonio, “Hey, we’re playing it right too,” and having a tandem of Chris Bosh and Rashard Lewis definitely tries and open up the Heat’s bigs on perimeter shooting. What will the Heat do for an encore? They have Game 3 in Miami. How do the Spurs try and adjust to the Heat following their Game 2 loss?
The Spurs returned to their dominant selves in Game 5 in San Antonio. They routed the Thunder in every single aspect of the game. No excuse for the Thunder’s chance to win. Kevin Durant couldn’t come up big to win. Now, the Thunder have to win Game 6 in order to win Game 7 in San Antonio. In Miami, the Heat advance to win 117-92 and now await the winner of the Oklahoma City Thunder-San Antonio Spurs West finals. It was a team game for the Miami Heat. Chris Bosh had 25 points and Rashard Lewis and Mario Chalmers had 13 as Miami continued its rout over Indiana.
The Indiana Pacers gave the Miami Heat a beating last night. I didn’t watch the whole game fortunately, because I didn’t want to expect to see Lebron James give out an awesome performance. It turns out that the Indiana Pacers kept charging at Lebron James and made him pick up six fouls and James fouled out of the game. The Pacers win this game 99-92 because they did not get rattled when Miami made their scoring runs. The Pacers expected the Miami Heat to get their points in spurts and it showed. Indiana made sure they would stand the scoring runs made by Erik Spoelstra and the Miami Heat and absorbed the hit. Then Pacers coach Frank Vogel had his Pacers squad slowly build up their lead again until all 48 minutes were run out. It is a smart strategic play on Frank Vogel’s part because Erik Spoelstra doesn’t know what to expect from playing with a balanced and scoring Indiana Pacers team. Sometimes I wonder if Heat coach Erik Spoelstra knows its five-on-five basketball. With a star studded cast with Dwyane Wade and Lebron James and Chris Bosh scoring all the major goodies, you have to wonder, how are the other supporting role players contributing to the Miami offense and on defense. How is Miami defending the titan 7-2 giant Roy Hibbert and Lebron James expanding energy to chase down Paul George and Dwyane Wade running on defense against Lance Stephenson? Miami started the game slowly and they let up. They let the Pacers have the first go at scoring. The Heat didn’t score first. Starting game 5, the Miami Heat must get their scoring up in order to win the game. They must start the game with defense, because when Lebron James gets up and down the court with those chase-down blocks and Wade does the same with steals, the Heat are unstoppable. Ray Allen gets open looks at the basket, Shane Battier will be able to make perimter shots, and so does Mario Chalmers. We haven’t seen a Miami onslaught since Game 3 when the Heat won the game 114-96.
I have to say, the series is far closer than it is 2-2. I think the Pacers have a slight upper hand at this series, than the Miami Heat do, because the Pacers have a bench mob that is able to defend Ray Allen consistently and making sure that the Heat shooters like Mike Miller, James Jones, and Rashard Lewis do not get open looks consistently all night. Except for Games 1, 2, and 4, the Heat broke out with a flurry of three pointers in a convincing win in Game 3. Paul George uncharacteristically showed he was angry after a foul he made in the third quarter. The Pacers want this game. Indiana wants Miami to know that they are for real. Now, the Pacers have the Heat’s number. Can Miami answer the call in Game 5?
The Heat need to keep Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph off the boards.
Lebron James and Dwyane Wade need to run and push the ball to play up-tempo.
Neutralize Zach Randolph’s interior post play.
Ray Allen, Norris Cole, Shane Battier, Chris Bosh, Rashard Lewis, and James Jones need open shots for James and Wade to be effective with their passing.
I guarantee it. There’s no one on this planet who can stop Lebron James. You can only hope to contain him. He and Dwyane Wade are an unstoppable force, forces only met by challenges from within will the Miami Heat championship be thwarted on their way to their second consecutive NBA title. With the ‘Birdman’ Chris Andersen and shooters like Ray Allen, Mike Miller, Rashard Lewis, and James Jones and role players like Udonis Haslem, Mario Chalmers, Chris Bosh, and Shane Battier, they will be tough to beat when you have an ultra fast break with James and Wade on the wings and shooters challenging you to put in the basket as fast as Allen, Miller, Lewis, Chalmers, and Jones can put it in.
This is turning out to be a terrific opening game night between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat. The Heat are quicker to the ball and faster on every possession than Boston is. New Heat acquisitions Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis have incredible 3-point shooting ability and it is no question that they are ready to contribute to a Heat team that has a potent offense containing Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. New Celtics acquisitions such as Jason Terry and Leandro Barbosa aren’t having spectacular debuts, but they are contributing. The Heat are leading 100-85 in the fourth quarter with 8:53 left.
One thing that will hold back Miami if they do not win this year’s NBA title is complacency. Another year gone by. A championship year followed by this. If they don’t get over the fact it’s a new year and not the year 2011-2012 NBA season, the Miami Heat will see failure in their championship reign. They will not repeat again. I quite honestly think, winning the second NBA title is the hardest thing to do. Winning the first NBA championship is easy. It’s hard work, and like always, hard work always pays off. Michael Jordan was the only retired NBA player among NBA rivals to win multiple and consecutive NBA titles in a row not named Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. Kobe Bryant won multiple NBA titles in a row, but can we say he did win it on a L.A. Lakers team that had Shaquille O’Neal on it? Try winning more than three NBA titles in a row and you got my vote. You might beat Michael Jordan to the spot for toughening up by upping him up on championship trophies. Lebron James is in that category now. This is his second season AFTER winning an NBA title. How will he fare? How will James do after winning his very first NBA title? This will be interesting considering the roster changes to having Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis on the roster now.