The Heat may eventually even silence doubters, and the “Not five…not six…” thing LeBron has been lambasted from writers raining to major TV analysts to the likes of columnists and team bloggers…like, oh, myself.
The days of this writer saying that are clearly long passed. The Heat are on the verge of the common back-to-back title runs we frequently see in the NBA.
Miami Heat knew they could exploit various matchups, but were reserved about the possibility of expecting triple doubles from a guy who is matched up Milwaukee’s forward, a guy considered to be in the NBA primarily because of lockdown defender potential/upside.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is supposed to be decent at covering guys who others can’t, but almost no one can cover LBJ.
James led the Heat to a 110-87 victory and the Heat took game on on their home court in front of a crowd decked out in white. The 33 point victory sets the tone for the series: the playoff atmosphere, the chants for “MVP” and James’ Heat teammates furthering his cause by allowing him to do his thing.
It all led to another dominant performance by the greatest player in today’s era. And at this point it’s just a matter of how high he find himself in the annals of the all-time greats; not whether or not he will finish in those discussions.
James’ line of 27 points, 10 boards and eight dimes are likely just the first of a string of games that are going to open the discussions of “most dominant ever” again. He hit 9-of-11 from the floor, indicating he could have done far greater damage had the Heat fed their MVP more.
LeBron James shot 81.8% from the field, his most efficient playoff game ever. It was also his 16th straight postseason game w/ 25+ Pts.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 22, 2013
The Heat outscored the Bucks 28-20 in a third quarter which established the first half tone and furthered it. It also established no one can handle James—no one in today’s league, at least.
Elite defenders can’t cover legendary players, which is essentially what we’ve begun to find out. The Heat were up 19-8 before the Bucks had no choice but to burn the games first timeout, a trend we will likely see in each game in this series, early timeouts from a Bucks team that has no answers during them.