The Galactic Empire has taken over and as Star Wars fans know, the bad guys win for the first two and-a-half movies. It will be a long time before anyone knocks off the Heat.
There is nothing that James cannot do on the basketball court, and there is nothing he did not do in the playoffs.
He guarded all five positions with devastating effectiveness: He scored in the post, he scored on the perimeter, he dominated on the glass and he managed to stay unselfish and dish out plenty of assists along the way.
He finished the playoffs with averages of 30.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game.
The narrative that James is not clutch or cannot get it done in crucial situations is gone. ESPN Stats & Info noted the following via Twitter.
#Heat: 1st NBA team ever to win title after trailing in 3 different postseason series— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 22, 2012
The Heat’s ability to come back in each of these series was entirely due to James.
When the team went down 2-1 to the Indiana Pacers after losing Chris Bosh to injury in Game 1, James came out in Game 4 and posted 40 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists to tie the series.
When Miami went down 3-2 to the Boston Celtics, James dropped 45 points, 15 rebounds and five assists to force a Game 7.
In Game 2 of the finals, he had 32 points, eight rebounds and five assists and hit two clutch free throws to ice the game and start Miami’s four-game win streak.
Each time the Heat needed James to be at his best for a crucial game, he delivered. Game 5 was no exception, as Miami would have had to go back to Oklahoma City in order to close the series had they lost.
But James posted his first triple-double of the year with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists. It is no coincidence that Miami’s role players finally stepped up on the same night that James tied his season-high for assists.
James showed courage and maturity throughout the playoff run, and he has finally arrived as an NBA champion. Now, he will have the confidence that comes with a title to go along with his unmatched talent.
The league MVP and the finals MVP proved that he is unstoppable. He has improved every season he has been in the NBA and will continue to do so.
He is the best player in basketball and has answered every question his critics have raised. There is nothing that can stop him now, and the Heat will keep on winning.
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