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LeBron James has finally proved all the haters as he beat out Kevin Durant in the NBA Finals last week!

James and the Miami Heat took the series 4-1 as they brought home their second trophy in six years last Thursday. James was the only one who the media  seemed to focus on, but in Game 5 it wasn’t so much of Lebron as it was Mike Miller and other role players. This is the moment up until then James has only fantasized about; this is the entire reason the “Big 3″ came to join forces in Miami to win an NBA Championship.  James had 26 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assist as the Heat trampled their way over the Oklahoma City Thunder to win the Championship in Game 5.That was James only  triple double of the season and I’m talking pre, regular, and post this year. Miller went 7-8 on three pointers and scored 25 points, and went down as the greatest shooting to ever have taken place in the NBA Finals.

There are plenty of factors that led to Miami winning. First of all, Miami has the Big 3. I know you are going to say so does Oklahoma City with Durant, Russel Westbrook and James Harden, but the only player that I saw make a difference was Westbrook. Harden had the biggest struggle I’ve ever seen when it came to an offensive performance, and after Game 1 Lebron shut down Durant. Westbrook had a 42 point game but one guy can win it all for a team.

Miami simply outplayed Oklahoma City. Miami had experience in these types of games before, and it showed. You saw many things from questionable calls made by both the players and coaching staff. That’s not a problem with the Heat because they have one aspect that no one other than the Lakers organization and the Knicks organization know about and that is the man who brought everything together the man in the front office Pat Riley. Riley has won his share of championships 5 as a head coach to be exact. And when it comes to players. Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem just six years ago were celebrating their first NBA championship win. Also, LeBron has been in these situations before he was more determined than anyone else on that court to win it all twice before he’s been to the Finals and twice before he’s lost. If he didn’t win it this year I think his legacy would be hurt, which brings me to my next point.

Now Skip Bayless ESPN First take analysis can and needs to shut up and stop talking this crap! I’m glad that Mark Cuban called him out and destroyed him on TV because it put Bayless in his spot. Skip said before Game 5  that i quote,” There is no pressure on LeBron.” LeBron needed to show just how strong he is, he had to win Game 5 because if the series would have went back to OKC we could be looking at a different scenario. It would have hurt his legacy to have not won a ring, he would have been the next Charles Barkley, it  would have been almost the biggest failure to have left a home town, join with 3 of the best players in the league promise,”not one not two now three not four not five not six not seven (championships)”, but more. He made sure that when Mario Chalmers started already celebrating in the third quarter to stop him to basically say we haven’t won yet. Then with 3:10 left in the game when Lebron came out with Wade and Bosh he had the best dance I’ve ever seen, because they new that had finally done it. The king was finally crowned.

But congratulations to LeBron James and the Miami Heat organization on the being the 2012 NBA Champions, punch for punch they made it through.

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(streetball.com)

That’s right Lady’s and gentlemen the Miami Heat are two games away from bring back another Title to Miami, and for Lebron to get his long awaited hard earned ring!

After losing Game 1 to the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City the Heat haven’t looked back. Game one Kevin Durant showed what he was made of, being undoubtedly the second best player in the world. When Game 2 came around Dwyane Wade unleashed his inner beast as him and Chris Bosh tied up the series at one a piece. Then in Sundays Game 3 Lebron did what he does best, he played like he’s the greatest in the world!

Now, with all that said what is the key to the trophy case that holds the championship trophy? First is who will play better tonight in Game 4 Lebron or Kevin Durant. If OKC goes down 3-1 they are done no team in the history of the finals has come back from that deficient. That’s why tonight I think you’ll see a different KD who attacks the basket more and is stronger on defense. KD is going to give it his 110% tonight but he will come up short as the Heat take this one. Lebron has a different mentality than he had before there’s no doubt that he won’t let this championship slip through his hands after everyone has been criticizing him. He’s been to the Finals twice before and he lost both of those times, he knows what it takes; as we have seen from him this postseason he is a monster, he is not human and that monster Lebron is averaging 30 points in the Finals and it seems as if no one can stop him, he’s a force to be reckoned with. But I’m telling you right now he is only half of the key for Miami to win this championship, the great contribution from Wade and Bosh is also a big key; make sure to not overlook the major contribution from Shane Battier in these games. That is what is the K.O punch every time for the Thunder the relaxed defense they play on Battier. Mike Miller played big in Game 3 also recording a couple blocks a steals and even some points. I don’t care if he misses those three pointers as long as he contributes. now back to Lebron, Lebron has shown he has the clutch gene, and actually has become more clutch this series than Durant. He’s hit more free throws (which he’s usually poor at). Those are two crucial components that lock up why Miami will have tonight’s game.Now when it comes to the Thunder I think Westbrook is doing a really poor job yea he’s averaging 20 some odd points a game but he’s not distributing the ball enough to KD. And why wouldn’t you start James Harden? There’s a lot of things that need to happen in that locker room for Oklahoma to win the championship let alone another game.

Word has arose that Serge Ibaka has said and I quote,”LeBron is not a good defender. He can play defense for 2 to 3 minutes but not 48.” Here’s my problem with this I know Ibaka is by far the best defensive player on the court but you are down 2 games to 1 and are on the verge of losing the championship to Lebron therefore, you can’t say anything! Then Durant to have the audacity to go up to Wade and say your to short!First of all, Wade is a Finals MVP who are you to say anything to the man! The Thunder are letting the series get to their head, they are cracking under the pressure while Miami is now use to it. It’s as simple as that!


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Before Game 6 critics were questioning the ability of Lebron James and the Miami Heat and how they think that the Heat need to get rid of one of the Big 3, but as we know when you critize James and his team you bring out the Beast within him. James pulled off the greatest performance in nearly five decades. James recorded 45 points along with 15 rebounds and 5 assists. We haven’t seen numbers like these in a playoff game since the great Wilt Chamberlin about 50 years ago. James shot 19 of 26 from the court and was just short of his playoff high of 49 points. Stephen A Smith said it was the Best game he’s ever seen Lebron play as a Heat player.

Faced with elimination Heat forward James kept the Heat afloat and forced a critical Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals in The TD garden last night. James played 44 consecutive minutes, leaving the game with 3 minutes left when they secured the win. Dwyane Wade added 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals even with what I considered a poor first half.

The Celtics really showed that they don;t have the stamina to keep up as their largest lead in the game was two points. That’s just embarrassing. If you have a chance to close out the series you have to capitalize yet that’s what the Celtics failed to do. The Celtics aren’t the only ones who had a poor performance; Mike Miller. Miller had countless number of wide open shots that he couldn’t get to fall same with Mario Chalmers. Bosh had a pretty poor performance on offense as he is trying to get back to 100% after his injury. Yet, Bosh lead Miami in block as he smacked away three balls.

Rondo had a decent game recording a double double just as Lebron did except not even close to his numbers. Rondo scored 21 points and dished out 10 assist. He also lead the Celtics in steals as he recorded three. Brandon Bass played a decent game I thought, scoring 12 points and leading the Celtics in rebounds as he brought down seven.

After the game during the Media session Miami Heat head coach Erik Spolstra had this to say on James performance,”He was absolutely fearless tonight, and it was contagious. The way he approached the last 48 hours, and not only LeBron, but everybody else. Nobody likes getting dirt thrown on your face before you’re even dead. He showed great resolve.” Then Wade said,”He played amazing. He was locked in from the beginning of the game like I’ve never seen him before.” This quote reinforces what Smith said on First Take this morning because Wade hasn’t even seen Lebron blow up like this. As my friends and I say he’s doin big things.

The do or die Game 7 is Saturday at 8:30 in Miami. Look for Miami to take this game and meet the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA finals just as I predicted in my school newspaper over a month ago.


(Bleacher report)

The Miami Heat are two wins away from booking their ticket to the NBA for the second consecutive season.

Although, Boston came out full fire in game three , expect tonight’s game to belong to Miami. The Heat have something to prove, and they aren’t about to let the Boston Celtics even up the series. If Miami could pull in a win tonight in Boston, it would be big.

The key to tonight’s game is Kevin Garrnet. If Miami’s big men can contain KG and Rajon Rondo the game is theirs. Yet, thats only half of the key to winning the game. The other key, rebounding! Every single game that has happened thus far the winner has led the game in rebounding, so it only makes sense to focus on it right? Well, it should be interesting since Heat forward Chris Bosh will be out once again, with that abdominal strain that has kept him inactive for the two series ( this series and the series verse Indiana).

With Bosh out, Dwyane Wade and Lebron James can expect nothing less than extra tough defense from Boston. As we saw Wade has been getting double teamed and it starting to effect him shooting only 9 of 20 resulting in 18 points in Game 4;  that was his second poorest performance this post season. He can’t have games like that especially with Bosh out!

Mario Chalmers has come out big for the Heat this post season when it comes to his offense, but his defense needs a little tweaking. Mario has been matched up with  3 point specialist and NBA leader in 3 pointers Ray Allen. When it comes to his defense he’s a little slow off that first step and Allen has no problem hitting down those 3’s. Miami’s biggest problem is Rondo. They can not. I repeat can not let him have such an easy game scoring triple doubles.

The game is in the Hands of the Heat, can they expose the aging Celtics?