LeBron James faced a world of criticism after sitting out majority of the fourth quarter during Game 1 due to cramps. From internet memes to Gatorade taking jabs at the King, it was an onslaught of hate towards James. James was a national punch line for four days, and many wondered how James would respond in Game 2. To no surprise James answered the bell, and showed why he is the greatest basketball player on the planet.
It seems like every playoff series, whether it’s the media, players in the NBA or fans, they decide that it is a great idea to pick on the NBA’s best player, and that logic has proved that it has no effect on James.
It appeared that the San Antonio Spurs had a James flustered with a start, with 2 first quarter points, but then he erupted in the next three quarters. James finished with 35 points and 10 rebounds for the game. James got into a groove by posting up, getting a few transition layups and then, in the third quarter he turned into “Video Game LeBron James”. In the third quarter James went off for 14 points on 6-7 shooting. James scored from all over and utilized his jump shot, which is something he has had trouble with in the past when facing the Spurs.
When the Miami Heat‘s backs are against the wall they always seem to deliver when it matters the most. The criticism of the Heat and LeBron James’s resiliency is mind-boggling, and all it does it gives them more incentive to play well. This is a team that is on a quest for a three-peat championship, and they understand that history is on the line.
To some James will never be Michael Jordan, but that’s just fine, because he is creating his own legacy as LeBron James. With the series tied 1-1, the Heat are now in perfect position to take advantage of the series as they go home for the next two games. The Heat took care of business on the road by winning one of two road games, and now they have to protect home court. It will be amazing to see the difference in opinions over the next few days as people will praise James for his epic performance. Cramps uncharacteristically took James out of Game 1, and in Game 2 he cramped the Spurs style to will the Heat to victory.