NBA Playoffs – Miami Heat Stay Cool, San Antonio Spurs Slow Down
The first game was about LeBron James missing when his team needed him the most, and game 2 of the 2014 NBA Finals had the same man take center stage, but this time in a completely different light, as he led the Miami Heat to a 98-96 win over the San Antonio Spurs to make it 1-1 in the series.
NBA Finals – Heat vs Spurs, a Long Awaited Rematch
If you believe Tim Duncan, the San Antonio Spurs really wanted a rematch in this year’s NBA finals. The Miami Heat? I’m not so sure this was the rival they were dreaming of, because of history and simply because the other option, the Oklahoma City Thunder, are a much better matchup for LeBron James and Dwyane Wade to handle.
NBA Playoffs – Indiana Pacers Play Dirty, Miami Heat Miss Opportunity
In a game 5 with wild momentum shifts, an incredible shooting performance from Paul George and an astonishingly bad one from LeBron James when he was actually on the floor, the Indiana Pacers managed to beat the Miami Heat 93-90 and stay alive in the Eastern Conference Finals, heading for a road game with the Heat leading 3-2 in the series.
NBA Playoffs – Miami Heat Defense is About Speed & Length, Not Size
It’s pretty much true for most teams in the NBA, but especially when it comes to the Miami Heat: When they get their way defensively, everything opens up for them on offense. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have open floor opportunities to take advantage of and open three-point shots are created. The Heat’s defense works on speed and length instead of size, which is something they willingly give up to the Indiana Pacers.
NBA Playoffs – Paul George Making Excuses, LeBron James Still Isn’t Impressed
Losers make excuses, winners make adjustments. That’s an actual saying, and clearly Paul George, contradicting himself all throughout the press conference coming after the Indiana Pacers lost to the Miami Heat in game 4 of the Eastern conference, hasn’t heard of it. I’m not sure LeBron James has either, but his coach probably has, and it was quite clear he wasn’t impressed with another player from the inferior team (so far) trying to engage in some sort of trash talk.
NBA Playoffs – Miami Heat Better Than Ever, Indiana Pacers On the Verge of Giving Up
For the first time in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Miami Heat played a complete game as the better team, leading from the first moment and eventually winning 102-90 thanks to a great start by Chris Bosh and another overall fantastic performance from LeBron James, which means they’re now 3-1 up in the series against the Indiana Pacers, resorting to excuses about referees after an abysmal performance from both Roy Hibbert and Lance Stephenson.
NBA Playoffs – Miami Heat Finding Answers, Indiana Pacers Keep Struggling
The Eastern Conference Finals is a perfect example of just how much creative and good coaching makes a difference, and what playoff basketball is all about – adjustments, between and in games. The Miami Heat started out in a disastrous way, but the right modification from Erik Spoelstra allowed LeBron James and Dwyane Wade to take over the game, while the Indiana Pacers couldn’t react to the changes with their one way style of basketball, losing 99-87 and falling to a 2-1 deficit in the series.
Heat vs Magic – Easy as it Gets for the NBA Champions
Give the Miami Heat games against their Florida rivals, the Orlando Magic, and you might see quite a few NBA record broken. LeBron James didn’t really need to do much as Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh took center stage, leading to a comfortable 110-94 win.
Miami Heat – LeBron James Great When the Plan is Working
Even without Dwyane Wade, the Miami Heat didn’t have too much trouble getting their own dose of payback against the Detroit Pistons, beating them 110-95 with another almost triple-double from LeBron James, who along with his teammates played the right way to overcome a key absentee and the usual problems in the paint and on the boards.
Miami Heat – LeBron James Perfect on Offense; Dwyane Wade Surprising on Defense
After scoring 39 points on only 37 minutes and taking 18 shots, LeBron James once again brought up the subject of his ability to score a lot more if he’d just be more selfish like other superstars around the NBA. It’s nothing new. The more surprising factor of the Miami Heat beating the Dallas Mavericks 110-104 was Dwyane Wade coming up with 8 steals, and for once giving a complete effort on defense, usually not his strongest quality.