Miami Heat: Attack Of The Others
LeBron’s Friends Finally Show Up
I said it. You said it. We all said it. LeBron James has to be Mr. Do Everything for the Miami Heat just for them to win one game, let alone four. Then he came out and let the others carry him to victory. Mainly, co-captain Udonis Haslem.
“He’s the heartbeat of this team,” said Dwyane Wade to the press, echoing the sentiments of James about Haslem. “When he talks, everyone listens.”
Apparently the team captain gave a Pat Riley-esque speech that shook up the Heat and forced them to realize that their Big Three legacy was on the line. And yes, you read right, the speech came from same guy that the reporters suggested coach Erik Spoelstra plug on the bench so that Shane Battier could get his stroke back.
After two games of not showing up, Haslem went out and pulled the pressure off of James’ back.
He and Chris Bosh started them off on the right track, hitting rainbows from everywhere — the left baseline, the right baseline and from three. Their offense seemed to give everyone else confidence in their shaky shots. And it showed.
The team came out locked in from the start. James parked himself on the block, muscled Paul George and looked to stop their infamously slow starts. But this time, he wasn’t alone.
Check out the next five slides to see which six Heat players helped out the most.
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Richard Nurse is a Miami Heat columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @blackirishpr.
The Other Two Of The Big Three
The rest of the three came up slightly big to ease LeBron James' shoulders.
Chris Bosh nailed jumper after jumper and 3-pointer after 3-pointer until the referees literally took him out of the game. But once foul trouble put him on the bench, Dwyane Wade picked up the slack by hitting circus shots, even getting enough explosion to throw down a monster dunk.
More Mario Than Wario
Mario Chalmers gave the Heat more good plays than bad as he scored 14-points and carried the team throughout the third quarter.
Birdman Flies High Within Five Feet
Chris "Birdman" Andersen continues to nest in the paint as he's gone 13 of 13 in this series and 16 of 16 since Game 4 in Chicago.
Mr. 305's Surprise
Udonis Haslem set the tone for the Miami Heat by knocking down 15-foot jump shots to open up the lane for Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James to drive.
His 17 points and seven rebounds was his most productive playoff game since the team won the championship in 2006.