Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Who was it on this thread that said that the Heat were so good that Rondo could score a triple-double when it counts most and the Celtics still lose? What can I say but, "You called it!" Rondo finished Game 7 with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 14 assists, yet his Celtics still lost by 13.
That would be me. What I said was that the Heat pushed Celtics so hard that Rondo had to score a triple double in Game 2 and still lose.
Rondo almost did do that, he was just a handful of rebounds and assists away from another play-off triple double! The reality is even Rondo exploding can't carry Boston past a Heat that has Wade and Lebron both playing at video game levels AND with their bench finally beginning to sync.. Still, nothing is a given, and I'm sure Boston can take it to seven, last night they were just quite literally exhausted.
Two consecutive years now Lebron has been able to defeat his archrival the Celtics. They have clowned him so much. During the first half, I had flashbacks of 2010. Paul Pierce is the Truth, you're game better be up there. Those same Celtics pushed that Lakers Game 7 to the absolute brink. Most of the 2nd half of this game was the same. Then after a dunk
Lebron got that look again. Oh yeah, Chris Bosh was playing like he was in Toronto again, and Wade made his usual kind of magical levitation shots that amazes even Derrick Rose, but Lebron just did it again. When did he sit down? Right, never. When did he back down? Right, never. Not after he got that look again. At first I thought the Heat should watch out for my Thunder, but now.. Its anyone's trophy. These were some of the best Conference Finals I have seen in a long time. So much drama, so much emotion, so much on the line, so many years culminating in just a handful of minutes.
For yet another year I am spoiled. In 2010 Lakers had the trophy and we danced in the streets with Magic Johnson and 8000 LAPD officers
In 2011 Lebron overcame the Celtics and the Heat collapsed on the brink, but at least they made it that far, which honesty I didn't expect until this year. Now this year, my Thunder conquered the past 10 championships worth of teams to get to the Finals. The first time I've followed from laughing stock of the league to the NBA Finals. Spoiled. It so honestly does not matter to me who wins this trophy, because both of my teams are there. I always follow an Eastern team and a Western team, both in NFL and NBA, but never have they collided. Kevin Durrant got that look in his eye in the playoffs in 2010 and I said to myself, watch these kids are gonna climb to the top. Lebron got that look in the last game and this game too..