Well, folks, you knew it was coming, but could you stop it? Despite horrible performances from Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, LeBron James has managed to do something that he could only do once with the Cavaliers. He’s advancing to the NBA Finals, and again, playing the Spurs. This time, however, he won’t get swept, and knows what he’s doing. Plus, Dwyane Wade is bound to awaken at some point.
Tonight, the Heat got the very best of the Pacers, as they torched them in an absolute rout. The final score was 99-76. Pacer fans shouldn’t be upset, as they battled with literally a God-like team and went all the way to a Game 7. What they need to realize, however, is with a healthy Danny Granger, they may be able to defeat the Heat. It’s wishful thinking if you’re a Pacers fan, but who else in the Eastern Conference is going to contend?
James finished with 32 points, and 8 rebounds. It was a mess out there for the Pacers, as their star Paul George went for seven points on just 2-9 shooting. It was an ugly night, again, but think about it. The best basketball team in the universe has a Game 7 in their home arena, and they’re one win away from heading to the NBA Finals? Forget about it. The crowd, for once, was electric, and the Pacers never seemed to maintain a grip on the game. This whole series, the story for the Pacers was offensive struggles. Sounds like something Granger, who averaged 25 ppg at one point, could really help fix.
Let’s take a look at some of the team stats: Indiana had 21 turnovers, and 4 steals. Miami, on the other hand, had 11 turnovers, and 11 turnovers, as well as 5 blocks. Their defense was superb, and their trapping even better, as they completely cut off George’s supply of oxygen. Again, the Pacers shouldn’t be upset. They’ll be back.