LeBron James thumps the Celtics for 45 points.
BOSTON- We define clutch in so many ways. Those ways often are defined but what the individual has not accomplished more so than what he has.
In Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, LeBron James was as clutch as clutch can be. After sinking a key bucket in Game 5 that could have put the Heat over the edge late in that game, James came through and bulldozed the Celtics as the Heat teetered on the edge of oblivion.
When it had to be done, James got it done. Ladies and Gentlemen, that is clutch.
Credit to Heat coach Erik Spoelstra for taking a step back and implementing schemes and plays that work for his group.
This space has been critical of Spoelstra during this series but credit him for coaching a great game that kept the Celtics on their heels from the tip.
James rarely took shots from the same place twice last night as the Heat kept the ball moving. The more that Miami moves, the more dominant that they are. It is not about the win as much as it is deploying your players into situations that set them up to win.
James had his huge night that could possibly go down in history as his “it” moment if the Heat takes Game 7 and go on to see the Oklahoma City Thunder in the finals.
Great for James but as a whole, the Heat beat the Celtics thoroughly.
This is what the Celtics do. Their play swung like a see-saw against the Hawks and the 76ers so there is no reason to think that will change now.
They will show up for Game 7 and it just may be one of the hardest fought games that we will see in this generation of basketball. I suggest you be somewhere with a TV screen.
James lit it up with 45 points, 15 rebounds and five assists. Dwyane Wade had 17 points.
Rajon Rondo paced with the Celtics with 21 points.