Friday, June 8th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  86 responses

LeBron James Masterful in Forcing Game 7 Against the Boston Celtics

by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

To gain a measure of perspective on just how dominant LeBron James was in Game 6 last night, understand this: LeBron scored 45 points, grabbed 15 boards and handed out 5 assists. The Boston Celtics’ famed Big Three of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen put together just 31 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists.

In other words, James was otherworldly.

The Miami Heat and Boston Celtics will meet for a do-or-die Game 7 back in South Beach on Saturday night, for a shot at advancing to the NBA Finals, largely due to one man’s performance for the ages.

From the Boston Globe and Miami Herald:

Asked if that was the best he had ever seen James, Dwyane Wade said, “Yes.” He added, “He played amazing. He was locked in from the beginning of the game like I’ve never seen him before. The shots he was making was unbelievable. Some good defense, and he just made it. So he really put on an MVP performance tonight. Not just scoring the ball, but rebounding the ball, defensively. He did it all tonight.”

“He was absolutely fearless tonight,” said Erik Spoelstra. “And it was contagious. The way he approached the last 48 hours, and not only LeBron, but everybody else. t wasn’t end of the world. Nobody likes getting thrown dirt on your face before you’re not even dead.”

A sign posted inside the Boston Celtics’ locker room following the game screamed, “Pack for a week.” An indication that they should be ready for not just Game 7 in Miami, but also for a trip to OKC where the Thunder are patiently waiting to start the NBA Finals. The sign applied to both the Celtics and Heat.

On his way out of Boston for the final time this season, LeBron James declared that he “won’t regret Game 7″, and left it unsaid that his intention is to make sure the Celtics do.

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  • hagekg

    Even if bron ends up 2nd again in the finals, i still have mad respect for him.

  • 23

    LeBron has not disappointed this postseason! Straight legendary season

  • Riggs

    Like i said yesterday, the celtics are TERRIBLE at closing out series’ early. I expect them to win on saturday though. Anyways, Lebron really put the heat on his shoulders and killed.

  • Jer dawg

    Just give me his shoes at a discounted price. They are great but freaking expensive!

  • Heals

    Take that analysts. Awesome, and at times scary good, performance last night. I wish Riggs, but I got the Heat closing it out Sat…

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    This cat has now put up 2 games this postseason that have been matched by only two players in NBA history (Wilt/Baylor). Talk about select company.

  • Riggs

    Lebron looks bald in the article picture, damn i didnt know it was that bad…

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    Lucky Lebron reads all my slam Posts.

    Rik Smits Mullet Posted: Jun.6 at 10:38 am
    I want to see 07 game 5 vs pistons Lebron James next game.
    Maybe then i can live with a miami loss.

    And a win aswell more then i bargained for.

  • Moj

    Put the team on his back doe…#lebronface

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Finally, the haters will shut the f*ck up !!
    Incredible performance.

  • Honduran


  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    Riggs I thought the same thing lol but anyway this guy is just down right incredible and I think a lot of people take him for granted. This guy has the weight of the sports media and haters on his shoulders, in an elimination game, on the f*ckin road in Beantown and goes for 45,15,5. F*ckin Jordan numners.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Royal

    Yeah Lebron went ham last night…DANG

  • R32

    LBJ puts on a performance of a lifetime but ppl will still find a way to hate on him. Sad.

  • http://hoopsworld.com IamYOU

    I was like rapping to eminem part of forever while watching this game! Man I don’t know why I did that but that song reminds me of eminem and bron as the same. It’s ridiculous but that song proves that eminem IS the BEAST on that song! And in this game LEBRON PROVED THAT HE IS THE BEAST with a TAMED FACE MAN! LETS GO HEAT!

  • bike

    LeBron has the potential to be the G.O.A.T.

  • ALD

    i just hope you stay with these statements if the heat lose on saturday….

  • ChipS

    If people are criticizing you for your looks and not your game, then you’re taking care of business.

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid


  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Poetic Justice!

  • Layzie

    This is why this dude won the MVP & is the best player in the league!

  • IGGI

    B4 LeBron people including my self were saying that we will never see another player like Jordan. We were wrong we have one and his name is King James. Now it’s time for all the f**king haters go eat a d**ck, stop hating and appreciate all that he got to offer.
    Jeff Van Gundy is also another Heats hater I can’t stand it when he comments on Lebron or D. Wade.

  • LP

    Great game…Celtics missed like every shot, it would be fun to see the 4th quarter be close…and him still do this…

  • boss

    best player in the world

  • Riggs

    just to make it clear, my comment about him looking bald wasnt hate. The picture ACTUALLY makes him look bald. So please do yourself a favor and stfu.

  • Ldub

    IGGI…I dont think we will see another MJ. Regardless of how good Lebron or anyone else is. Jordan changed the game. From a player and business stand point. Often immitated, never duplicated. Kobe (unfortunately) is the closest. Not only because of his style of play, but his rings too. I feel Lebron has (maybe even had) a better chance to be better than Jordan. But he still hasnt found it mentally yet. I feel he is on his way, and will probably surpass Jordan with alot of individual stats. However I dont see him catching Jordan with 6 rings, and he hasnt won 1 yet in 9 years. Its the most difficult thing to do in sports. And he has to do it 6 times (hoping he wins this year then it would be 5) just to tie Jordan. Its a long shot, but if anyone can do it, I think LBJ and the Heat can. If not then he will go down as Miller, Barkley, Malone, Stockton etc great. All the great individual awards but no ring. But I think it was Doris Burke who said it best last night. No one has ever had to play w/ the type of pressure and criticism that James has night in and night out. Dude could have 45,15 and 5 and people will say…oh well he missed some free throws. Its crazy! LETS GO HEAT!

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    IGGI, I think JVG is really honest and actually defends Lebron, acknowledging the hate, pressure, and unrealistic expectations put on him. Breen, on the other hand, HATES the Lebron. He’d rather talk about Rondo adjusting his headband or doing pushups than acknowledge Lebron dropping 30 on 78% shooting at the half.

  • bdogg

    mad props to bron. if i was a heat fan i would be furious thou..where was this all series..it takes this effort when you are falling off the cliff? nevertheless..amazing game! he was unconscious..now finish this! as per the Celts….nice to show up SMDH??

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    bdogg why would the fans be asking for more? Dude is averaging 30,11,&5. What more can he do before the “fans” realize that the team needs to step up?

  • IGGI

    @Ldub—I agree with what you saying, however I just don’t undestand why people be hating on him so much.

  • DukeFromDeep

    Nobody is talking about Miami/OKC. What’s the consensus then? OKC is 7 I believe. The bigs of OKC are playing awesome and that will be the difference maker in the end. Westbrook has tamed himself even and is nowhere near as selfish as in the past,then of course KD is simply otherworldly. BBall is about match ups, and Wade/Westbrook match-up well as do KD and LBJ. But OKC has far superior bigs and a better bench- and that’s what its all about, valuable minutes from the role players. OKC is stacked with Harden, Ibaka, Perkins and even old Fish, giving them experience. Time and again the Heat show they are not a team and it’s all about the individual and I love how team basketball shatters that theory, as shown in Dallas last year. OKC is a better team, and the better team wins. OKC in six or seven, and I predict some incredible scrutiny on LBJ. I hope he handles it well because it looks like we’re in for some serious ballin’. Lovin’ it!!!
    OKC 2012 CHAMPS!!!

  • IGGI

    @Da-Meat-Hook, I Think JVG also rather talk about the Celtic adjusting their game instead of acknowledging any thing good the Heats does.
    Any ways you guys are great. Thanks

  • Mo

    @ LP – Just stop it dude. Pathetic.

  • Ldub

    bdogg….as a fan of the Heat I am not mad at all. I know that its a team effort and Lebron comes out every game and does work. He has been there night in and night out, giving the Heat a chance to win. Last night was different as they blew out the C’s. Issue is down the stretch if its close, they scramble and dont have go to players or plays. Celtics can go to PP, Rondo or KG. Bron wont shoot the last shot, Wade will but is typically out of any sort of rhythm to hit the shot. Same with Bosh. Chalmers, Miller, Battier, Jones, Haslem will take it but Id personally rather have Wade or Bosh if not James take it. My fav player to watch is the one that needs to show up. Mr Dwyane Wade! He seems like a rookie at times. And his lack of getting back on D is making it very easy for the C’s to score in transition. If they get past the C’s tomorrow, he cant do that against the Thunder. Cuz he will be standing at the free throw line as they are coming back down after draining a 3.

  • http://slamonline Brion

    @IGGI, what did Van Gundy say? I thought he was complimenting Bron alot, not hating?

  • R32

    Wade needs to bring it in Game 7 (injured or not). The last 2 games have been a struggle offensively.

  • http://slamonline Brion

    The most impressive part of last night was Brons shooting percentage, like 73 percent..talk about efficiant!

  • Ldub

    IGGI…they hate on him because they arent him. They are looking at his life from the outside saying he SHOULD do this or SHOULDNT do that. They compare him to Kobe and MJ because those dudes are great and have won. They feel that he is on that level, or will be once he wins a ring. But fail to realize how difficult it really is. They get upset because he made a “super team” with Wade and Bosh. OH HE CANT WIN ON HIS OWN! Ok well would Kobe have won without Shaq and Fish? Would Jordan have won with Pippen, Rodman and all the others? Its a total team effort and people just love to see people fail. Always looking at the glass half empty. He could go out and score 80 a night and people would still find things to talk about in a negative sense. It doesnt make sense to me because this dude is an amazing talent and just because he wanted to play with dudes he was close with and increase his chances of winning, people knock him? Sheeit if i was ballin and I had a chance to run with my boys and we could win together..i would definitely do it. Only thing I dont like is the WAY he left. Not that he left, but the press conference and interviews before they even played a game together. That to me was over the top. How long did it take KG to win? Ray Allen? Gary Payton? Paul Pierce? People love to see great people, great things fail.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    That was GREAT last night. My girl was PIISSSED. The only thing that I disagree with is the position he was put in to become the destroyer he is so capable of.

  • Ldub

    @Duke….just to clarify a few things. Chalmers will be guarding RW. Thabo will prob be on Wade. LBJ might guard Thabo or RW to save himself some energy on the offensive end or until the 4th qtr. Youre right, it is a team game. Remember that Miami is a GREAT defensive team. They close out on the 3 better than any team in the L. And they contest everything. Wade, James and Bosh can all block shots and if Anthony is on point, thats a defensive presence in the paint. Yes OKC has good bigs, but remember that their bigs might have to guard a set of Wade, James, Bosh, Miller/Battier/Haslem and Chalmers. A lot of perimeter players. It would pull them out of their comfort zone, which would make it easier for James and Wade to go to work. OKC is a great defensive “help” team. The Heat have better one on one defenders and can help as well. To me it seems like youre not giving the Heat much of a shot to win the entire thing. Which is not very smart considering they have only played each other twice. Both teams are much better and Wade and James have been playing alot better together. Bosh is back and hopefully will be healthy enough to make a considerable impact. If they get past Celtics tomorrow, I will enjoy watching my two favorite teams and 4 of my fav players going at it. In addition to that…the only 2 players OKC that have been to the finals are Fish and Perk. Wade, Haslem, Lebron, Miller, Jones, Bosh and Chalmers have all been there. Difference between reg season, playoffs and finals. IDK if OKC is really “ready”. I still would love to see Miami in 7!

  • Lloyd

    Cheering for the Celtics, every shot he put up I just knew it was going in. He hammered the C’s. It was the definition of dominance. He did what he wanted, when he wanted and no one was going to stop him. I just remember thinking at the half, “at least he can’t keep this up.” He did. My only consolation is thinking, “he can’t do the same thing again can he?”

  • Waskito

    Not LBJ fans, but he was playing great last night (morning in my home town). No disrespect ,but just realized what a head band can make a differences

  • robb

    that’s the Lebron I wanted to see

  • EJ

    @JTaylor: Magic?? 1980 finals game 6.

  • Ash

    Lebron puts up big numbers every night. He’s a team player but the way he scored last night was different. He was aggressive the only difference. He can do this every night if he wants but I believe he rather not play this way. He wants to pass and shoot, he wants his teammates to be involved.

  • A.

    @EJ: At least 45 points, at least 15 rebounds and at least 5 assists. So, try again.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Lebron’s sweaty headband turned me on and gave me a boner

  • Ldub

    Well that certainly wasnt the real nbk….As far as 45-15-5 every night. Not possible anymore. The days or wilt and russ being the biggest man and dropping the ball in the basket are over. Takes alot more skill and iq to outmatch the opposing defense. He wont shoot 70% every night. Wont have the same looks. Wont get the same calls etc. I think he can be a 30ppg 10rpg and 8apg player for a season tho. But 45-15 and 5 is not gonna happen. Unless he just takes every single shot to get the #s and plays 46min a game. “ASH” made a great point…its not his style to shoot so much. And if he did…the flow for the “team” would be bad of the course of a season. He might as well go back to the Cavs. Wade and Bosh would be unhappy for sure. 9 and 6 for Bosh a night? He is too talented. It would be a waste of money to keep other star players if you wanted LJ to go off for these #’s every single night.

  • http://slamonline.com 19821982

    He’s the only player where people just expect him to play out of his mind, and when he doesn’t it’s almost as if he’s terrible. No one asked why MJ didn’t hit 6 threes in the first half of every NBA Finals game or switch hands on every layup.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    This ^

  • http://www.slamonline.com Real Player

    It was written all over his face from the jump off last night. Even tho’ he put up 30 in game 5, i felt like he was way too passive in crunch time for such a pivitol game, and he’s done that in big moments too often for a player of his magnitude. Last night he put forth an epic performance, and you can’t just expect any player to “turn it on” and drop a jewl like that on command. Those are special. But, that attidude, that demeanor… damn. He was a bully out there, he looked like D-bo and the C’s looked like Dj Pooh. It was awesome, Even when Jordan had off nights he maintained that killer demeanor that always gave him a mental edge over his apponents. last night Bron looked as scary as MJ ever did with and even deadly display of total control to match. You could see how much he had got into every C’s head. Even if he doesn’t drop another joint like he did last night, if he shows that kind of intensity in game 7, the Heat as a squad are going to be hard to kill.

  • Smizz

    Haven’t been much of a LeBron fan, but last night’s game was downright greatness. As with a couple earlier posts, LBJ isn’t the next Jordan, LBJ’s on his own, and if he gets past the mental aspect of showing competitiveness every day, he will end up the greatest to play the game. I’ve got nothing but respect for the dude now. He was supposed to have help in Miami when he left Cleveland, but he’s got the whole team on his back just like Cleveland. D-Wade hasn’t really showed up, nor has Bosh. I wouldn’t be surprised if in a year or so both D-Wade and Bosh are gone in Miami.

  • Yesse

    I gotta give him props on the performance. I just hope the media won’t make too big of a hype of him after all the hate. I already see sports news on fire from this.

  • mike

    Appreciate the game, but more a celtics fan. The truth should have a better shooting game and the celtics overall should play better. Great game seven coming. Basketball fans better be watching.

  • IGGI

    @Ldub–So true I couldn’t say it better. Good Job.

  • mike

    People talk like the heat are already in the finals. Hold up…wait. The celtics have at least a decent chance to advance. People shouldnt be hateful they should be grateful. Dont sleep on the truth. Remember KG’s comment after round 2… lets get it.

  • Ldub

    mike I think what you are seeing is people responses to last nights game. If LBJ comes with that type of flow, intensity and determination…not many are giving BOS a chance. I think last night we all witnessed the Lebron James we had hoped would have been here years ago. Problem is…if you really think about it…he shot the ball 5-10 more times than he normally would have. Instead of passing he shot. If he would have passed, he would have had around 32,15 and 9 which if you look back…what he has been averaging anyways. (well not rebounds) but close.

    people expect this huge performance from him night in and night out. I love his #’s…its his consistency and mental edge that are lacking. Dude looked kinda evil and demonic last night. Which was kinda like, no one is going to stop me. Loved it. He needs to play with this “intensity” more often is what ppl are saying. Because even when the next top scorer is almost 30 points behind…and they win by 20…just imagine what it would be like if everyone was hitting?

  • ChipS

    @Riggs, Did anybody call you a hater? FYI, I was talking about the Lebron critics in general. All you saw on twitter was “put that headband back on” or “Still a Bald Headed bum”. So why don’t you get out of your feelings and stfu. And next time don’t be subliminal.

  • barnabusb

    So is LeBron going to be “locked in” like that for every game from now on? It’s a lot of work playing that hard.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Bron tired himself out, not coming out and acting like he was zone out. I predict Celtics winning by 7 points and Bron is back to Lechoke. BOOK IT!!

  • http://rldinvestments.com/Free%20Picks.php RLD Investments

    It was a great performance, but he’s going to need another if they plan on winning game 7.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Yvonne Jeter-Abdullah

    Hi! It’s your biggest fan again Yvonne Jeter-Abdullah. Well first of all, I just want to say Congratulations LBJ and thank you for providing us with a performance that was so masterful. You were so focused and it was from the opening tip that you had your game face on and were going to handle your business. Your performance was unprecedented. It was dynamic exhilarating breathtaking and off the charts. I am so happy for you. Now go out and emulate that performance on Saturday and it’s a wrap for Boston. And as far as these comparisons that are being made about you and Michael Jordan. Well first of all, that is the problem that I see with America the nature of competitiveness it just does not have to be about that. Michael Jordan is who he is and LBJ is who he is. They are both very gifted athletes. And whoever said that LBJ even wants those comparisons to be made in the first place. Each of them in their own right will be as successful as “God” enables them to be and that does not necessarily mean that success is measured by how many championship rings you have. It is important to recognize what sacrifices an individual makes to get to where they are the trials and tribulations they had to encounter along the way the scrutiny they have to encounter while doing so and the pressures of living up to others expectations night after night not only on the court but off the court as well. We as a society put to much emphasis on winning. Well just having a portion of your health and strength makes you a winner. A person who is as classy on and off the court and is low key and is an ambassador for the league I would prefer over anything else. So it is not solely about winning championships because if “God” has that in his plan for you then you will and if not you can still strive to be the best that you can be as a person. LBJ you do that and this is also something for you to be proud of. Take care of business tomorrow night and don’t stray away from the game plan. I want to see that same look in your eye. GO HEAT!!! Sincerely, Yvonne Jeter-Abdullah

  • http://slamonline.com KDub503

    ^what is this hunk of text

  • http://yahoo.com Kevin


  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I doubt with all of my ability to doubt, that LeBron doesn’t read the comment section on Slam.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Damn it sucks I missed this game.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    GOAT? stop..

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    ^Who said that??^

  • TP

    Is there anyway someone at SLAM could write a counter-article for this: http://www.nba.com/2012/news/features/shaun_powell/06/08/a-call-for-heat-thunder/index.html?ls=iref:nbahpt1


  • Sam

    Jordan didn’t win his first chip till 28, jus sayin…

  • BostonBaller

    Chicago didn’t purchase HOFers, they were made.

  • BostonBaller

    One of the best scoring games I’ve seen in a long time. He was focused and determined. A Beast.

  • Brahsef

    @BostonBaller I still don’t understand that. Jordan had Pippin, who’s even better than Wade. And they were free agents, aren’t teams supposed to try and get better. And on an individual level, when I look for a new job I also look for the place that will help me succeed most.

  • Da-REAL-Meat-Hook

    Bostonballer, trades and free agency are part of the game. Funny how Boston fans have the nerve to talk with KG and Ray Allen doing the same thing Bosh and Bron did minus the Decision and the lil pep rally. I guess it’s only bad if the players are popular at the time of the sign and trades. “Purchased HOFers” describes any player since they are all paid a salary but w/e. As far as Chicago goes, Scottie and MJ were the only two significant players that were actually drafted by the Bulls. So what? Scottie and MJ were both better than Bron and Wade. Rodman was a free agent who already won a championship. He was “purchased” and the Bulls couldn’t have won 3 of their rings w/o him. I can’t wait til Boston hypocrites are crying at the end of tonight.

  • 23

    interesting fact, scottie pippen was NOT drafted by the chicago bulls. Just sayin.

  • Da-REAL-Meat-Hook

    ^^Technically true but since the Sonics traded him him right away the Bulls were the first team he played for. In any event it actual furthers my point about the Bulls trading for talent like every other team in the league has been doing for decades.

  • IGGI

    @Da-REAL, Good point thanks for telling it like it is!!!!

  • BostonBaller

    You are right in some of what you write Brahsef, on an individual level you try to get the best deal, but how often do you AND a buddy from another job go to the same NEW job?..sports is sooo different from real life. MJ & Pip were both original Bulls as Da-Real stated above. Da-REAI, yes trades & FA are a big part of the game & yes I actually said similar things when we got both KG & Ray. I was happy as heck though. You mentioned the lil pep rally but that lil made for TV thing didn’t bother me. I should had referenced my earlier statements differently as the packaged buying but even then it might have come off wrong to most. Trades and FA are two different animals. Weren’t KG & Ray acquired by trades (swopping players/cash/draft picks) and FA is like a flea market.

  • Allenp

    People have weird issues with free agency. It really doesnt make sense.

  • Da-REAL-Meat-Hook

    Bosh and James did their former teams a favor and actually did sign-and-trades since they were free agents who were courteous enough to not just leave the teams with nothing. That’s something they really didn’t have to do, btw. KG and Ray Allen were acquired by trades after it was known that neither of them were happy where they were playing before the Celts. Not so different than the other two guys, except Bosh/Bron weren’t actually under contract. Not sure why people perceive it so differently. Players making decisions for themselves seems to rub people the wrong way.

  • 23

    just curious, what would we be saying if lebron stayed in cleveland and signed a max contract and became the highest paid player in the league, but his team was improving? would we be saying lebron was too selfish? too big of an ego? waste of money? cared more about himself than ACTUALLY winning? i think when it comes to lebron its lose-lose all the time.

  • 23

    as far as i know, that miami heat pep rally was intended for HEAT FANS ONLY! it was NOT broadcasted on national tv. they were trying to hype up the new guys in miami. nothing wrong with that at all! many other teams have pep rally type events. and lebrons comments that night were soley intended for the ears of heat fans. he has never gone out of his way to tell any reporter that he is guaranteeing anything. as a fan of lebron i liked it. if kobe/bynum/gasol did the same thing i would not care. because im really not a laker fan anyways.

  • Heals

    The only diffs (some brought up before) I see between Mia and Bos coming together are; KG and RayRay were older at the time of acquisition, both acquired via trade (Bosh and Lebron were technically sign-and-trades but neither Tor or Cle benefited from the trade exception they received), neither was considered a “top 5″ player at the time of the trade, KG, RayRay and PP34 were humble (about what they could achieve as team not as ball players) and hoping to be accepted by the past Celtic greats, no 7 chips talk, no decisions, no pep rally. I had no beef with how Mia joined together I’m just pointing out why I think people who “hate” the Heat/LBJ often draw a distinction between how these 2 teams were assembled. What isn’t brought up enough when people mention how the Heat came together was the $$$ the Beach3 left on the table so that Haslem and Miller could also be part of the party. Overall I agree with what your saying d-m-R-h that the differences aren’t all that significant, but just think there were a few more factors besides the New3 not having a pep rally that made people a little less critical of their formation…

  • mike

    Go celtics. Lets ride killah.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    The difference is that for some reason Lakers fans treat LeBron as their mortal enemy and see him as Kobe’s arch nemesis… So LeBron joining the Heat and one-upping Kobe (after surpassing him as the best player in the league) p!ssed off a whole lot of Lakers fans. That’s pretty much it. Notice how the people most critical of LeBron are usually Lakers fans. Which is odd, because it’s not like LA got Kareem and Shaq via free agency… Or Glove and Mailman… And suddenly everyone hates free agency. Things that make you go hmmm…

  • JIM

    MJ > KB > every D-bag in South Florida…