Earlier today, I gauged my own reaction to the Heat’s Game 5 victory — right now, I gauge the reactions of our two staff writers, Kris, and Ehsan.
1. Your first thought after Game 5 ended:
LeBron James is really good, but he can’t win a championship with these pathetic versions of Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. LeBron came to Miami under the belief that he had two other shoulders to carry the expectations and responsibilities of a championship contender, but he finds himself in a similar situation to the Cleveland days. Hopefully Bosh and Wade have more pride and can change the status quo.
One more win, and the annoying Pacers are in the Heat’s rearview mirror. Who would have thought that any NBA team could be more annoying than the Bulls?
2. Your reaction to the Chris Andersen — Tyler Hansbrough incident?
I didn’t think anything of it. Hansbrough is known to be an instigator, and even though he didn’t actually do anything, the writing was on the wall for this. Should Andersen have been ejected? Yes. His knock-down and extra push were unnecessary, but hopefully he isn’t suspended, because it’s not suspension worthy.
Part of me was screaming at Anderson for his stupid mistake and the other part of me wanted to see Anderson knock Tyler out. Still pretty fresh in my mind on how he smacked Dwyane Wade across the face just a season ago.
1. Who impressed you the most in Game 5, and why?
Udonis Haslem showed why the Heat made sure he came back after the remodeling of the team in 2010. His gritty play and enforcer-like mentality provides the spark Miami seems to need at times. He had another game where he went 8-9 from the field (he also went 8-for-9 in Game 3) and his protection of Mario Chalmers pushed the Heat’s energy level to the max.
Mario Chalmers was the main reason the Heat were in Game 4 and the same could be said about the first half of Game 5. Mario has been the Heat’s most consistent player over the past two games and without him, the Heat are probably where the Pacers are right now, trailing this series 2-3.