Miami | Friday, June 8th, 2012
by Ashley Gatrost
I can only imagine the dark cloud hovering over the streets of Boston today. LeBron James’ performance in Game 6 last night was exactly what Miami fans were looking (and hoping) for. Arguably one of his best elimination games, James outshined and outplayed his opponents, delivering a hard blow to the Celtics and evening out the score at 3-3. James was an unstoppable force and his 45-point game was the lifeline that the Heat needed to pull out their 98-79 win.
With Game 7 fast approaching, the outcome seems like a question of talent or teamwork. The Celtics’ defense was on point, forcing James into taking some difficult shots and somehow still managing to sink them. Fans were biting their nails as James shot 3’s with hands in his face, fade-aways to the side, and an array of turnarounds while being double defended. With the Celtics’ defense being good enough to force those, it looks like James will have to have another standout performance in order for the Miami Heat to be named the champion of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Post-game, James said the following:
“I will continue to be aggressive. I will try to continue to play at a high level like I’ve done the whole postseason. If it results in the numbers or whatever the case may be, I’m going to go out there and play my game, and play as hard as I can,” he said. “I don’t really care what the stats say. I won’t regret Game 7, win lose or draw. I’m going to go in with the mindset like I’ve had this whole season. And we’ll see what happens.”
We can only hope that King James will be up for the challenge on Saturday night as the Heat take on Game 7 with a home court advantage.