Miami is on the cusp: Mario Chalmers strikes lightning on the Thunder; Heat win Game 4 104-98 despite Westbrook’s 43
Homage to the brotha Dwayne Wayne…
“I’ll be ready for Game 5″ says LeBron James. Should you have come out in Game 4? Just asking. More on that later.
Team effort. It’s over people. Save yourself the frustration of thinking it’s not now. Trust.
Yo…it gets real quiet when the Miami Heat win huh? Experience bust pipes? Inauspicious turnovers and dumb end game fouls? Miami is winning games it has to to become NBA Champions. LeBron had 26 points, 12 assists and 9 boards (Bird in 1986 the last to do that in the Finals). Mario Chalmers had the biggest 25 points since that Kansas shot sunk Derrick Rose and Memphis. Dwyane Wade had 25 as well. Chris Bosh had 13 and 9 rips. Norris Cole had just eight, but his two threes in the first half were big when the Thunder shot out quick and hot. Russell Westbrook went the hell off and had 43. He also had 7 boards and 5 assists. Kevin Durant had 28. No one else was in double figures. In fact, the only OKC double digit stat was James Harden’s 10 rebounds. Heat win 104-98 in Game 4 104-98. This was a game I thought Miami would lose. It’s now 3-1 Miami so I guess not…
46-40 points in the paint and 40-35 rebounding advantage for the Heat. The Thunder get nothing from down low despite the world knowing that’s where you must attack Miami. It’s a definitive Heat weakness Oklahoma City has yet to exploit. OKC was 3-16 from the arc; Miami 10-26. Too much young stuff in the clutch. Again, Finals experience. OKC will be stronger after suffering the same pain Miami was married to after losing to Dallas.
Watch Dwyane Wade’s presser below. He says almost exactly what I’ve been saying about the Heat. Resilient. Battle tested. Had to go through something. Now Miami is on the cusp of its second NBA Championship.
Still there are some issues with how Miami is winning. Durant and Westbrook had the last 32 points. Great players are unstoppable, but Westbrook should never have 43 against the Heat. He was sick in the 4th with 17. Highlight stuff. Great performance but…he is the first to lose of 7 who have made 20 field goals in a Finals contest. Still…
They should zone when Durant and Russell penetrate and force them to shoot from outside. Switch off man. Russell shouldn’t bet 19 layups. Battier can’t play all those damn minutes. Where is Joel Anthony? Pair him with Chris Bosh and get this shit over with. Has Spolestra even been to a coaching seminar? You will hear folks give it all to Chalmers, but you know the deal. Yet…
I gotta go in on LeBron, I don’t give a cotdamn about a cramp, there is no *$&#(@&*$%@ way a probable Finals MVP should have been on the sideline in money time. No excuses.
He shot a Oklahoma City 3 point dagger when his clutch has been questioned ad nauseum…
He’s 27. Been to three Finals before Jordan got to his first. Looks like he’s going to get his first ring before Mike did at 28. He also is the first player ever with at least 650 points, 200 rebounds and 100 assists during a playoff run.
One more win and it’s time to get his due. All this diminishing of his talent makes you all look like straight suckas. Like jealous little kids at recess hot because I’m getting all the girls. LOL but seriously though, it’s time to look at his playoff numbers as something NBA legendary. In 2009, he was 35, 9 and 7. Better than this postseason numbers of 30, 9 and 5. Only Oscar has done this and he’s doing it with Wade and Bosh on the same team. Can you remember a player off that Cleveland team? Quick. No google allowed. Yeah so basically he had to do it all by himself.
He had help last night. Mario Chalmers attacked the rack, shot the 3 point rock and pissed off OKC oil stock in the process.
Where is James Harden? Did you see that jumper he didn’t take late and when he finally took it he bricked it? In the Finals, Harden is shooting 35.1 % (13 for 37) from the field, 28.6% (4 for 14) from 3-point range and averaging 10.8 points. Before the playoffs, Harden shot 49.1 percent from the floor, 39% from the arc and averaged 16.8 points. The x factor is also having to guard a LeBron behemoth.
Durant has to get more than 2 rebounds. I think because of the last two 5 foul games, he’s being tentative physically. His play offensively is still money, but with his length and wingspan, he needs to mix it up more. Everything can’t come from outside. Great scorers learn how to get the opposition in foul trouble. I would suspect he comes back with a full post up arsenal. Remember what I said what he and LeBron should do in the NPA piece? Yeah, do that young fella. Your game has no limits. Now eat a steak or eight.
No team has come back from 3-1 in the Finals. No team has forced a Game 7 in the 2-3-2 format down 3-1.
Let’s discuss because it’s almost time to give it up. The folks here at TSF has said what you all want to ignore for years. I’ve personally written so many pieces on LeBron, I can give you his numbers talking in my sleep. Still don’t like him coming out the game in a game that could have shifted the series, but dude’s numbers are simply outrageous. If LeBron is this good and is still mad athletic, what the hell is coming next down the pike? A 8 footer with Bird’s eye, Moses’ soul, Julius’ hands and lift with an Allen Iverson crossover?
Give it up people, you’re missing greatness. C’mon, shake out of it. 2010 was two years ago. Tape your proverbial ankle, get up, walk it off and dust off that bs insecurity.
|C. Aldrich||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|D. Cook||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|L. Hayward||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|R. Ivey||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|N. Mohammed||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|R. Jackson||DNP — INACTIVE|
|E. Maynor||DNP — INACTIVE|
|J. Anthony||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|T. Harris||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|J. Howard||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|R. Turiaf||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|E. Curry||DNP — INACTIVE|
|D. Pittman||DNP — INACTIVE|
Time of Game: 2:35
This about says it all…