Sunday, June 10th, 2012 at 10:13 am  |  75 responses

Miami Heat Top Boston Celtics in Game 7, Headed to NBA Finals

This Tuesday night. Miami Heat. Oklahoma City Thunder. You won’t want to miss this. But beforehand, do remember how the Heat got there—with an incredibly impressive victory over the feisty Boston Celtics. Here’s Yahoo! Sports on the Game 7 recap: “LeBron James finally got a Game 7 victory, on his third try. Next up, the NBA finals – and his third try at that elusive first championship. A year after watching someone else celebrate on their home floor, the Miami Heat were the ones dancing at midcourt. James had 31 points and 12 rebounds, Chris Bosh hit a career-best three 3-pointers – the last sparking the run that put it away – and the Heat won their second straight Eastern Conference title by beating the Boston Celtics 101-88 in Game 7 on Saturday night. Miami opens the title series in Oklahoma City on Tuesday night. The Heat got there by outscoring Boston 28-15 in the fourth quarter, with the ‘Big Three’ of Dwyane Wade, Bosh and James scoring every Miami point. ‘We decided to come together and play together for a reason,’ Wade said. Wade scored 23 points, Bosh finished with 19 and Shane Battier added 12 for the Heat, who won a Game 7 for the first time since 2004 – Wade’s rookie season. Now it’s back to the finals, where Miami fell in six games to Dallas a year ago.”

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  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    The Heat show their mettle.

  • Gregg

    Who WON’T enjoy the Durant/James Finals? So glad it turned out this way…gonna be some exciting basketball next week.

  • Zabba

    Thunder in 6.

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    ^ Really? Idk about that. But its gonna be a good series. Heat have home court right?

  • Boss

    no the Heat dont have home court. Thunder in 5

  • trueballer4life

    Heat in 6- witness…


    Ever since Kevin Durant’s draft night I have been saying that KD is the new Jordan and Lebron James is the new Dominique Wilkins. Lebron might be a human highlight reel, but Kevin Durant is a born champion. Lebron will feel like he has to be a superstar and choke. Wade will lose trust and try to do too much. Perkins will twist Chris Bosh’s lizard paw behind his back until he cries.

  • Matisse

    ^ Hasn’t ever seen Dominique Wilkins play or Lebron James for that matter.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rwDluFZQmtQ Max

    No way the Thunder are winning in 5.
    Thunder in 6 or 7.

  • http://www.dimemag.com showtime

    Heat in Six.. there gonna win one of two in Okc..

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    wade needs to play much better for the heat to have a chance, he dissapears for the longest stretches lately

  • rayray

    Thunder in 5. Think about it – the celtics are a much worse team than the spurs, and it took the heat until late in the 4th of game 7 to put them away….think about what the Thunder will do to them.

  • L

    Will the LeBron VS KD rivalry be our 2.0 Magic and Bird? L

  • DS44

    Still trying to crown LeBron like he’s a damn prom queen,Thunder in 6.

  • j nuggz

    did anyone else see lebron try to kick rondo on the last play of the first half? he was hanging on the rim and rondo was under him an rondo walked out of bounds then bron fully extended his leg to kick him. if you have it on your dvr watch it, i think it was clearly intentional, yet it wasnt even called by the refs or mentioned by the commentators, but if it was anyone else they would have been ejected or at least t’d up. just another case of the leagues golden god getting away with more than everyone else. im not good w computers, so i dont know how to post a link, but heres the you tube page: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPBRYdUbUlk watch it for yourself

  • j nuggz

    ^ guess i know how to do it now

  • Reggie06

    Hate the fact that dic* riders like mike miller, juwan howard dexter pittman all sucked so much to lebron just hate that they are in finals

  • Reggie06

    Thunder in 5

  • Reggie06

    Hunder in 5 miller, pitmann, huwan can find themselves new guy to dic* ride

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Staying out of making predictions on this one. Just going to sit back and enjoy what looks to be a great Finals.

  • Heals

    So for all the criticism, the dissection of players’ games, the questions of compatibility and chemistry, the doubts about their coach, the endless analysis, the breakdowns of every last second possession, the enmity for their offseason introduction, the hatred of everything “Decision” related, for all of it Mia is in their 2nd NBA Finals in 2 years together. In other words Uck the all outside noise and just enjoy how these guys hoop…

  • barnabusb

    @Heals: I hear what you’re saying, but the problem is that their hoop is hard to enjoy. When they got together, I was hoping for Dream Team style ball movement and highlight plays. Instead, we get ISOs, whining about fouls, free throws courtesy of whining about fouls, and more ISOs. Their brand of basketball is horrible to watch, save for the odd LeBron dunk or Wade circus shot.

  • Da-REAL-Meat-Hook

    Co-sign Heals. Celtics fan, and a true fan of basketball. Respect.

  • http://www.sportsgrid.com/media/shaq-kobe-highlights/ shutup

    Gonna be very enetertaining. Were gonna have a new Champion this year, will it be Durant? or Lebron?

  • Heals

    I hear ya barna those are valid grips about their style of play, but I was going more big picture with what the team has accomplished and how well LBJ has played individually to be specific…

  • Dejjy

    Durant will never ever be better than LeBron. Shooting wise and clutchness yes, but not in terms of blocking and defense, putback dunks and rebounds,acrobatic lay ups, buzzer beaters and crazy no look passes. Although I do give respect to Durant for his patience, poise, and positive attitude, he’s never ever going to be hated as much as LeBron and for LeBron to even play like this is amazing considering every day he is blasted by the media. That takes a lot of will. While Durant is constantly being pampered like a baby.

  • MeloMan15

    Heat in 5

  • http://www.yahoo,com berkamore

    The Heat beat the Celts because they were younger, plain and simple. However, the Heat won’t have that advantage over the Thunder. I mean, LeBron will have to have a monster series. Why? because the Thunder can stop Wade (Sefolosha is quick, strong and younger) AND Bosh (Ibaka and Perkins will take care of Mister Bosh). On the other hand, who is gonna stop Westbrook, Harden and Durant? Hell, who is gonna stop even Ibaka? King James can only guard one guy. Thunder in six and it may not even be that close. LOL.

  • Wet

    I see this series being a lot like the heat/celtics series.
    Where either team could wrap it up in 5 or 6. I predict a few 1 point/overtime games

  • money man

    heat are underdogs here due to homecourt advantage but if the big 3 play with that much sense of urgency – thunder could be in a dogfight.


    Was this written by a Celtics fan? Well done Heat.


    ^^^^ cosign Heals by the way ^^^^

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    cosign heals

    look OKC has the healthier deeper squad
    but i think the thunder having home court could be better for the heat.
    This might sound strange. But in my opinion/observation the heat play better when they are precieved as the underdogs. Because of the 2-3-2 format it will be less presure on the heat to win the first game. If they cause a split they have more change to win the next few games at home. still the ultimate X factor is LEBRON if he plays like he is doing throughout the playoffs this far. And not doing any disapearing act.Heat have a strong chance to win.

    But iam just an optimistic Lebron fan. And think its his time.
    Lets go HEAT

  • vtrobot

    Congratulations and respect to the Heat. What a great series. Hope the next one will be as well. Thunder in 6.

  • BostonBaller

    CONGRATS to the Heat, great series! No predictions for The Finals on my part. I will sit back and enjoy the show and hope it goes to 7 games. I LOVE 7 game series…Bosh…..Bosh…..Bosh…Bo


    @Matisse – I didn’t say that Lebron plays exactly like Dominique or that KD is another Jordan, just that they are going to play the same respective roles in the league those guys played. Before Jordan was drafted Dominique was the hyped-up human highlight reel being crowned by sports journalists as the King of the league prematurely. Then Jordan came along and everyone knew he would be good, but no one really knew what kind of force of will he had. I think Kevin Durant has the force of will and ice-water in his veins that Jordan had. Lebron has more physical talents, but then so did Dominique Wilkins. I know it sounds flaky or whatever but I see something in Durant’s character that just isn’t there in Lebron’s.

  • Dizzy

    the series will be good but i think okc has the edge, they have better bigs and have home court advantage… we all know how they feed off that energy from the fans, i feel that the energy arena would be one of the harder places to play at as a away team

  • Da-REAL-Meat-Hook

    Whether or not you like a guy’s character shouldn’t affect your reasoning. You are saying that Durant will develop into a better passer and defender than Lebron? Jordan did both of those things better than Wilkins, who was basically just an athletic scorer. You are suggesting the only advantage Lebron has over Durant is being physically gifted and you’re just flat wrong. Perception and facts aren’t the same. Lebron basically leads in fourth quarter scoring. He’s pretty damn efficient. Being perceived as having “ice water veins” really doesn’t add to the argument of who will turn out the better player if it isn’t manifested on the court. Lebron has been the best player this season and post season. The fact that Durant is more likable tends to have people ignore basketball fact. How is Lebron crowned prematurely like Wilkins if he’s been the best player for the past five seasons?

  • http://slamonline.com Mars

    There are gonna be blackouts because of the NBA Finals. Highest ratings ever. Let the dynasty battles begin between King James and Lord Durant.

  • Bola

    People saying Durant can’t defend, can’t block. I got one world for y’all. BOSS. cuz that’s what my boy being doing since he came to the league. With all of lebron’s defence Durant still schooled him in the drew league. What happened when OKC played heat in their Arena? Durant was dropping threes on lEBRON’S HEAD. granted Heat beat Okc at home, but look at last season when OKC whooped their ass. Duranchula was on beastmode. I laugh when lebron fans keep sucking his balls and deny any other player. Sure i like Lebron but imma tell you this. KD is coming and he’s only 23. For a boy who thought he couldn’t play in the NBA and didn’t get much hype that Lebron got before he got to the NBA. he’d doing well for himself.

  • Da-REAL-Meat-Hook

    LOL @ a summer league game proving anything. By those standards John Wall is the best pg in the league. Durant having a great game against Lebron doesn’t change the fact that Lebron is the better defender. It doesn’t change or affect that fact AT ALL. It just solidifies that Durant is so offensively talented that he’s one of those guys that can’t really be stopped. Lebron had impressive games over him too. Still doesn’t affect who the better defender is. Stating obvious strengths that Lebron has over Durant isn’t “denying” anything. It’s a fact that he’s a better passer and defender. Durant is 23 and will improve those areas every year, but right now Lebron is the better player.

  • http://Somethingsomething. Ugh

    Thunder in 6.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    That turned me on and I had sex with my dad after.

  • http://facebook.com/tronjohnson Chief

    Well David Stern is happy rating’s wise and so should we as fans of basketball, this is the best product that the NBA can put on in the finals highlight wise and star power wise.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    ^^^ moderator… anyone?

  • http://www.slamonline.com nbk

    i am so tired of trying to get on here and talk real ball and this poser keeps messing with me. im being super serial right now, please slam, fix this, i cant take this s*** no mooooore (dave chapelle Samson voice)

  • Shifty

    Well done celtics you were the only east team I believe who could give them a challenge. Kg was spectacular and just well done boys. So many questions about what the team will look like next season.

  • MeRcMoBb26

    ^^Lol @ the South Park reference. This is about to be a ridiculous Finals. They are gonna hype it like a good vs. evil, small market vs. large market, drafted team vs. manufactured team series. Ratings will be through the roof. Stern is rubbing his manipulative little hands together…

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    The troll is trolling his own trolling while tryin to troll me. Which makes me wonder if I’m trolling the troll of myself whose trolling himself? Slam this is getting like inception. I guess don’t fix it.

  • http://slamonline.com Caboose

    My dad and nbks dad was wraslin in the sauna

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Are you stupid or something. That dosen’t make any sense. Dumbass

  • Bola

    @ Da-REAL-Meat-Hook, you do realise 1 0n 1 Lebron can’t hold Durant. Dursnt will still drop 30+ on Lebron allday, errday. so to hell with Lebron’s Defence. Oh and You know what makes Durant amazing he can pretty do much everything in the clutch including clutch defence and passing.

  • Pais

    The Celtics (and particularly KG) played above and beyond most peoples expectations. All in all it was an admirable effort to cling to their former greatness (but obviously an effort as it was clear that they are not what they once were). This was the first time Rondo was clearly the focal point of the team and it often felt like he wasn’t getting the support he needed. The Heat showed poise and character to win the series, and should’ve silenced or at least slowed a lot of their detractors (haters). That being said, Pacers and Celtic got nothing on the likes of OKC (or Spurs for that matter). I’m not sure grinding through the east has done anything to prepare the Heat for what comes next. OKC is considerably superior to Boston in every way other than the coach and the pg spot (arguably it’s even at the pg spot). If a pg not know for scoring drops 44pts on Miami, what the heck is Westbrook going to do?

  • Pais

    I confess, I’m a reformed “Heat(Bron) Hater”. Just didn’t like the idea of a team being thrown together and automatically winning (or even thinking they could win) the holiest of basketball holies. Not without putting in the requisite blood, sweat and tears. That perceived air of entitlement and arrogance rubbed me the wrong way. It’s that very same thing that led me to being a Lebron critic (maybe hater). Additionally I felt that Lebron’s greatness was simply a product of his overwhelming physical superiority rather than hard work and a dedication to honing his craft.
    But as I say, I am a REFORMED Lebron/Heat hater.
    The points that once irked me have slowly eroded away. The Heat have been beaten, both on the court as well as off it. They’ve been humbled. If they were to win now, they will have earned it. Lebron seems to have grown and matured this year more than ever, both as a player and as a person. His skill set is the best it’s ever been, footwork is great, a lot less ‘Ray Charles Rhino charge’, and we’re finally seeing some (effective) post work. He plays with out the ball and is an animal on both ends of the court. Even off the court there seems to be no nonsense. No twitter, no stories about his friends, no dancing, no tom-foolery in general. He handles himself in interviews with a confidence, seriousness and poise that wasn’t there before. He’s articulate and acutely aware of the various details of the game, and all of it strikes me as being genuine. Whether talking about his game or character, he used to be the last guy I would ever recommend the kids look to as a role model. He still might not be my first choice, but he’s definitely moved up the list considerably. (“The potential role models for my unborn children list”).

  • BostonBaller

    I was never a hater of the Heat or LBJ (the Beast) but with the media & hype machines running 24/7 it made his short comings glaring and annoying to the casual fan. I hope all is calm and we get a 7 game series and a few instant classics. OKC is not considerably superior to The C’s and age would not have mattered. Last year RR went nuts also so this was not the 1st time he was the focal point. “Ray Charles Rhino charge” lol. Yes, less of that and the stiff arms. lol. Toss the ball up and get it on already!!!.

  • tpathi1

    Heat in 6. Even though Durant is a potent scorer, how can anyone see him do LBJ dirty consistently in a 7 game series??! Its not laughable, but its just really hard to put my mind around to. LBJ is the best perimeter defender, and as long as he checks Durant, KD is not gonna just have 40 pt or even 35+ point games. On the other end of the court, can KD really guard LBJ? I see KD in foul trouble consistently if he is going to guard Lebron on the defensive end. The key for the thunder is the way Russell Westbrook plays and D Wade. I am assuming that for the most part, Westbrook will have the mismatch when Harden KD and Westbrook are in together. Either the heat will/should have Bosh guard KD (which is a mismatch) and LBJ and Wade can check the other two..or if the heat keep LBJ on KD (which I would do no matter what if i was the coach), then Wade takes Harden and Westbrook left with the mismatch to go nuts.

  • tpathi1

    and another thing Chris Bosh was out for 9 games. Out of the 9 games he missed the Heat lost 4 of those games..they lost game 5 too where Chris Bosh’s minutes were limited. If anyone wants to hate on the heat then fine, but if you guys are saying that the heat were exposed or anything…then yah they were exposed to the point that they cannot go far without a scoring/defending big which is what Chris Bosh gives the Heat. With Chris Bosh in the lineup the Heat only lost 2 games in the playoffs. One of those losses in the playoffs(game 5 vs celtics) Chris Bosh played like 14 minutes. This team is COMPLETELY different when he is in the game and healthy. Any talk about how the Heat are lucky to get to this point are null and void and the troubles they showed against other teams this playoffs. As long as Bosh is healthy, this should’nt be too much of a contest…with all that being said we seen the Heat jag hard last year around now..so maybe itll happen again!

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    Disappointed that KG didn’t get to play for another ring, but as a basketball fan, you can’t really ask for a better series. Forget who is better than who and just enjoy these guys playing at the top of their games. Hoping this one goes 7. I really think the NBA should consider having Inside do post game coverage for the entire playoffs, regardless of what games actually appear on TNT. ESPN and ABC are really bad.

  • Mike From Spain

    How is the Heat going to contain Russel Westbrook, Harden and Durant? With the interior defense presence the Thunder have, maybe the Thunder can stop a bit of penetration from Bron and Wade. Sefolosha is a nice perimeter defender, and Durant is also no slouch on the defensive end. The Heat bigs and the Thunder bigs are not the greatest scoring bunch (oh wait I forgot about Bosh). Both coaches are probably not the ones held in greatest esteem by fans. The strengths and shortcomings of either team seem to be in the same level, I cannot really tell who will win.

  • R32

    Stage is set for the NBA Finals the whole world wants to see – Miami vs. OKC. War Heat!!

  • Layzie

    I kind of like how most people thinks OKC will win the series. I think MIA plays better as the underdogs. Its going to be a great series no matter who wins. But I do want to see LeBron get his ring. I can’t wait til tomorrow night!

  • Da-REAL-Meat-Hook

    Bola, It pretty much goes both ways. What’s your point?

  • http://slamonline.com rr

    lets go miami in 6 lets go bron wade and bosh and the rest of the heat were healthy and confident keep faith

  • bike

    If MIA loses to OKC, it won’t be on LeBron. MIA has got to get more than 100 percent out of everyone to beat these guys. OKC, as a whole, is a better team and much deeper than MIA. Still should be a classic series and here is hoping it goes 7 games.

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    bosh will be HUGE in this series. If he can pull ibaka and perkins out of the middle Lebron and Wade will be much more effective. plus his P&R defense will be key. I don’t think sefolasha shuts down Wade as much as ya’ll are thinking he will. hopefully wade get’s his knee drained again though.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    This dude posts comments under Caboose, nbk, and my name. Why not just sign in as yourself and post basketball-related matters like an adult?! Why post homo comments under other commenters’ names? My guess is that you have been owned by either nbk, Caboose, allenp, and whoever else you impersonate in a previous post, and this is your sad, pitiful way to trying to get even.

  • http://slamonline.com Caboose

    Meathead, it’s because it’s funny and you whiners gett mad. That’s what’s so funny moron.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    I’m half woman.

  • clydesays

    Congrats to the Heat. LBJ seemed to find another gear. & Bosh showed up big. My C’s gave it a good run, but it’s hard to win (esp. a vet team) with little or no bench scoring. In the end, I think the starters were just gassed. Interested to see what Ainge gets up to in the offseason…

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    no one finds it funny

  • Bola

    Lebron best perimeter defender? I’m not seeing/hearing well. Lebron is okay with his defence but best perimeter? I have seen dudes touch lebron on any good given night.

  • tpathi1

    @Bola, who would you take over him as a ‘perimeter defender’? He did make the all defensive 1st team. If you don’t want to say he is the best then fine..but he better than the “okay” you are labeling him as a defender..i would think atleast…KD consistently raping LBJ for 30pts even just seems a little suspicious…something has got to give..either Miami does not put LBJ on KD most of the time..or what KD shoots 10 ft’s if not more a game over Lebron? I just don’t see Lebron in foul trouble, and or KD consistently burning Lebron. It could happen, but I don’t see it happening.

  • tpathi1

    KD probably had the best all around game over LBJ in the regular season when the Thunder played the Heat at home, and I don’t even think he had 30 pts that game..he did have a myriad of stats and put the clamps down on Lebron on the defensive end too..but then Lebron got his revenge when the Heat played at home. LBJ doesnt get touched for 40 pts unless its a summer league game or something. He gets game winners drained on him, but players historically do not do well against his d throughout the game.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    We find it funny. Who cares what you think

  • http://www.slamonline.com brown chicken

    …..it is pretty funny, and im not that dude