LeBron Earns His Throne
June 22, 2012 1 Comment
With the Miami Heat victory over the Thunder, LeBron James and Chris Bosh finally got the monkey off their backs for their first title.
Now the pressure to finally win their 1st title is over and done with. LeBron had one of the best postseasons in recent memory, and what makes his postseason even better is that when his team was in need, LeBron came up HUGE.
LeBron AVERAGED 30 PPG, 10 RPG, 6 APG
Those numbers alone are impressive, but his best games came when the Heat desperately needed it. For example, Game 4 in Indiana, the Heat were down 2-1 with no Chris Bosh. This was no doubt the swing game of the series and the winner could go on and win the series. LeBron goes for 40 Points, 18 rebounds, 9 Assists, 2 Steals, and 2 Blocks. The Heat re-gain momentum after that game and go on to defeat the Pacers in a 4-2 series win.
How about game 6 in the conference finals against Boston. With the Heat facing elimination and on the road in Boston, LeBron goes off for 45 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists, and shot a RIDICULOUS 73% from the field.
After that performance, the Heat go on and beat the Celtics in 7 games, but make no mistake about it, if it wasn’t for LeBron’s performance, the Heat would not have even been in the Finals to compete for a championship.
It does not end here..
In the Finals, LeBron played excellent defense on the best pure scorer in the league (Kevin Durant) and literally did everything he could to boost the Heat for their 2nd team championship and his first.
The game that sticks out to me is game 5. All the pressure was on the Heat to close it out on their home court and do anything possible to not go back to Oklahoma City where the Thunder are almost unbeatable. LeBron understood that and treated game 5 like game 7 and his box score is proof.
LeBron CLOSED out the Thunder with a spectacular 26 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists. A triple double to seal the Thunder’s fate and seal his first title and Finals MVP. However, the one thing that stuck out to me was when Mario Chalmers began to celebrate with the crowd in the 3rd quarter of game 5. LeBron quickly came over and literally shut up Chalmers, “It is not over, there is still a lot of basketball to be played”. That showed me that LeBron has learned his lesson from last season, and that he actually was humbled in his horrible Finals experience from last season.
You could just see that LeBron had a different mindset throughout this whole postseason and it is unreal to watch him play at his peak. He does everything; he can kill you on the boards, with the assist, or just put up 40 on you. He is now undoubtedly the best player in the NBA, and he made it quite clear this postseason.
I have been harsh on LeBron, but he has earned my respect.
Congrats to the King.