For the Heat to win they will need a real team effort because LeBron James can’t win this game on his own. Meanwhile, Indiana not only does not fear Miami, they simply need to keep playing like they have in each of the 6 games leading up to this final one.
Looking back at game 1 Pacers Coach Frank Vogel suffered a momentary lapse in coaching judgment in sitting Roy Hibbert in the final moments of overtime. Then there was Paul George’s overly aggressive attempt to contest a jump shot — which allowed LeBron James to convert his incredible, laser-quick game-saving layup with 2.2 seconds remaining in overtime.
Game 1 went to the Heat by the score of 103-102, but had the Pacers won – as they most likely should have – then Miami’s season would have ended in Game 6 Saturday in Indianapolis.
Miami must win game 7 tonight and then beat the ultimate complete team the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Championship Finals.
If Miami loses to Indiana tonight or to the Spurs in the NBA Finals, then there will be eulogies given for the dynasty that never was. The media and fans wll begin the speculation if Dwyane Wade’s right knee will ever allow him to play at a superstar level again. There will be questions about trading Chris Bosh this summer to provide more front court girth.
However, more importantly, questions would begin if James will scorn Miami in July 2014 and possibly make a return to the place that he previously left behind – his home area of Cleveland.
This is a defining moment in the history of the Miami Heat, Bosh, Wade and James. It is the team concept played to perfection by the Pacers vs. the star dominated Heat.
It should be a great game 7, but unless they win it all again this year those questions we spoke of above will haunt the Heat throghout the off season.