6/8 Opt-O-Reading: 10
Wes Goldberg: 10. Let’s focus less on the numbers and more on the supporting cast Pat Riley has put together. During a key stretch in the second quarter, Spo went with Ray Allen instead of Dwyane Wade to create more space for LeBron. What did he do? Attacked. Wade being on the bench gave him plenty of rest to help keep the game in check when James went to the bench at the end of the third and for some of the fourth quarter. Bosh and Shard had big games too. This is a team made for LeBron.
David Ramil: You could call it projecting but I think this was such a positive win and with key contributions from everybody, you’d have to say it’s a 10. James was ridiculous but Wade, Bosh, Allen and Rashard Lewis stepped up big. Awesome win.
Ehsan Kassim: 10. Can we have Heat-Spurs Finals every season? Repeat and on a loop?
Chris Posada: 10! Because going higher is just overkill. This series is going to take years off my life. LeBron went superhuman in the second half, finishing with 35/10. Chris Bosh was your dinosaur tonight with a big 3 late, followed by the pass to seal the game. Series restarts on Tuesday. Get your popcorn ready!
Jimmy Cook: 10. It wasn’t pretty, but at the end it was beautiful. LeBron 35pts-10reb-3ast-2stl, Bosh 18pts-3reb-game clinching assist, Wade 14pts-7reb-4ast-game clinching layup, Rashard Lewis 14pts, Ray Allen 9pts. These numbers were unreal!! The only issue was a lack of bench scoring. The rotation is small and that scares me a little bit going forward, as I’m curious to see if Miami can keep up its energy for the full 48. They needed to do that and play perfect for the final minutes of the 4th qtr. And do that they did, tying this series 1-1 in the process. This was another beautiful performance by LeBron, and an amazing rebound by the Heat defense after a sluggish 1st Qtr. Despite all of this the Heat must be careful, because 8 missed FTs by the Spurs is one of the real difference makers in this game. Perfect basketball is what it takes to be a champion, and tonight the advantage went to Miami. I’m just happy to be headed back to the friendly confines of AmericanAirlines Arena, where the Heat are a perfect 8-0 this postseason. All of Heat Nation will be needed on Tuesday, as the hope of a Trey by the Bay hangs in the balance. 13 down, 3 to go.
Kristopher Keaton: Easily a 10. I think we need to heed the signs: when LeBron says he doesn’t care what people think, then he doesn’t care what people think. Blocked out the noise and played like the best in the world.