With Lebron, Miami is in good hands

IF today’s Game 2 between Miami and Indiana goes cliffhanger again, please review Game 1.

Miami won the NBA Eastern Conference Finals opener on Thursday when it should have lost it.

The Heat snatched the win by a whisker when it should have lost it – also by a whisker.

The score was 103-102 for Miami in overtime, courtesy of a game-winning, uncontested lay-up by LeBron James.

Three men conspired to almost make Indiana the winner.

Ironically, two of them were from the Miami side: Ray Allen and, hold your breath, Dwayne Wade.

The third one was Pacer Paul George, whose heroic efforts were aborted by James with a single catch, a single dribble and a single lay-up for the win.

Now to Allen and Wade.

Allen could have made Miami the winner outright had he not split his charities in regulation.

After that came the improbable blast from 35 feet at the buzzer by George, knotting the count to send the game to overtime.

The importance of the free throw came to the fore again when, with 2.2 ticks left, Wade fouled George attempting a three, Miami up by two 101-99.

Incredibly, George sank all three for a 102-101 Indiana bubble.

Coach Erik Spoelstra of Miami sued for time and, when play resumed, James received a quick inbound right of the key.

He dribbled once as he turned to his right to attack the glass, completely leaving George behind.

When LeBron’s stab found the heart, it triggered a roar that echoed from Miami to Orlando all the way to Havana.

The MVP shot that could only come from James, who won his fourth MVP this year in five years, also emphasized LeBron’s versatility.

His one dribble after receiving the inbound was with his left hand, LeBron using his massive right shoulder to protect the ball against George before and during the bankshot – also using his left hand.

He could have easily dunked it. But who would have need of that when a lay-up was also worth two points like a dunk?

With his 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, LeBron scored his ninth career triple double.

It appears like Miami and Indiana are two evenly-matched teams.

The difference is, Miami has LeBron James. The rest is soy sauce.

(alsol47@yahoo.com)

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