With Game 6 of the NBA Finals done and the TV off and Dano stormed off to his room, my mind is still spinning. Bosh’s block/foul at the end of OT! LeBron’s shedding of the headband! Ray Allen thinking he’s still relevant! Dwayne Wade nearly destroying his own team! Manu playing like absolutely dogshit! There are a ton of things I could be yelling about in a bar somewhere, but I live on the east coast and its late and I have work in the morning. So, valued listeners, I will leave you with some of my parting thoughts on an epic penultimate game of the 2013 NBA Finals.
1. Dwayne Wade should not be on the floor. That sounds weird to say, doesn’t it? But its true. LeBron led Miami back from a 13 point deficit through the middle of the fourth quarter with Wade on the bench. During this stretch, Miami sent out LeBron, Chalmers, Allen, Bosh, and Miller. That line up makes a lot of sense, as Allen and Miller, for all their significant defensive liabilities, open up the lane enough for LeBron to drive and create. A crazy subplot of this game was LeBron’s insistence on drivingdrivingdriving every time he needed a basket, despite a ten foot cushion from San Antonio. LeBron’s jump shooting has gotten a lot better of late and he needs to be taking and making those shots. Especially if Wade is going to be on the floor. But if we remain in the status quo, LeBron needs shooters to spread the floor and Wade gums that up. The dynamic between Spoelstra and Wade may come to a head in Game 7, as Spo will probably need to tell Wade that he’s killing them and sit his ass down during the final minutes.
2. Chris bosh is not good at basketball. Bosh had a number of good plays during Game 6: the rebound and pass to Ray Allen to end the fourth quarter, the block of Danny Green to end overtime, the block of Tony Parker’s ill-advised jump shot during OT. That’s all well and good until you start to consider some of the rumors going around the League that Charlotte is considering dealing the number four pick in the upcoming draft for Bosh. Play like those in Game 6 will keep insane ideas like that alive, despite their tremendous insanity. Chris Bosh is in no way / shape / form a first option on a team that wins more than 30 games. And while I understand that Charlotte is currently looking up at 30 as a goal, they’re getting the Hornets name back soon and should be able to fein some self respect. There is absolutely no reason to overpay Chris Bosh. He made is bed in Miami and should be forced to sleep in it.
3. Manu has the potential to be just terrible. Fuck.
That’s how it seems to me in the aftermath. I’m omitting some obvious and important points too, such as “LeBron is amazing despite his unwillingness to take jump shots when given a Wade-like cushion”, and “I expect Splitter to get blocked every single time he touches the ball”. It was a great game. Let’s do it again Thursday, keeping in mind that the home team has won every Game 7 since 1985.