Lebron Will Be Stopped.

             I recently watched the documentary that follows Lebron James through his High School years, ‘More than a Game’. Considering how much I dislike James as a person, the documentary manages to highlight a human and dare I say loveable side to him. There’s no doubt he is the best basketball player on the planet at the moment (with an exception to my ‘My Player’ in NBA 2K12), but is he the most valuable? Now that Miami are without the interior presence of Chris Bosh we will see just how valuable he is.
             I’m under the assumption that should anything happen to James, Wade or Bosh, then Miami would still be favourites for the Championship because of how good all 3 players are. However, Indiana made it very clear that the Heat are not the same team when all the 3 superstars aren’t on the floor. Boston revealed this flaw during Game 3 of the Eastern conference Finals. I am however writing this from the air so I’m unaware of the Game 4 result.
             Game 3 highlighted how much length the Heat lack. With Bosh out of the squad, Battier has been forced to play more minutes. With Kevin Garnett in the form he has been in, it wouldn’t have been a surprise for him to post impressive numbers in this series. The number of balls that were thrown over his markers head into the paint during game 3 was insane. He found it so easy to switch on his marker and get basket side. With Rondo as the point guard, Boston were getting a lot of easy buckets. It should also be noted that when Boston play without Kevin Garnett in the playoffs, they concede 29 more points per game on average. Boston doesn’t really have much right to still be in the series and I wouldn’t be surprised if Game 4 ended as a W for Miami. The fact remains however that without Bosh, the Heat have a very big weakness, one that Perkins and Ibaka cannot wait to exploit (assuming OKC beat SAS).
             Oklahoma are a jump shooting team. For a while I thought this would be their downfall against the Lakers. Can they really shoot over 50% from the floor every night?! Unfortunately they can as someone always seems to step up. The talent in the squad is so deep. Westbrook had a terrible game offensively in Game 4 against San Antonio. He is also one of the most passionate players in the league, so even though his shots weren’t falling, his “hustle” stat was maxed out at 99 all night long. He made a lot of key defensive plays.
             I know what you’re thinking- so how many did Durant score? Durant was very, very quiet for the first 3 quarters of the game. It’s how he operates and what he did every game against the Lakers. The man literally turns on a clutch button and starts draining everything in the last 12 minutes, it’s unbelievable. So how did OKC win a few nights ago of Westbrook and Durant were so quiet during the first 3 quarters? James Harden continues to fill the shoes of 6th Man of the Year. Not only that, but Ibaka ended up with 24 points of 10 for 10 shooting. Perkins played more aggressively than I’ve ever seen. Even when certain players don’t show up for OKC until the 4th quarter, or at all in Westbrook’s case, they still have players that put points on the board. Is this the case for Miami?

                                                             Hell no.

             Wade and Lebron have been carrying that team since Bosh has been injured. Yes a few of their players have scored 10/12 points off the bench but they don’t contribute anywhere near as much as Harden and Ibaka have.
             I’m certain that Miami will beat the paint attacking team of Boston, but OKC will provide a very different challenge to Miami. I feel that it would be a much more exciting final than if San Antonio were to overcome Oklahoma.

             Apologies if I hurt your feelings by writing negatively about James. I just really don’t want him to win a ring. A thin line divides arrogance and confidence. A line that Lebron is somehow impervious to.

            
            

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6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Brianna DiGioia on June 6, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Game 4 proved that Boston has more than just a chance to beat the Heat. It also proved that Bosh’s absence in the game was a clear detriment to the rest of their team, leaving James to whine about each missed shot. Once they got him back, Miami regained some of their lagging points, but not fast enough to win. Better than that, they fouled Allen for more time, then cursed themselves for having given two perfect free throws to the one man in basketball who’s a 89% free throw shooter. Oops, Miami.

    So yeah, I’d say Boston has a chance against the Heat, which is all I care about. From there, OKC or San Antonio will probably take the title.

    Great post, Ed!

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  2. Posted by Brianna DiGioia on June 6, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Game 5*

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  3. Posted by onchieonch on June 7, 2012 at 3:08 am

    LeBron James and the Miami Heat is a good team indeed. However compared to the Celtics, they lack passion for the game. Last season, the Celtics were eliminated by the Heat because their line-up is not that good. This season, Brandon Bass, Mickael Pietrus and Keyon Dooling added a little boost to the team. Too bad Avery Bradley was out due to injury.

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  4. It’s Heatcubreporter,
    The HEAT are making a BIG comeback tying it up at 3, so don’t get too excited! I really like your blog! I love video games and basketball, so its a good fit for me!

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    • thanks a lot dude! haha i know, I was too optimistic that boston would win last night but with bosh coming back and Lebron’s ability…I got carried away! I think a OKC Miami final would be more entertaining anyway.
      This summer I’m going to try to get blogs out more regularly about video games but until then feel free to check my older stuff, i wrote about all sorts of video games over the last year!

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