LeBron triple-double seals championship
Game-5 of the NBA Finals in Miami and the theme didn’t change, LeBron James was just too dominant for the young Thunder in the quest for his first NBA Championship. The Chosen One took his game to another level this season and answered every critic to prove he is nothing less than the best player in the world.
Today marks the end of James ringless era and the start of race to see how many he can get before the end of his career.
All of the big-3 were extremely efficient in the first half going a combined 14-for-21 including 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists from James. Mike Miller rose up from the dead and seized his opportunity to make a huge impact despite looking hobbled as usual. Miller went 4-for-4 from deep in the first half for 12 huge points. Oklahoma City was outmatched right from the first play of the game when James punched it home and right then I knew he was getting that championship tonight.
Russell Westbrook reverted back to his usual play in these finals and couldn’t hit anything after a brilliant performance in a losing effort in game-4. James Harden was completely ineffective once again. These two didn’t provide enough firepower for the Thunder to have a shot at winning. Kevin Durant got his points as usual, but it wasn’t enough with all the Heat stars locked in. Valiant effort from Durant with 32 points and 11 rebounds and he will get his turn, but it just wasn’t their time yet.
Miami’s three stars continued to dominate the second half and found themselves up by 23 points after the third quarter. The Thunder were just jacking up 3-pointers that didn’t have a prayer and were treated like children by a team on a mission to win a championship.
This ring secures Erik Spoelsta’s spot as the long term coach of the Heat. If they would have lost in the Eastern Conference Finals to Boston I thought that he would be replaced. He proved to everyone that he could motivate this group of stars and get them in the right mental place to play hungry for a championship.
Mike Miller put on an amazing shooting display out of nowhere and was on all night long and had his best game as a member of the Heat. He went for 23 points on 7-for-8 from 3-point distance in a performance that won’t be soon forgotten.
Chris Bosh had a great game from the field and misses were rare hitting for 24 points on 9-for-14 shooting while Dwyane Wade added in 20 points. LeBron finished with an amazing 26 points, 13 assists, and 11 rebounds.
Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole put in great games from the point guard position and the others that were once doubted for the Heat proved everybody wrong on their way to the Finals victory. Juwan Howard,although he didn’t play, is the first member of the legendary Fab Five team to get an NBA Championship ring.
The biggest story is LeBron getting the championship that the critics said he never would and he didn’t slip up one time along the way. He looked like a force of nature for the entire post-season and left nothing to be desired in any area of the game. He turned his perceived mental weakness, and lack of aggression in past finals into strengths and that’s what the truly great players do. His will to win was strong and it all started when the Heat fell down 2-1 to the Pacers in the second round and James came out like an uncaged beast and dropped 45 points. From then on, if he wasn’t before, he was a man on a mission who wasn’t going to lose.
It looks like James finally has figured out how to be a champion and I’m truly happy for him to get this huge weight of the world to win a ring off his back. I didn’t always feel that way, but with his play and demeanor he redefined himself and became a championship leader whose team responded to their superstar in a big way.
How many rings can LeBron win? I can’t answer that, but I am positive that this isn’t going to be the only championship that defines his legacy. At 27 years old the potential to win many more championships exist. Not one more, not two more.. okay that speech from 2010 is now dead and gone and everybody is instantly going to realize that there isn’t a match for him in the game. I just hope my Knicks can somehow someway someday build a team that challenges them.