The Spurs beat the Heat. Miami couldn’t beat the heat. And there was the story of Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
Would Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, or even Carmelo Anthony sit out the end of a Finals game due to the heat?
If we may make the small assumption that the Miami Heat will bag their third consecutive title next month, it will infuse a few watts to the charged debate about LeBron James’s place in NBA history.
The question now isn’t where LeBron James will be playing in 2014-15. It’s whether he — or anyone else — will suit up at all.
The cold truth is that these guys are limited in what they can be counted on to do night-in and night-out. And this series has proven that those limits make it awfully hard to take down a King.
LeBron James tied his playoff career high with 49 points, Chris Bosh made the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 57 seconds left, and the Miami Heat beat the Brooklyn Nets 102-96 on Monday night for a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Joe Johnson scored 19 points, Andray Blatche had career playoff highs of 15 points and 10 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets handed the Miami Heat their first loss this postseason, 104-90 on Saturday night in Game 3.
LeBron James scored 22 points, Chris Bosh added 18 and the Miami Heat took a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series by beating the Brooklyn Nets 94-82 on Thursday night.
Kevin Durant has plenty of scoring titles. Now, he finally has an MVP trophy to go with them.
They say star players win championships. The Heat have three of them — and two straight titles. Kidd and the Nets are hoping to stop them in their tracks.
The Nets swept the regular-season series, and that has the Heat’s full attention as the sides get ready to lock horns in the playoffs. Miami, the league’s two-time defending champion, will host Game 1 on Tuesday night.
We the North? Sorry, Toronto. After a nail-biting triumph, Brooklyn is moving on to Miami. “We’re still trying to earn our respect as a team, as a franchise,” Nets forward Paul Pierce said.
After taking some time to get my heart rate back to where it should be, I’m ready to dig into how the Nets can unseat the two-time defending champions.
Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City is No. 2 on the list, followed by the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, Chicago’s Derrick Rose, Golden State’s Stephen Curry and New York’s Carmelo Anthony.
A season sweep of the defending champs? Yeah, Brooklyn is for real. But LeBron James doesn’t sound too worried about the red-hot Nets.