Category Archives: Miami Heat
Its done. The King has been crowned. LeBron James and the Miami Heat won their first title in the “Big Three” era as they defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 4 games to 1 in the NBA Finals. LeBron James monster run throughout the Finals and the playoffs continued as he tore through the Thunder for a triple double of 26 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds. However, it was Mike Millers BIG 23 points off the bench that pushed the Heat over the edge as they won by a 15 point margin but it aws much bigger throughout the game.
Whilst it was hugely dissapointing for the Thunder to go down, it was another huge step forward. This is a ridiculously young team here and they have the core to win a championship. As LeBron James said after the game, watch out for the Thunder!
The Oklahoma City Thunder overcame a half time deficit to continue their perfect home playoff run as they defeated the Miami Heat in Game One of the NBA Finals 94-105. Kevin Durant was his usual ridiculous best scoring 36 points. LeBron James had 30 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in the losing effort. Dwyane Wade added 19 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds.
Russell Westbrook was massive for the Thunder, giving them the second scoring option they needed as Harden was well guarded by Wade and the Heat. Westbrook had 27 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists in a near triple double effort. Shane Battier also added 17 for the Heat giving them an unexpected boost
The Boston Celtics took a major advantage against the Miami Heat as they won in Miami and can now go home to close out the series. The Celtics have gone from the “old” Celtics to a winning team. TD Garden will surely be roaring when the C’s return home for Game 6 and KG will be doing the same. The men in green have all the momentum heading home.
“They jumped on us at the beginning of the game and we just told our guys to just hang in there. Just hang in there. Don’t overreact. Hang in there. The longer we’re in the game, the better we’ll play.”
— Celtics coach Doc Rivers
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 57 points but not a single other player registered in double figures for the Heat. For the Celtics, Garnett had 26 points and 11 rebounds while Paul Pierce scored 19 points.
Marquis Daniels was certainly prepared to play as he provided the spark to help the Celtics win their first game at home. The Celtics got 20+ points from three of their big four as Garnett, Pierce and Rondo all poured in the points.
LeBron James was unstoppable as he had 34 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists but did not receive a great deal of help from his partner in crime as Wade only added 18 points.
The Miami Heat overcame a large deficit and a monster game from Rajon Rondo to steal game two of the NBA Eastern Coference finals from the Boston Celtics.
The Boston Celtics got close but were unable to steal home court advantage as they lost game one in Miami. An offensively anaemic night for the Celtics, they were right in the game until the third quarter. But after that the Heat exploded in the fourth with LeBron James taking the game by storm.
LeBron finished with 32 points and 13 rebounds while completely blanketing Paul Pierce. Kevin Garnett appeared to be the only offensive option for the Celtics at times an ended up with 23 points. However the Celtics for need him to be more aggressive as the Big Ticket gave up the ball in one on one situations at times. They have to be his every time the Heat leave him with single coverage.
The Miami Heat duo of LeBron and Wade heaped the pressure back onto the Indiana Pacers as they took Game Four in Indiana by 8 points. LeBron especially had a ridiculous evening, scoring 40 points, pulling down 18 rebounds and adding 9 assists and 2 steals on the side. Unbelievable. Dwyane Wade had 30 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists.
Danny Granger had 20 points to lead the Pacers in a losing effort.
“It comes down to this: yes, you can get the ball out of their hands and make other guys make plays but you get the ball out of one of those guys’ hands and it finds its way to the other guy. It’s not just like one superhero and a bunch of role players. You’ve got to worry about the other guy.”
— Indiana coach Frank Vogel
The Miami Heat took an early series lead as they took down the Indiana Pacers in Game One of their series. 3-time and newly crowned MVP LeBron James dominated the game with a match leading performance of 32 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. Dwyane Wade provided ample assistance as he scored 29 points. However, it was not all good news for the Heat as they lost Chris Bosh to an abdominal strain early in the game. For a team that struggles with size, the return of Bosh is paramount to this teams success. He may not be the best player in a Heat uniform but he may very well be the most important.
“We are going to have to get him better shots. I don’t know if he’s going to have a huge offensive series, especially when he has to guard LeBron James for 38 minutes. That takes a lot out of your offensive game.”
— Pacers head coach Frank Vogel on Granger’s struggles.
David West made the most of Chris Bosh’s absence, scoring 17 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. Center Roy Hibbert also played well as he scored 17 points and had 11 rebounds while fighting through foul trouble. Danny Granger on the other hand quickly realised that he would not be getting the same shots against LeBron as he did against the Magic, only scoring 7 points on 1-10 shooting.
The Miami Heat brought an end to any though of a New York Knick resurgence as they snuffed out their season 94-106 at home. LeBron James kept up his ridiculous play as he pushed for a triple double, dominant with 29 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh added 19 points apiece for the Heat.
Carmelo Anthony did all that he could to stretch out the Knicks postseason as he scored 35 points on 15-31 shooting. Few others assisted him however as Stoudemire only added 19 points while Steve Novak did not even get a shot off. The Heat have guarded the three like rabid dogs, robbing the Knicks of an essential weapon. Their athleticism and more importantly LeBron James could very well carry them deep into these playoffs.
It finally happened. It took 11 years but the Knicks have at last won a playoff game. What made it even more rewarding was that it was in front of a raucous Madison Sqaure Garden crowd. The hero of NYC for the night was Carmelo Anthony, who finally exploded in this series as he poured in 41 points. Amare Stoudemire also had 20 as the two All Stars finally combined for a winnning result. The night was marred for Knick fans though as veteran guard Baron Davis went down with a dislocated knee cap.
LeBron James did all he could to get the win for the Heat with 27 including a huge three to make the win look likely for the Heat. Dwyane Wade also added in 22 points. Despite no other player scoring in double figures, the Heat simply were not able to reign in the combined might of STAT and Melo.