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Monday, June 3rd, 2013 at 11:00 am  |  38 responses

LeBron James Looks to Get Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh Going in Game 7


by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

Consider the following: through six games in the Eastern Conference Finals, LeBron James has scored 16 points more than Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh combined.

In many ways, tonight’s Game 7 in Miami will serve as a referendum of sorts on the legacy of the fabled South Beach Big Three.

Can Wade and Bosh break out of their slump, break away from the clutches of the relentless Indiana Pacers defense, and help James reach the NBA Finals for the third consecutive season?

So far, both coaches are saying what you’d expect about confidence and execution, but this will come down to LeBron finding a way to elevate his teammates’ play (and massage their severely bruised egos).

Per the Miami Herald:

Speaking after Game 6 late Saturday night, James indicated he will do all he can to help them both before Game 7 at 8:30 p.m. Monday. Asked how much their combined 4-for-19 shooting can be attributed to the Pacers’ defense – as opposed to their own issues – James said, “It’s a little bit of both. They’re two great players. When they don’t shoot or play well, it’s more on them. It’s not taking credit away from Indiana’s defense. They were amazing. … But I think Dwyane and Chris have seen every defense ever applied to them in their 10-year career, and they’ve been able to figure it out. This one just took a little longer.”

James has been sensitive to Wade’s knee injury throughout the playoffs, remarking several times that Wade is not 100 percent but still giving everything he has. James responded delicately when asked about Wade’s postgame comment that he needs to have more opportunities. “I may have to look over the film,” James said. “I know he missed a couple chippies that he wished he could get back. He had a layup or two layups in the third, pretty good looks, some looks he hadn’t had all series. He went around Roy Hibbert and he missed one at the rim. He had another one that rimmed out as well. Those are rhythm plays for anyone. When you’re struggling, the best thing to get is a layup or a dunk. He missed a couple of them.”

LeBron James acknowledged that Chris Bosh’s shot has been off, but allowed that it could partly be due to an ankle injury.

LeBron has done everything for the Miami Heat in this series — leading the team in scoring, rebounding and assists — and now he must do a little more to push them into the championship round.

He may have left Cleveland behind, but James continues to carry the same burdens.

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  • Dagger

    I wish that we’d focus more on qualities like unselfishness and being a great teammate when we evaluate star players. Since Jordan’s heyday we always celebrate ruthlessness and the selfish desire to take the last shot, but we forget that Jordan started winning when he learned to lead and sacrifice. If the Heat win tonight, it’ll be good to see Duncan and Lebron – two of the most unselfish, team-orientated guys in the league – playing in the Finals.

  • Max
  • Sizzle

    I know Wade is hurt, and not to use a cliche, but he looks like is really “going through the motions.” Every once in awhile he will show a burst of speed, but most of the time he is running at half-steam. Almost like he is doing practice drills. He looks disinterested, ditto for Bosh.

    If the big 3 does get broken up, it would be interesting to see who it is. Wade or Bosh? I highly doubt Wade because of all he has done for that franchise. Bosh probably gets moved, and then potentially Bron leaves once he hits free agency (depending what happens). This could be the last game of the wade/lebron/bosh era (is it really an era though if it is only 3 seasons?). Then it will likely be LeBron/Wade/??????

  • i_ball

    The Pacers are unselfish as a team – unlike some players on the Heat team

  • Drig

    Part of me wants to see Heat lose just to see what sort of backlash the Big 3 get. Also, to see whether LeBron entertains the thoughts of bailing out in ’14………

    Part of me wants to see the Spurs ( It’s disrespectful to Pop/Duncan/TP to call it one of those 3 guys’ team ) vs LeBron and the Heat though. Pop’s wizardry and Timmy’s ageless play vs the utterly dominant play of LeBron.

    I was kinda disappointed with how the Lakers went out on a whimper due to forces outta their control but for the most part, the Playoffs have been a sight to behold for the basketball fan within me.

    Hope Game 7 goes to OT and we see some big career defining plays in this.

  • i_ball

    Let’s see if Manu is a prophet – 5 OTs. I would looove that

  • Reality Slinger

    Looking forward to the Pacers winning, and then hearing the excuses. This will be a great summer soap opera. LBJ back to the CAVS next year, and Wade county goes back to the dude who won the first ring there in a FULL season.

  • Junkie

    I don’t think it will be that drastic after this season but certainly they’ll be looking at moves and maybe this ‘no big man’ team strategy isn’t working, they’re seeing what a team with two quality bigs is doing to their interior.

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Heat go home tonight

  • jtrain73

    Gotta grab Oden (is it possible salary-cap wise though?)

  • Sa

    Talk about throwing lbj under a bus, probably the most consistent player in the nba and wade and bosh are literally cruising through games. They both need to step up.

  • Dominican Jordan

    Now LeBron is the one who has to get Bosh and Wade going before a crucial Game 7? Just like how in his Cleveland days he had to get all of those bums going. This just goes to show how right Lebron was in saying that and how much Wade and Bosh have fallen on. They’re supposed to be superstars, they should be able to get themselves going. Wade should know that better than anybody, instead of whining & making excuses. Try harder.

  • spit hot fiyah

    i really hope joey crawford doesn’t ref tonight

  • Dfrance

    LeBron has to pull a 2006 playoff Kobe here and refuse to shoot just to prove a point.

  • Dfrance

    I think Roys “You motherf*ckers don’t watch us” coupled with “I don’t care if i get fined” is what did him in more than the no homo.

  • Max

    Yeah, but I still think he would have gotten a fine if he didn’t do that, just not as big.

  • bike

    LeBron has requested the MIA crowd to chant ‘Ho Nomo!” every time Hibbert touches the ball.

  • 1982

    I’m skipping my own basketball league game tonight to watch this – if the refs pull the champs through I don’t know how happy I’ll be even if I’m rooting for them.

    If you were David Stern, and you’re one game away from deciding whether the single biggest event in your league is going to be the dynastic Spurs vs the defending champion Heat; OR the slowest, ugliest grind it out series in years…

  • 1982

    A courtside Jason Collins will regret coming out in this game.

  • spit hot fiyah

    it’s not just the fine, it’s the reaction as witnessed by our comment sections. lebron really flew under the radar with this one. this has to be a few years old right?

  • spit hot fiyah

    well they play in miami

  • bill

    You mean the ones that took a pay cut so they could all be on the team and win titles together….those “selfish” players? With the leader of said team that ranks in the top 10 in assists? So selfish…

  • bill

    Must suck that your team couldn’t win a ring during a season that wasn’t even full one, huh?

  • Junior Taylor

    and proceed to get burnt alive at the stake after the game.

  • i_ball

    Taking a pay cut and going to a state without an income tax. And then they don’t pay income tax on their endorsements.
    And I said some players – LeBron excluded.

  • Sizzle

    I wouldn’t have thought so myself early in the year, but I think the Bulls series and this series have changed things. Chicago went down in 5, but with a healthy D-Rose who knows where that series goes. Most of the games were close because Miami’s lack of size was exploited. This series the same thing is happening but Miami has had more trouble getting over it. Pacers will be relatively intact next year, ditto Chicago. Even if you look at the Knicks during the regular season, they destroyed Miami on the boards. Plus with teams like Memphis out west coming up, the small ball style that succeeded in last years run, is likely not going to continue to be an advantage in the coming years. It does make you think though, if Miami had a half-decent center to go along with those three how good they would be. Right now they rely on the individual greatness of mainly two players (more like one in the ’13 playoffs) to overcome their other weaknesses. I think they need a servicable center. Doesn’t have to be an all-star (couldn’t afford that anyway), but Bosh isn’t a true center. Neither is Haslem. I will say I do think they win tonight, each time their back was against the wall they responded. I’m excited.

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Yep, 2010

  • Dfrance

    Nothing he hasn’t experienced before. lol

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    idk man, the Jason Collins thing is still relevant right now.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Nah, go 2004 Kobe and shoot so much that your second star gets traded in the off-season.

  • Max

    Yeah 2010.
    First time I saw something like this blow up like that is when Kobe did said something on the bench..

  • spit hot fiyah

    at the ref

  • Melvin flynt

    Lbj dwade, bosh and Miami will rise the occasion! Game 7 history in making.. Let fireworks begin!!

  • robb

    Playing with someone like Lebron’s not always as good at it seems because he spoils his teammates, you know what I mean? The guy’s always trying to get everybody involved, getting them open shots, helping on D etc, but instead of taking responsibility for not executing properly (easy shots and even layups) Wade says he needs more opportunities? c’mon!

  • Dacre

    Stern could be basically thinking of spurs v pistons all over again

  • The Seed

    I stated that this would go 7 games. If Bron chokes, Pacers win. Its that simple.

  • pepper my angus

    hibbert going to call collins tonight for after party thats for sure..

  • bill

    They don’t determine the amount of their endorsement deals. That’s ALWAYS the highest bidder because they aren’t working they’re selling for a different employer. I was talking purely a pay cut from their common employer not their freelance endorsement work that they would’ve gotten no matter where they signed.

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