Exhale. Breathe. Exhale. Breathe. Remember to breathe.
So many things to cover: LeBron James injury, Mario Chalmers epic performance, DWade’s leadership and Shane Battier wanting it more than anyone else on the floor.
We start with Russell Westbrook, a man who just put on the 2nd epic point guard performance against the Miami Heat of these playoffs. Interestingly though: both in games that Miami ended up winning. Westbrook was unstoppable going to the rim…but it kept Durant from taking over. Time and again Westbrook passed up on making easy shots for Durant and shot himself. He was amazing but he was not leading the team to victory.
LeBron James got hurt on a seemingly innocent drive where he looked as if he blew a tire. Vicious cramps all but ended his game…except for a one legged drive and then a one legged three! Without LeBron the team managed to pull out the win thanks to the fantastic and timely play of Mario Chalmers and Chris Bosh.
DWade was a little more treat than trick this evening and managed to provide solid leadership throughout the game.
A truly magnificent game by the Heat – coming back from a brutal Thunder charge from out of the gate and then weathering the storm enough to gut out a win. This is what it takes.
Shane Battier knows. He is doing whatever it takes and his tip on the jump ball may have been the most significant play of his career. He wanted it more, simply wanted to get it done. Battier leapt for the ball and managed to tip it to Chalmers. Westbrook transforming again into an extremely young player fouled Chalmers right away completely uneccessarily.
Miami wanted it more tonight and even with ‘Bron on the sideline, they managed to get it done.