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.
Opt-O-Reading Foul-O-Reading: *Fart Noise*
Wes Goldberg: Uhhh… hrmmmm. LeBron needed his guys to step up and, really, they did. Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra proved themselves with the aquisition of Rashard Lewis and letting Sweet Lew be Sweet Lew. Wade and Bosh had decent games, too. Of course, LeBron trusts his teammates to give them the ball at the end. Opt-O-Meter at 10. Foul-O-Meter at 10.
David Ramil: 10+. That game leaves such a bad taste in his mouth, but the team did everything possible in his absence (due to some…erratic officiating). I think he made the right play at the end going to Chris Bosh and he won’t be tortured in the media for passing up the shot for one that has worked so often for Miami. The Pacers got their home-cooking, now Miami goes back home for dessert.
Chris Posada: -1000. Or 1000. Which is the one that ranks how badly I want to Ric Flair chop-block Ed Malloy? I hate the narrative of blaming the officials, since I feel that enough happens on the court to decide a game. So I’ll take the high road and say that Indiana needed the game of Paul George’s life–and he was amazing. Miami completely ignoring the fact that they could score points in the area of the court with paint near the basket, LeBron playing 24 minutes, and a free throw difference of 14 in the Pacers favor, and STILL only won by 3 at home. Vegas should probably open the Game 6 line at “Miami – 14 1/2″.
Blaine Hunkins: 9. Everyone showed up except for LeBron. Heck, Wade was hitting three pointers. I absolutely hated that LeBron deferred at the end, but I guess they’ll have to close it out at Home.
5. Get it?…Because he had 5 fouls?
: 10. I have no comments on this game. I don’t have the $25,000 it would take.
Jazmyne Hankerson: 8. LeBron isn’t going to be embarrassed twice that’s for sure. I’m assuming it’s a coincidence that Paul George plays the a superstar by his own free will when he doesn’t have to use energy guarding the best player in the league for 30+ minutes? Yeah, makes sense. He’s going to be in for it on Friday night so he’d better be ready. Not to worry Heat fans, we’ll be back aboard the champion-ship in a few days. (Assuming you were joking about the foul-o-meter)
∞ that is an infinity sign. That’s how I feel about the poorness of the officiating tonight, as LeBron said “I didn’t think they were fouls”. So I’ll take my $25,000 fine and move on with life. Game 6. All Miami. LeBron is going to come out rule the basketball world, like he should have tonight m, and the Heat will be right there with him to advance to a 4th straight NBA Finals. *drops the mic*