Editor’s note: After every playoff game the All U Can Heat staff weighs in on the “LeBron James Opt-O-Meter” — the real-time measurement of LeBron’s mood in regards to whether or not he will stay in Miami after he opts out of his contract this summer. It’s not difficult to understand: 1 means he’s gone, like ‘Seeyuh, Miami, I’m going to Los Angeles’ gone. 10 means he’s staying, like already signed the contract in red gel pen staying. Like going in on South Florida-based investments with David Beckham staying. The reading is the average combined rating from the AUCH staff.
5/6 Opt-O-Reading: 10
Wes Goldberg: 10. LeBron saw just what leaving your Championship team for other pastures looks like. Well, a zombified version of it at least.
David Ramil: Still a 10. The Heat shot nearly 57% on all shot attempts and 40% from behind the line. Great start to the series and he couldn’t be more satisfied with the win. MVP trophies don’t matter as much as championship rings.
Ehsan Kassim: 10. The Heat are now just 7 wins away from the finals and 11 away from a 3-peat. Ray Allen finally had a huge game and the Heat have looked like the most dominant team thus far this postseason.
Blaine Hunkins: 10. The Heat played one of their best games of the year. Allen got hot in the second half and LeBron was hitting all of his midrange jumpers. The supporting cast played well collectively, giving LeBron some much needed rest at the end of the game. Wade looked a little rusty, but when Allen can give you 19, it really doesn’t matter how Wade plays.
Kristopher Keaton: 10. The role players did their jobs and made LeBron’s night easier.
Jimmy Cook: 10. What regular season? Heat easily dispatch of Nets and take a 1-0 series lead. 58% shooting from the field, 39% from 3, 15 points off turnovers, 36 points from the bench, 52 points in the paint. Dwayne looked fresh as can be with a 14pts-5ast-4reb line, Bosh was solid with a 15pts-11reb-3ast outing, and the King himself dominate with a 22pts-5reb-3ast performance. With stats like these, why would LeBron take his talents anywhere else but South Beach? 5 down, 11 to go.