If you thought Game 2 would be as easy as Game 1 was, you haven’t watched much Miami-based basketball.
Before we get into the seemingly endless, meandering event that is a Miami Heat playoff victory, let’s get one thing out of the way first.
Watching the Miami Heat struggle to size up against Roy Hibbert as if he were their taller, crueler older brother evoked past memories of what nearly prevented them from making the NBA Finals last year.
A physically-beaten Dwyane Wade enters the lockerroom, sits near LeBron James, scans and notices the rest of his comrades are as dejected as he is.
If I told Gregg Popovich that Tony Parker would have a game-winner, two 20-point games from Tim Duncan, unconscious shooting performances from Danny Green and Gary Neal for three consecutive games, and not one member of the Miami Heat’s ‘Big Three’ would score 20 points until Game 4, it’s safe to say that the permanent scowl etched on his face would still be there and he’d probably tell me to get off his lawn.
But he would be satisfied with it, deep down in the black crevices of his once beating heart.
But would he be satisfied with all of those circumstances working in San Antonio’s favor if it only meant a tied series through four games? Would he be pleased with a 2-2 result knowing that his Spurs have shot 50 percent or better from beyond the arc in three consecutive games?
We’re not doing this again, are we?
Can’t be. They just can’t be. It can’t be a repeat of 2011. We were supposed to be past that. The demons were supposed to have been exercised last year when LeBron James averaged 28 points and dropped a solid triple-double in the championship-clincher.
But here we are again. The Miami Heat struggling in the NBA Finals, and no player struggling more with their game than LeBron James, who has not been a stranger to faltering at this stage of the game.