Earlier today, I wrote a post talking about LeBron James needing to have a big game despite playing at home. I did math and predicted LeBron’s stat line would look like this: 10-23 from the field, 30 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.
So what did he do in Game 5?
James finished 11-25 from the field, 30 points, 13 rebounds, and two assists. Yes, I was off a bit, but it showed that my two+ hours of research paid-off, this time anyway. I said “Miami has a great chance to win” if he were to put up those numbers.
But they didn’t win.
Instead, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and the rest of the Boston Celtics stormed into South Beach, played 48 tough minutes, and walked out with a Game 5 victory and now hold an edge in the series, 3-2. They got a big contribution from role player Mickael Pietrus, who finished with 13 points on 5-8 shooting, including two big-time three-pointers, and a lot of hustle. Garnett finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds, hitting a big base-line jump shot and two free-throws in the last minute. Enough can’t be said about “The Truth” (Pierce). Despite shooting 6-19 from the field, Pierce scored eight huge points in the fourth quarter, draining a big three-pointer in James’ face with 52 seconds left in the game.
The Heat was led by James (30 points) and Wade (13 points in the 4th; 27 for the game). The return of Chris Bosh didn’t help the Heat. Bosh finished with nine points and seven rebounds in 14 minutes, but didn’t play any minutes in the final quarter.
So where do the Heat go from here? Not much more can be said. If the Heat loses in Game 6, I think Erik Spoelstra will be fired. I don’t think he was the right coach for the Heat from the start. He hasn’t implemented an offense and the defense is suspect, to say the least. I think Miami will be looking for a new coach in the offseason.
As for the team? I don’t think Pat Riley will blow this team up. They have made it to the Finals and, at the very least, Eastern Conference Finals (without Bosh) in the first two years.
As for LeBron’s comments? I don’t think the Heat is going to be winning six, seven, or eight titles.
Right now, they’d be lucky to get one.
I don’t care if he was joking or not.