And There Will Be A Game 7…
The Oklahoma City Thunder will need to wait just one more game to see who they will be playing because the Miami Heat just forced a game 7 against the Boston Celtics. It will be on Saturday at 5:30 eastern, in Miami.
The win tonight was due 100% to the amazing play of 2012 MVP LeBron James. James was lights out scoring 45 points, grabbing 15 rebounds and tallying up 5 assists. There is more, he played all but the last 4 minutes of the game and only had 4 turnovers, which isn’t a lot considering how often he had the ball. This is the only performance of 45, 15, and 5 since Wilt Chamberlain did it with 50, 15, and 6. Not only are those numbers staggering but this LeBron James we had the honor of seeing tonight was one I have never seen before. The majority of his points came from fade-a-way mid range jumpers win a man in his face. It was like he was some sort of basketball player who could actually shoot. As the game went on the Miami offense would become pass to LeBron and let him iso, that is if he didn’t already have the ball. Once he had the ball he went to work from just inside the three-point line and he couldn’t miss. James finished 19 of 26 from the field for 45 points. Not bad for playing just under 45 minutes.
I could go on and on about LeBron tonight because he just had one of those games. One of those games that will be made into a montage, put on YouTube and then I’ll end up watching it 100 times over. And although hard to believe, there was another team on the court tonight, the Boston Celtics were there, just not all there. From the first tip they were just a step behind the Heat. But this was to be expected, the Celtics, in the big 3 era, can rarely close a series in-game six, it usually needs to be done in-game 7. Why? I’m not sure, but it already happened to them in this years playoffs. If you can recall the first round, the Celtics had a chance to eliminate the Hawks in six with a game at home, but instead they lost and had to win a game 7 on the road. If history should repeat itself, the Celtics are looking pretty good. The only issue here is that Miami seems to have a way of defying history and the odds. There is so much pressure on this team to perform that I don’t see them being a pushover in-game 7. If there is a bright side to this story for Celtics fans like myself, it’s that the Heat still have no way of stopping Rajon Rondo. Also, as the game was entering garbage time, many of the Celtics faithful stayed around and chanted “Let’s Go Celtics” for the last 3 minutes of the game, it was quite something. They stood, with their team down 20+ and cheered them on. It was a message to the their team that they would support them wherever they were and what ever situation they found themselves in.
To me, that’s what its all about, it’s not just about watching guys run up and down the court for 48 minutes. True fans genuinely care about their players, because they know they are putting 110% in every night.
But, we must conclude somewhere, with game 7 in Miami, and the Heat taking any momentum away from the Celtics, it looks like the NBA might just get the star-studded finals they wanted. That being said, don’t count out the C’s they have made it too far to just roll over and let the Heat through.