LeBron James plays with fire and torches the Indiana Pacers during Game 1.
MIAMI –The Miami Heat beat the Indiana Pacers in the opening game of their Eastern Conference semifinals series. There are plenty that will and have already written the Pacers off.
The Heat are heavily favored by Players View to win in five games, but that prediction can go south if the team starts reading the predictions and buying into the hype.
During the second half of Game 1 LeBron James was the aggressive terror that he has been for some time now.
LeBron on auto-pilot is better than most. LeBron when he’s angry eats teams alive and during his career I can’t remember a period when he has played this mad for this long.
Playing mad does not show up in the stats sheet. Don’t bother breaking numbers out to e-mail me. You can “like” us on Facebook though. That was a joke…kinda.
Playing mad is when the power he dunks with seems to bend the rim, it’s the near refusal to cut-up and smile with opponents during games, the focus that he maintains even when games are well in hand.
Playing mad just might be his ticket to the promised land.
Watching him play mad at this part of his career is interesting to see because it’s almost as if he has flipped a switch and said to himself ‘ok I’m not playing with these dudes anymore.’
Normally this goes on for maybe two to three games at a shot. He’s been in this place since they were defeated by a Bulls team in OT that did them in with their bench players.
So what did that get him last night? James came up with a mighty double-double of 32 points and 15 rebounds Sunday.
Did all of the talk that Kevin Durant should have received his MVP award over the weekend, irk him even more? I don’t think anybody cares right now besides the Heat, the Pacers and their respective fan bases.
Dwyane Wade owned 29 points as the Big Three was reduced to the Big Two after forward Chris Bosh left the game with an abdominal strain.
Indiana’s David West double-doubled with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Roy Hibbert chipped in 17 and 11.
It’s not as easy as one down and three to go but after struggling with an Orlando