The Miami Heat are 3-0 this post-season when they are a game behind in a series. They are also 2-0 in elimination games this post-season, and the reason for both of these things? Lebron James. When James feels these playoffs, or a series, or now the finals slipping away, he needs only take at his mouthpiece, look at the Roman numeral XVI, and know how far left he has to go. The Heat have won 13 games and are three away from their first championship of the LeBron era, and 2nd in franchise history.
Can the Heat bring it, though, in a Game 3 against the Thunder that lacks the desperation of a Game 6 or 7 elimination game? We’ll see. LeBron has had the eye of the tiger, since Game 6 of the Boston Celtics series, even though he lost it for a bit at the end of Game 1.
When asked why the Heat are better when desperate LeBron had this to say, “I don’t know,” he replied. “I guess when we’re behind and when we’re down, that’s the best time people like to see us at. People like to see us when we’re behind and see how we’re going to react or make adjustments going into the next game.”
What’s interesting is that answer suggests that James is at his best, when he knows millions of people are watching him and some are wanting him to fail. It is an outwardly generated motivation, instead of coming from within James.
Chris Bosh believes it is more a matter of effort than talent with the Heat, and would like to see maximum effort the rest of the series.
“I’d like to stay ahead from now on,” Bosh said. “I don’t think it’s a question of talent with this team, it’s a question of effort. As long as we bring the effort and the determination and we play in that desperate form, we’re really tough to beat. We can’t let our guard down because we’re at home. We’ve got to turn it up another notch. We have to keep getting better as we get deeper into this series.”
If the Heat want to win this series, then they need to play their most desperate basketball right now. Before it is too late.