Coming into the 2nd round playoff series, few thought Miami had what it took deep down to defeat a Celtic team a few injuries short of a dynasty. The Celtics were coming off a sweep of the revamped Knicks while the Heat ran past the upstart Sixers in 5. The Celtics were becoming Michael Jordan’s Pistons to LeBron and the only way he would get past Boston was to get some help from two choice friends.
The very much respected Celtics and their great head coach left it all on the floor but just didn’t have it and the Heat move on to face either Chicago or Atlanta. You have to say Miami was clutch. They had a chance to close out a great team at home and did so by ten. They hit shots. They got rebounds. Made circus shots and the home crowd rocked. What’s next? Is Miami now the favorite to win the championship despite most thinking they were maybe a year a way of pulling it all together? Seems a perfect storm is brewing and Larry O’Brien’s writing is on the wall.
Hmmm, let’s take a look back for a minute…
Dwyane Wade was nursing an injury so early on the Heat appeared out of sync. They caught all kinds of wreck. Every game was a playoff game. There was hatred waiting in Cleveland that became The Hate That LeBron James Love Made…scrutiny beckoning for every missed shot. 1-15, 1-16, 1-17, 1-18…1-19. Skip Bayless became the main anti-LeBron voice leading the charge. Perk and Lil Nate are traded? WHAT?!?! Melo gets his wish. Gotham City lights up. Spike smiles. Amar’e plays out of his mind. Objectivity was thrown out the window; pundits near and far openly campaigned against everything Miami Heat.
How many but Chris Broussard (and I) picked them to win this year publicly?
The Heat finish strong. It seemed as if the entire country had their finger on the team holding them in place…looking back ever so often to see where they stood in the standings…but stay in your place! The Bull Wonder runs out and becomes the prohibitive MVP favorite. San Antonio looks strong…but old. The Lakers finish on a high note and are slight favorites to repeat. Orlando falls back. Cleveland sucks. Chicago finishes with the best overall record…winning an astonishing 62 games…and looks like Cleveland LeBron doing it. Jameer whispers the wrong thing.
Arthur Triche is hot!
Playoffs begin. Boston and San Antonio limps. No more Knicks. Passion is Beantown strong. Atlanta buys Dwight Howard a ticket to LA. Philly has a glimmer of hope. Memphis puts San Antonio in group homes. Denver sans Melo fights and fights before falling out of sight. OKC is Duranterriffic. Where is Dwight Howard? Dislocated elbows. Kobe is embarrassed (hilarious spoof of Kobe’s post game press conference reactions Games 1-4). LA doesn’t love itself. Memphis does. Westbrook thinks he’s Mike. Pooh is Mike. So is Wade. Miami runs out on 3 legends. There’s shock and awe. KG goes 28-18. Miami has next. Fans whisper…”No they really aren’t to win are they? BOSTON you cannot let Miami win this. Please! Not this year. Not ever. Not him. Please not him!” Phil Jackson fades into the sunset. His only center is done.
There is a pronounced Fab Five effect. It’s a story within the story. Juwan Howard’s presence is about to mean so much more to those of Michigan lore disappointed so many times before.
So here we are. Demons are exorcised. LeBron says I’m not having this…not this time. Shoulder chips become LeBron hairline jokes.
Fans say “OH SHIT! THEY WON!”
Boston’s Big Three score a total of twopoints in the 4th quarter of the deciding game. The Celtics as a team score fourteen. They had no legs left. No disrespect and I’m sure Boston will be back…hungry.
Wade was the unquestioned star of the series but Miami does not win without LeBron. He is the point guard who allows Wade to relax and do what he does best…score. As the playoffs continue, look for LeBron to step up and guard the opposing team’s best player when there is absolutely a need for him to. That means Durant, Rose and Dirk.
What is going on?
Pundits everywhere have backtracked, put on the pink socks and flip flops. Anger becomes a softened realization. Previous columns where hating the Heat became fun become lost words of fan manic ignorant eyes. The Heat took your heart that easily? Stick with your pick…
Respected champions are gone. Every other series is still going on.
Heat haters…what is wrong?
Miami was always this strong.
During the Celtics series DWade and King James took turns catching fire. One rested, the other destroyed. After Rondo went down the Celtics were exposed. There was no depth and despite giving everything they had it wasn’t enough. In last night’s clincher, LeBron scores the last ten points. He hits big threes. Turn around and look back fast break dunks. Everything. The enigmatic Heat fans scream and happily holler…while spilling champagne.
LeBron apologizes to Cleveland after kneeling on the home floor. Will they accept even if offered in the aftermath of victory?
There’s an ease in his press conference demeanor. Whole city weights are off his shoulder. He actually smiles. 8 years, 8 wins away.
Boston vs. Miami was the NBA Championship. Kobe and the Lakers are packing for a well deserved vacation after winning the last two championships.
We all wanted to see Kobe vs. LeBron. We all wanted to see the best play the best but Dallas with Jason Kidd and Dirk Nowitzki are the only Finals experienced veterans left (Perk to a lesser extent).
Yes, Chicago plays good defense. Yes, Oklahoma City has prolific scorers, a sound coaching staff and the love lost of Seattle rain as their wind but who else has gone through the NBA playoff rigors that turn coal to gold? Who else has endured the media questions of “What where you thinking as you made the game losing shot?”
Does Memphis really have a shot? Larry Drew has been a beacon from the storm but do you really think Atlanta has what it takes?
Anything is possible but are the Heat to be crowned champions already? Is this really it? Hasn’t the drama played out? Do we really have to watch? Did Miami just win the NBA Championship?
If an fact that was the case, how will America respond after becoming crazed idiots hating a human they’ve never met with a passion almost never before seen?
What are you gonna do? What are you going to do when LeBron James raises the Larry O’Brien trophy over his head and the June confetti reigns [sic]? Do you need a therapist now? Are people gonna be safe watching the game without some crazy ass fanatic losing his cotdamn mind when he/she/it finally realizes the MIAMI HEAT WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP? Don’t taze me bro…
David Stern is loving this…
LeBron this will not be given to you. You must earn the title of King James.