I speak from heavy experience when I say that you never know which LeBron is going to show up in the postseason. Is it going to be the LeBron that scored 29 of the last 30 points to beat the Pistons in the '07 playoffs or the LeBron that tanked in games 5 and 6 against the Celtics in his last time in a Cavaliers uniform? That's the million dollar question.
Wednesday night, in game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Miami heat definitely got the '07 James.
LeBron finished with an impressive 29 points in the game but it was his final 9 that stands out the most. With the game virtually deadlocked with a little over 4 minutes left, it was James that delivered his team from what was a tight game to a 85-75 win, doing it on both sides of the court. With the win, the Heat were able to avenge a game 1 beatdown and leave Chicago with a 1-1 tie, thus taking over home court advantage.
"We got that one that we needed," Wade, who put up 24 points, said. "Now, we go home and we've got to take care of business. This team right here is like us. They can win at home and on the road."
Though the end result was a 10 point Heat win, this game was anything but a blowout. Miami led by 2 at half and managed to keep the lead for most of the second half until a ferocious back and forth fourth gave us a game that was anyone's for the taking. In this game, it was the Heat stepping up. Next game, because we are sure to be in a similar situation, it could very well be the Bulls.
"That fourth quarter is going to epitomize this entire series," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after his team outscored Chicago 14-10 in the period. "It's an absolute street fight for both teams."
If Chicago is going to reclaim home court, then they are going to have to shoot better than the anemic performance they showed Wednesday night. Rose, the league MVP, couldn't find his shots and when he would find his teammates, they were unable to finish the deal. For the game the Bulls shot 34% from the field and only 61% from the charity stripe. That isn't going to be good enough to win games against the Heat.
"We played a low-energy offense, a low-energy defense and the result was not good," coach Tom Thibodeau said.
The Bulls have some time to think about this loss as game 3 isn't until Sunday night.
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