On the night of June 5th the Miami Heat went down 3-2 to the Boston Celtics. Most fans, and media members believed that LeBron James and the Heat were once again finished. Meaning they would once again fall short of the NBA title, and were a failure. However, that changed June 7th.
June 7th, 2012 is going to be the date that goes down in NBA history. We're all going to remember it. It was a turning point for the Miami Heat's 2012 season, but most importantly the career of LeBron James. The passive, un-clutch, not a leader LeBron James took the court with an attitude I have not witnessed in his entire career. He looked like a man on a mission. A man who would not be denied from his goal.
LeBron went 19-26 from the field with a historic 45 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 assists stat line.
Thing was LeBron was aggressive, clutch, and a leader. All the things people said he was not before game six. He went on the road to the Boston Garden and blew out the Celtics by himself. His role players made some plays, but if I ever saw one man win a basketball game June 7th would be the date it happened.
Game seven wouldn't be any different. Close game in the fourth quarter, and with around 4 seconds left on the shot clock he knocks down a 35 foot jump shot from the Eastern Conference Finals logo. From the couch I screamed "No, bad shot!", and quickly went silent and smiled with pure enjoyment. LeBron James made a reference shot. A shot I can reference when I call him the best player in the NBA. The best player ever possibly.
Brian Windhorst of ESPN's Daily Dime said in his column...
It looked like this: 33.6 points per game, 11 rebounds per game, 53 percent shooting, six 30-point games, five 30-point/10-rebound games, a 45-point elimination game on the road and an 11-point fourth quarter to finish off a 31-point, 12-rebound effort in the first Game 7 victory of his career.
Perhaps it was his best series so far, but LeBron will have to out perform himself in the next round if anyone is going to remember it. Sports fans have short term memory loss for guys who lose. They won't remember June 7th if LeBron James doesn't win the Heat their second NBA Championship in franchise history.
This team is LeBron's team. There's no doubt about that. He'll take them as far as he can take them. We'll see what happens on June 12th.