LeBron James connected on 12 of 23 shots including 5-for-10 at the perimeter as he lead the Miami Heat to a 95-88 NBA Championship victory over the San Antonio Spurs. James also collected 12 rebounds as he headed towards his second straight NBA Finals MVP award.
The riveting Game 7 appearance for LeBron almost didn’t happen. The Miami Heat star connected on just 1-for-5 to start the showdown but then quickly went 11-for-8 while connecting on all eight of his free throw attempts.
After the Miami Heat claimed the NBA title, LeBron James told reporters:
“I watched film, and my mind started to work. I said, ‘OK, this is how they’re going to play me for the whole series.’ I looked at all my regular-season stats, and I was one of the best midrange shooters in the game. I shot a career high from the three-point line.”
LeBron credits his success in the final game of the season with sticking to his guns and not abandoning what he had worked on all year.
“The repetition, the practices, the off-season training, no matter how big the stakes are, no matter what’s on the line, just go with it. And I was able to do that.”He used both his IQ and his basketball skills.”
LeBron James is now in Michael Jordan and LeBron James territory as fans not only want him to win; they expect it. Anything short of NBA Championships from this point out will look like failure. As Dwyane Wade rightfully note:
“He’ll get a lot less (criticism) this summer. When the season start up again next year, it’s on again. It’s the ebb and flow, the highs and low of life.”
Do you think LeBron James and the Miami Heat are just getting started? Will LeBron James continue to only receive praise when championships are obtained?