Heat advance to Finals
Game seven was everything it was supposed to be; a vicious battle from start to finish. Miami turned around a seven point Boston lead at the half to advance to the NBA Finals for a second straight year with the well-rested Oklahoma City Thunder waiting for them.
The big three decided the game as they scored every single fourth-quarter point for the Heat, closing out the game with authority.
LeBron James finished with 31 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk. He didn’t have the type of game that we saw in game six, but as you can tell by the numbers was still dominant and got the help he needed to avoid having to carry the team by himself. Oh and he played every single minute of the game.
Chris Bosh came up huge with his outside jumper hitting for 19 points on 8-for-10 shooting including three 3-pointers. He was just a huge x-factor with this clutch performance. I can’t say enough about the way he showed up to play today with everything on the line after missing such a significant portion of the playoffs.
Dwyane Wade had an off game up until the fourth quarter and then made some great plays when it counted. Flash finished with 21 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists after the usual slow start.
Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers were responsible for five 3-pointers and 21 points which is exactly what they needed from the ‘others’. Chalmers did a great job of distributing the ball with 7 assists.
The Celtics left everything they had out on the floor and gave it their best shot. Certainly nothing to hang their head about the way the season played out. Rondo went out with a triple-double with a line of 23 Pts, 10 Reb, 14 Ast. They overcame a bad start to the season and made a great run, but at the end of the day LeBron and company had too much firepower.
My early thought is that the Thunder will be too much for the Heat because of the quality of role players, but I think it will be a great NBA Finals featuring the two best teams in the NBA. However it’s only championship or bust for one team and that’s the Heat.