There were no staredowns during or after this game. Instead, LeBron James and Michael Jordan shared a brief embrace after the Miami Heat finished the Charlotte Bobcats off in a sweep. James then trotted off to celebrate with his team. For Jordan, it had to be a humbling moment while conceding defeat.
But even Jordan’s gotta admit that the Heat, and mainly James, have looked unstoppable in comparison to his squad. And for that matter, the rest of the field.
Unlike the Indiana Pacers, who can’t shake the pesky Atlanta Hawks and the Oklahoma City Thunder, who probably wish they never got a first-round matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies, the Heat went with the flawless victory and now get to rest up and wait for the winner of the series between the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors.
For the Heat, the win and sweep proves they’re in the upper echelon of playoff teams and at this point, they are potential locks for the finals. For James, it means he may have stamped his ticket to a MVP win over Kevin Durant.
In the first round, no one has matched the consistency of LeBron and for that, you have to give the man his due. James shot 35 percent from the arc in the four playoff games and 55 percent from the field. His 120 points in the postseason are second only to LaMarcus Aldridge. If the Pacers fail to close and are upset, the Heat could end up on the fast track to another finals berth.
That has some teams scared. That has some fans scared. Truth be told, no one wants to see the Heat take it again. But in this game, the “ball don’t lie” and right now, James and the Heat have all the juice. Until someone proves otherwise, everyone should be put on notice.