With the Miami Heat on the brink of elimination, the social chatter was at maximum volume.
Pregame Chatter: Dwyane Wade Must Step Up
For most of this series, Dwyane Wade was very unpredictable. Going into Game 5, some analysts and journalists expressed the significance of Wade's performance.
Heat need active and explosive Dwyane Wade, not space killing and decrepit Dwyane Wade.— Robin Lundberg (@robinlundberg) June 15, 2014
In the Heat's Game 4 loss, Wade shot 3-of-13 and only scored 10 points. After the poor performance, some questioned his health.
Something looks wrong with Wade's knees, practically standing still off the ball, not engaged in the play.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) June 13, 2014
Wade actually played pretty well for the first three games of this series, shooting 53.8 percent from the field and averaging 18.3 points per game.
The Heat desperately needed Wade to step up in Game 5, but unfortunately he did not. In the series-clinching game Sunday night, he shot 4-of-12 and only scored 11 points.
At this point, it is fair to say that Wade is no longer a top 20 guard in the NBA.
In-Game Chatter: LeBron James Has No Help
While the San Antonio Spurs were putting on an offensive clinic, people could not stop talking about the Heat.
Throughout the game, some analysts were posting stats comparing LeBron James' scoring numbers to the rest of the Heat.
Over the last 6 quarters, LeBron has outscored the rest of Miami's starters 48-46.— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) June 16, 2014
LeBron got off to an incredibly hot start, scoring 17 points in the first quarter, giving the Heat a 29-22 lead. Soon after LeBron started to cool off, the Spurs took over.
Supporting cast question: Is it too late for LeBron James to trade the other Heat starters for the Spurs bench?— CBSSports.com (@CBSSports) June 16, 2014
Without anyone else capable of scoring consistently for the Heat, the game shortly became a blowout. Not counting LeBron, the Heat's starting lineup was outscored 47-32 by the Spurs bench.
This series showed how weak the Eastern Conference is compared to the West.
Postgame Chatter: Where Will LeBron Play Next Season
For the first five minutes, Twitter exploded with congratulations to the San Antonio Spurs, but shortly after, LeBron once again became the focus.
LeBron has the ability to opt out of his contract this summer, and many are already speculating where he might go.
LeBron James plays in ____________ next year.— SportsNation (@SportsNation) June 16, 2014
Not only did the Heat lose, they lost badly. Chris Bosh and Wade both looked adequate at best, and LeBron might be better off surrounding himself with younger talent.
Of course, free agency hasn't started yet, and everything you hear is mere speculation.
The NBA offseason is only August and September. The fun is about to begin.— Robin Lundberg (@robinlundberg) June 16, 2014
With Carmelo Anthony and LeBron as potential free agents, and Kevin Love potentially on the trading block, this summer could redefine the look of the NBA.
No matter what happens with Lebron and the Heat, I think it's fair we all give appreciation to the San Antonio Spurs for playing some of the most beautiful basketball ever seen.
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