The Pacers were the #1 seed in the REGULAR SEASON, and were set to cruise to the ECF, but they didn’t. Roy Hibbert was supposed to be the 7’2″ water gun that extinguished the Heat, but he has been terrible. Paul George was an early season MVP candidate and was supposed to be a legit threat to LeBron’s throne, but he has been a pedestrian to put it kindly. Lance Stephenson was supposed to be in LeBron’s head, he hasn’t. And on the Heat side, Dwyane Wade was supposed to be finished and maybe out of the league and way past his prime. All those sensationalist storylines have all been debunked one by one by your Miami Heat.
The Heat are up 3-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals and are just one win away from their fourth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals. Only two teams have made it to the championship round four seasons in a row. Magic Johnson’s Los Angeles Lakers from 1982-85 and Larry Bird’s Celtics from 1984-87. Now that LeBron ” not 1,not 2, not 3, … sounds more like a threat than a punchline. Scary.
On Monday night, the Heat started as if they were shot out of a cannon. More specifically, Bosh started as if he was shot out of a cannon. The Heat looked to get him going early, and it worked. He scored the Heat’s first 8 points and propelled the team to a lead they would never lose. Bosh finished with 25 points, drilling 3 three-pointers, and 6 rebounds. Wade was as aggressive as ever but his effectiveness lacked; he added 15 points and went 7-7 front the stripe. As for LeBron, he dominated (as he often does). The Lance Stephenson comments seem to just fuel him more (bad move Lance). LeBron finished with 32 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Lance Stephenson shot just 7 times, totaling in 9 points.
The Heat are now making their way to Indy to try and close the series out in five games and await the winner of SAS vs OKC battle in the West.
WEDNESDAY: GAME 5 at Indiana.