CineSport—The Heat look to close out the Thunder however Oklahoma City will try to become the first team ever to come back from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals. Moke Hamilton of sheridanhoops.com reports.
If someone told you a month ago, when the NBA playoffs began, that Lebron James would leave Game 4 of the finals due to cramps then come back a few minutes later, limping no less, to nail a cold-blooded three-pointer to give the Heat the lead with three minutes left in the game en route to a 3-1 series lead, you would say one of two things:
1. That is oddly specific.
2. No way, the Heat will collapse before the finals and LeBron could never hit that clutch of a shot.
Yet here we are, becoming witnesses (sorry, Cleveland) to one of the greatest-overall postseason performances we have ever seen, as the Heat are one game away from capturing the NBA title.
Sure, LeBron isn’t putting up points like Elgin Baylor or Michael Jordan, dishing out assists on a daily basis like Magic Johnson did back in the day, or grabbing rebounds like Bill Russell or Wilt Chamberlain, but what he is doing evokes some of the best of all of those guys.
So far in the finals he’s averaging 29 points, 10 rebounds (14 in Game 3) and 6 assists (12 in Game 4).
What may be most impressive is the versatility that his game offers. On one possession he may channel his inner Magic Johnson, running the floor, then finding Dwayne Wade with an incredible no-look pass.
Then he may become a center, backing down Serge Ibaka or Nick Collison, only to make a turnaround 15-footer look as easy as an open layup (here’s looking at you, James Harden).
And if that’s not enough, he can drive at you with all 6’8” 250 lbs of him with his head down to convert an and-one with ease.
With Game 5 being played in Miami, it’s looking more and more likely that LeBron will finally capture his long-awaited ring. And not to take anything away from Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers, but this championship is all on LeBron. He has taken his game to a whole new level this postseason and the entire NBA has taken notice.
Remember, Michael Jordan was 28 when he won his first title. At 27-years-old, who knows how many rings LeBron could end up with? Not one, not two, not three…you get the point.