There are only three words that could collectively describe how each and every one of the Miami Heat faithful felt after their team’s Game 5 104-98 victory to move one game closer to an NBA championship:
MARIO. MOTHERBLEEPING. CHALMERS.
June 20th is officially Mario Chalmers day in South Florida. During this time, we will apologize for every ill comment we have made on Chalmers behalf and kindly offer our services for the two Epcot Center’s he has dangling between his legs.
“Excuse me for my tardiness. I had to go put water in Russell Westbrook’s dish.”
There was a moment during Sunday night’s Game 3 between the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder that just made me really proud of my team and the organization.
LeBron James’ 29 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists? That’s an average statline for the reigning MVP by this point. Watching James crash the boards and making it a purpose to attack the rim at all costs gave me butterflies, but it wasn’t what made me proud.
Dwyane Wade’s 27 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals, as well as two extremely clutch free throws in the final seconds? It’s nice to Wade step up in a big way, but his game was frustrating to no ends and we’ll get to that.
Shane Battier tying the NBA Finals record for most three-pointers in the first three games with 11? That’s incredible and it’s exactly what the Heat needed in a game where absolutely no one could hit a jumper. Still, it was not the crowning achievement of the night.
And it all started off so well.
When the Miami Heat broke out to an early double-digit lead and a seven point lead at halftime, you had the feeling that this was going to be the road game that they would steal. They were going to punch the Oklahoma City Thunder in the mouth with fundamental passing and astounding execution, while the Thunder could only throw up contested jump shot after jump shot. It had that feeling for the first 24 minutes.
Then the next 24 minutes came, and the Heat forgot how to play basketball.
Straight up forgot how to play. Everything they did in the first half to get that seven point lead at the half they did the opposite of and it led to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook outscoring the Heat on their own in the second half. Overall, the Heat were outscored 58-40 in an awful second half where they abandoned running an offense and played weak defense.
Anybody else feel like it was Christmas morning when they woke up today?
No, the presents weren’t set out under the tree when you came downstairs. You have presents in the form of previews, predictions and highlights to get you excited for the gift you’ll receive at 9pm tonight. It’s the biggest gift you’ll receive today and the one you’ll get the most enjoyment out of over the next two weeks.
Even after those two weeks, you’re going to want to relive them over and over and over again.
Tonight is Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat and the Western Conference champion Oklahoma City Thunder. It’s the Finals the majority of us predicted at the beginning of the season, as well as the Finals we were all hoping for based on the excessive amount of talent and athleticism running through the veins of a number of key players on both sides.
WE PARTY LIKE IT’S 1993 IN THIS.
The Miami Heat had plenty reason to dance and celebrate after their 101-88 Game 7 victory.
It’s what they deserve for a timeless classic of a Game 7 where they ended up defeating the Boston Celtics behind a masterful fourth quarter where they held a 28-15 advantage. That effort was a necessity as the two squads went at it in a barfight for the first 36 minutes.
For one night, the Miami Heat became the Cleveland Cavaliers.
For one night, we could care less. In a 98-79 victory where your three-time MVP scored 45 points, grabs 15 boards and dishes out five assists, you really could care less how your team looks. The type of basketball that was played on Thursday was the exact opposite of how the Heat want to be run.
However, it was the type of basketball that needed in order for the Heat to get out of the unfriendly confines of the TD Garden and back on a jet heading to the M.I.A. for a decisive Game 7, which will ultimately decide who is making it to the NBA Finals to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder.
I wanted to write a recap for Game 5. Honestly, I really did.
I could have listed the infinite number of problems that led to them losing the most significant game of the year, but I just couldn’t bring myself to it. It wasn’t because I’d feel like garbage writing how my team can’t consistently execute down the stretch on either side of the ball, but because I’d be allowing my emotions to dictate how the article would flow.