James Finally Gets Over Boston Hump

By Off the BASN Wire
Updated: May 12, 2011

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BOSTON, MA—LeBron James felt he needed to go to Miami to team up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in order to beat Boston, the team that had eliminated his Cleveland Cavaliers from the Eastern Conference playoffs in 2008 and 2010. Boston went out and got their own Big Three in 2008 by picking up Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to play alongside Paul Pierce, so the blueprint had been set. The Heat knew that if they were going to emerge from the East, they likely would have to go through the Celtics, their second-round opponents.

NBA odds at BetUs had the Heat as the favorites in this series, and even though they did come away with the win in five games, it may have been the toughest five-game series in playoff history.

The Celtics, even though they were overmatched and were dealing with an injured Rajon Rondo, never laid down for the Heat and showed them what takes to be a champion. But the Heat were too much, and even though you could argue that Wade was the best player against the Celtics, this series will be defined by James’ play in the second half of Game 5, especially his 10-0 run to hammer the final nail in Boston’s coffin. Wade carried the team in the first half, but James picked up the slack in the second and quieted some of the critics who said he wasn’t clutch.

The celebration may have been a bit much, but it was a very big deal for James and the Heat to beat Miami. Wade and Bosh also had problems with the Celtics in the past, and if winning the NBA title is priority No.1, beating Boston was No.1A. James took a lot of heat for his “Decision”, but it looks like it was the correct one.