Friday, June 8, 2012

Game 7, Heat vs. Celtics: What to Expect from LeBron James




In Game 6, LeBron James put on one of the greatest playoff performances of all time.

19 for 26 is something truly special. You can do the math - that's over seventy percent. Of course he hit his shots around the basket, but he drained nearly every jumper and outside shot he took.

He was unstoppable.

Not only did he put on an offensive clinic, but to the disgust of LeBron's haters, James' performance was one of the most clutch of all time. His legacy was on the line - as was the future of the Miami Heat. People had already begun speculating how to break up the Big Three in Miami.

And many people were watching - probably hoping he would fail.

Don't forget: this amazing show was against a team that allowed less than 90 points per game in the regular season.

So what should we expect from King James in Game 7?

Well, the three-time NBA MVP has averaged over 30 points and nearly 10 assists this postseason, and if he wants to take over a game he can (and must) do it.

Dwyane Wade has been too inconsistent this postseason, and it is hard to expect an outstanding performance from the recently reactivated Chris Bosh.

We have seen that the role players perform pathetically, too. In Game 6, three-point specialist Mike Miller missed all three of his three-pointers and Udonis Haslem managed to make only two of his six shots.

With that in mind, James will be nothing short of spectacular - he knows the Heat depend on him. He may not shoot 19 of 26 - but he doesn't need to do that. If he stays within himself and makes somewhere just shy of 60 percent of his shots and goes for 35, he will be just fine.

On top of that, there is no reason why LeBron can't record a triple-double.

If he can impact the game at both ends of the floor - like he has been doing - the Celtics won't be able to stop him. Even though they may be the most playoff-experienced team left in the playoffs, the talent of LeBron James will be too much to overcome.

Last year in the playoffs, as we all know, LeBron failed to show up when it mattered most. He has already shown that he will not make the same mistake this year, with incredibly clutch performances against the Pacers and the Celtics, two teams that are more well-rounded than the Heat.

LeBron James proved that at his best, is one of the greatest players of all time - and certainly better than Kobe Bryant.

He will perform like he can, and should lead the Heat into the Finals.

Not only that, but if LeBron James keeps his mouth shut and continues to play like he wants to win a title, he will.

Yes, it's really that simple.



View this on the Bleacher Report here.

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