Now that some time has elapsed, we look back, to the Miami Heat’s epic game 7, victory over a determined San Antonio Spurs team. Reflecting back further; five . . ., six . . ., seven . . ., NBA titles James called out; the Miami Heat has won their second consecutive National Basketball Association championship title on their third consecutive run to the NBA finals. “THE DECISION” announcement by Lebron James made over three years ago was very Decisive. King James along with Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade, Miami’s Big Three, are delivering on what Lebron James promised upon entering his union with the Miami Heat.
The Heat, Spurs’ game 7 score, 95-88, is not indicative of what truly happen in game 7, or the entire series. The Miami Heat came within literally inches of not being in the position they find themselves in today, two-time NBA champions.
The San Antonio Spurs started their pursuit of a fifth NBA championship under Popovich and Duncan, by winning game one, after coming off a 9-10 day break between their 4-2 series with the Memphis Grizzlies before playing The Miami Heat in the finals.
The Chicago Bulls hold the 20th overall pick in Thursday night’s NBA draft, and the team has no shortage of concerns that the selection could be used to address. From the near-certain free-agent departure of playoff hero Nate Robinson to the perpetual quest for shooters around Derrick Rose, the Bulls have plenty of directions they could go with the pick.
Based on the group of players likely to remain on the board when the Bulls make their choice, these three are the most promising for Chicago’s future:
1. Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA
It’s kind of amazing that the Bulls have any shot at the player who entered college as the No. 2-ranked freshman in the country (trailing only probable top pick Nerlens Noel). However, Muhammad’s stock has already slid as far as the late lottery by many projections, so it would only take another few spots to leave him available to Chicago.
For the better part of the last week the Celtics and Clippers attempted to the point of exhaustion to work out a trade that would send Celtics head coach Doc Rivers and forward Kevin Garnett to the Clippers. Trying to get Rivers and Garnett was reportedly an attempt by the Clippers to appease soon-to-be free agent point guard Chris Paul, who wants to be coached by Rivers. But, with the deal seemingly dead after a report on Friday that Rivers informed the Clippers that he is no longer a candidate, it appears the possibility of Paul being coached by Rivers won’t be happening anytime soon.
With the World watching, LeBron James once again showed everybody just what a special talent he is.
His accolades, of which there are many, almost don't do him justice.
In the last 14 months, LeBron has gone from a pantomime villain to one of the most revered sportsmen on the planet. You only have to look at what he's won in that time to see just how much he's accomplished:
- 2x NBA Most Valuable Player (4th Overall).
- 2x NBA Champion.
- 2x NBA Finals Most Valuable Player.
- Olympic Gold Medal (U.S National Team).
Not many players can boast that sort of success in their entire careers, James has done it in just over a year.
This latest NBA championship, may be the sweetest of all.
While his first championship got the proverbial monkey off his back, repeating the feat is an ambition few manage to achieve. Although they were considered the favourites throughout the season, Miami have struggled to assert their dominance at times in these Playoffs. Almost all of their roster has struggled at times in the postseason, either with their shot, their defensive intensity or their health.
Everyone but James.
The “it takes two” formula has shifted positions after the superb, almost miraculous game 6 overtime win the Miami Heat overcame against the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs had a choke hold on the “it takes two” reality, (knock out your opponent; win two games in a row) win an NBA championship title. The Spurs were at the NBA’s Championship Gate and were ready to enter leaving the Miami Heat’s dreams and desires at a second visit at the door of the NBA’s Championship Gate but for various reasons the Spurs could not hold on to enter.
Of course, there is a bevy of reasons from the peanut gallery that have been echoed over the last 30 plus hours about why the Spurs did not hold on:
*** In the second half, the Spurs should have kept going to Tim Duncan in the post despite the double team; he did score 25 points in the first half.
*** Tim Duncan only had eight shot attempts in the second half. Tim Duncan ran out of gas.
*** Tim Duncan should not have been out of the game on two key rebounding situations down the stretch of the game.