The Big 3 celebrate
In the NBA there are two kinds of fans, the Miami Heat fans and the Miami haters. Unfortunately for the Heat most of the hatred of their team were brought to Miami by their leader – LeBron James. James decided to take his talents to South Beach after feeling that his team then, the Cleveland Cavaliers will have a long hard time to surround him with the talents needed for an NBA title which to him is the ultimate goal in playing in the NBA. By transferring to Miami his quest for an NBA ring suddenly became legitimate once again and after learning a lot from another frustrating title run in 2010, LeBron eventually got his second ring today as the Heat finally put an end to the gallant stand of the San Antonio Spurs in game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals 95- 88 to win the both the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Le Bron put aside all the negative vibes hurled at him, focused and led the Miami surge with 37 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals as he bagged his second Bill Russell trophy to cap his scintillating NBA Finals finish.
Wade stuffs it in
James teamed up with a resurgent Dwayne Wade who came out with a double -double performance as he scored 23 points and also got 10 rebounds. The two other bright spots on the Heat’s surge was the play - off seldom used Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers. Battier sank 6 for 8 from beyond the arc to contribute 18 points while Chalmers outdid Spurs point guard Tony Parker by scoring 14 points. The only missing link in the Heat trio was Chris Bosh who went 0 for 5 from the field but pulled down 7 important rebounds had 2 assists and a block. Ray Allen, Mike Miller and Udonis Haslem went scoreless too. Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 24 points and 12 rebounds while Kawhi Leonard chipped in 19 points and 16 rebounds. Manu Ginobli and Tony Parker added 18 and 10 points respectively.
Duncan vs Wade
The 2012 – 2013 version of the Miami can be described as a Team that never gave up and played better when they had their backs on the wall. In the second round they were stunned by the over achieving Chicago Bulls, in the Eastern Finals they were pounded by the Indiana Pacers and in the NBA finals they were on the brink of losing the title but just like the previous year, they found ways to get together and eventually win the game and eventually the series. In game 6, with 28 seconds left and facing a five point deficit, hordes of Miami fans left the stadium, the court was being cordoned off in preparation for the awarding ceremonies and the Spurs were on the verge of celebrating a fifth title when the worst meltdown in NBA finals history happened. Credit that to the Heat’s resilience who never gave up and found a way to force a game 7.
Bosh was a flop on offense
To the San Antonio Spurs, you have nothing to be ashamed of. Coach Gregg Popovich is a class on his own as he figured a way to stop Lebron and more importantly devised innovative sets to be able to have his shooters come out shooting with guns ablaze. If there is one person who will always be remembered in this series it’s got to be Danny Green who has become the fourth weapon of the Spurs and is ready to take the spot of Manu Ginobli as a part of the new big 3.
LeBron went 5 of 10 from beyond the arc
Now that the season is over, a lot of teams will surely beef up their line ups for a chance to stop the Heat from getting a third straight title. The Pacers are a player or two away from that, Kevin Durant & Russel Westbrook will surely come back next year with vengeance, and don’t forget the Black Mamba. At the same time a lot of NBA stars will test the waters of free agency and a lot of trades will be done to be able to match the Heat who themselves need a lot of tweaking to do in the off season.
Focus on the game and not what people say
It is a fact that a lot of people hated LeBron when he transferred to Miami. But for LeBron he would rather be criticized as a winner than praised individually but come out without a ring. After winning two titles with the Heat Lebron has proven his critics that he made the right decision. Unfortunately for the NBA he is only 28 years old and has lots of good years ahead of him. Who knows how many he will get when his career is done. For now, two titles will suffice and let’s congratulate the rest of the Miami Heat for helping Lebron achieve his dream for that is the reason he went to south beach, to be able to get the needed help to win.
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