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.
5/14 Opt-O-Reading: 9.86
Wes Goldberg: 10. Miami is advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals for the fourth year in a row and Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Ray Allen came up big. The rest of the supporting cast was shut out, but it’s tough to turn your back on success.
David Ramil: Back to 10. Huge game from Wade, big shots from Bosh (are there any other kind) and Ray, and defense when it mattered most. Not to mention a huge boost from the home crowd. Watching LeBron jump on the scorers table after the game and reveling in the crowd noise was very encouraging.
Blaine Hunkins: 10. Heat make a miraculous comeback in the final five minutes, and Jesus Shuttlesworth saves them yet again. LeBron got off to a slow start, but hit a key three pointer in the fourth. Wade was solid and so was Bosh. LeBron got all the help he needed tonight, is headed to the ECF for the fourth straight year, so why not stay in South Beach?!