Sunday, June 15, 2014

LeBron Shines, Heat Freeze

The Larry O’Brien Trophy is on the line in San Antonio tonight, and no one will be surprised if the Spurs are champions when Father's Day comes to a close. The Heat have been outmatched, outgunned, and out-manned in every facet of the game during two consecutive brutal home losses. So why should we expect anything different tonight?

Well, don’t mention this to Skip Bayless, but LeBron is having one of his best Finals' performances ever. Of course, America will always judge its athletes on wins and losses, so if the Heat lose this series in five games, his numbers won’t amount to much. The point remains though, that LeBron is shooting a ridiculous 60% from the field through four games, including 11-for-17 from downtown. So much for deep shots being his "weakness." By comparison, King James didn’t shoot above 50% from the field in any of his first four Finals' appearances.

What makes his performance even more impressive is that he’s doing it without help from his teammates. That’s exactly what needs to change in Game 5 if the Heat want to go back to South Beach for a potential Game 6. Dwyane Wade looks like a tired, broken down shell of his former self, so barring an energy drink miracle for Wade, Chris Bosh is the guy who must step up.  After receiving just 12 total offensive touches in Game 3, Bosh came back to attempt 11 shots in Game 4. Even that number needs to rise at this point. Look for Miami to find the lanky big man early and often in the pick-and-pop game tonight. He's more than capable of a big night, so they’ll need some much needed assertiveness, and dare we say, toughness, if they want him to be the difference. 

SnapCall will start the festivities at 8:55pm ET. Don’t be late to the party!

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