LeBron James stands poised on the threshold of silencing many of his critics. His Miami Heat lead the NBA Finals 3-1 with one remaining home game to give him his first NBA Title.
When James jumped from high school straight to the NBA, many predicted that he would rack up championships with ease. Nine years into his NBA career, James is 0-2 in Finals appearances, and has come up small in each of those previous attempts.
But not this time.
James is averaging 29.3 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists per game over the first four games of the finals. He is also dominating his matchup with Kevin Durant.
Durant is scoring, and leading his team, but he is spending so much effort defending James that he has not been himself on the offensive end. Not to mention the time Durant has spent on the bench thanks to all the extra fouls he has picked up in his attempts to guard the much bigger James.
No team in Finals history has won a series they trailed 3-1, despite 30 previous Finals reaching this stage. In fact, no team trailing 3-1 has ever so much as forced a game 7, but the Thunder have reason to hope.
Their three losses have come by a total of 16 points, meaning that just a few bounces in different directions could have this series tied heading into game five. They have the NBA's scoring champion (Durant) sixth man of the year (James Harden) and a point guard who just torched the Heat for 44 points in their last game (Russell Westbrook).
Tonight, with it all on the line, the Heat will rely once again on their star to finally vanquish his demons and take up the mantle of NBA Champion.
Where To Watch: The game can be viewed online at FirstRowSports. It will also be broadcast nationally on ABC at 9 p.m. EDT.
Prediction: The Heat are poised for greatness. They have been playing with a purpose since they went down 2-1 to the Pacers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. They are changing the narrative about themselves with every performance they will write the final chapter tonight.
Predicted Score: Miami over Oklahoma City 101-90.