Robert Stephens- Featured Writer
Heat get it done!
June 23, 2012 - It was a dream wish that has been granted.
The prophecy was fulfilled Thursday night as the Miami
Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-106
to capture the 2012 NBA championship four games
to one in that best of seven series.
“You know, my dream has become reality now
and it’s the best feeling I ever had.” James said at his
post game press conference.
A perennial 1st team all star considered the best player
in the NBA the past two seasons, LeBron was voted the
NBA playoff’s most outstanding player.
DeWayne Wade is going to savor this championshp.
“I wanted to become a champion someday.” James
said at his post game press conference.” I didn’t know
exactly when it would happen, but I put in a lot of hard work”.
James finished with 26 points, 11 rebounds, and 13
assists as the Heat won their second title this decade. Dwayne Wade and
Udonis Haslem are the holdovers
from that 2006 championship team. Wade finished with
20 points, 8 rebounds, and three blocks.
“I’m going to enjoy this one a lot more than I enjoyed
2006” Wade said at his post game press conference. “When
you get there early you say, ' Oh man we’re going to do
this again next year'. This is not guaranteed right here, man.
You have to enjoy this”.
“His leadership (Wade) this year was probably the
biggest difference from 2006,” Heat coach Eric Spoelstra
Chris Bosh chipped in with 24 points and seven rebounds
as the Heat displayed a balanced attack in securing the win.
Veteran Mike Miller found the fountain of youth and
scored 23 points, grabbing five rebounds. The Heat as a
team connected on 14-3 pointers.
Shane Battier chipped in with 11 points and four rebounds.
Mario Chalmers scored 10 points and dished out seven assists.
The Heat shot 52% from the floor. The Thunder shot
41% for the game. The Heat recorded 25 assists, spreading the floor against
the Thunder getting everyone involved.
“It hurts, man.”, Kevin Durant said at his post game
press conference. “We are all brothers on this team and it
just hurts to go out like this. We made it to the finals, which
was cool for us, but we didn’t want to just be there.
Unfortunately we lost, so its tough”.
Kevin Durant was understandably in pain
after the loss.
At the outset of this best of seven championship series
this reporter predicted a Heat win. The reason was experience, something
athleticism can’t overcome. The Heat went into their desperate mode
to overcome the young Thunder and started being physical with them.
So what’s in store now for the World Champs? Their roster has
to be tweeked with Miller (a history of knee problems, Juwuan Howard (Yes
he was there). The Heat if all goes well could win two more but anything
after that becomes dicey, but let’s see what the management does
to get LeBron some outside shooters.
The Thunder has time on their side but they have to sign Harden. A decision
has to made about Ibaka and do
you try to trade Perkins.
One things for sure ring the man up!
Here are the finals stats for the champion Miami Heat:
LeBron James 30.3pts. 9.7rebs. 5.6asst.
Dwayne Wade 22.8 5.2 4.4
Chris Bosh 14.0 7.8
Mario Chalmers 11.3 3.7 3.9
Shane Battier 7. 3.2
Mike Miller 5.2 2.5
Udonis Haslem 4.8 6.4