For a Miami Heat team that is 33-4 this season and 8-0 in the playoffs when it scores 100 points, James' refusal to get his team over the hump once again was alarming.
Kevin Durant and the whole Thunder team showed a lot of heart last night. So in return here's my loud, heartfelt playlist for my new favorite team.
"It ain't where you're from, it's where you're at." With that in mind, let's go Heat. No one can debate how good their game is. So when the NBA finals begin tonight with the jump ball, I know who I am rooting for. But it is not Micky Arison.
After dismantling San Antonio and its 20-win streak in the West, Thunder coach Scott Brooks now faces the task of defending a super-confident LeBron James. The question becomes: Will he double-team him, or try and live with his scoring while attempting to shut down Wade?
The Celtics failed to show up Thursday night and tried to defend James with a bundle of different looks; will LeBron come out in Game 7 with the same mindset? Or, will he fall to 0-3 all-time in Game 7s?
I'll watch that. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Masters Champ Bubba Watson will play together for the first two rounds of next week's U.S. Open.
LeBron and Spoelstra are easy targets to throw under the bus when the Heat eventually get eliminated but not the right ones. You can't win in the NBA without depth, and the Heat has none. That's on Riley.
Paul Pierce did it again, ladies and gentleman. In a series full of young superstars, Pierce -- as he has throughout his entire career in Boston -- provided yet another dagger in the biggest of playoff games.
For weeks now, the Celtics have given Bostonians every right to root and dream even as national NBA analysts and hometown sports reporters dissected their aches, their age and their weaknesses.
Their win on Sunday night put the pressure back on the Heat and, more importantly, back on LeBron James. Pressure bursts pipes and the Celtics have seen him crack before.
Nationally, while all eyes on Florida, Miami Dade's local elections, which take place in August, are going rarely noticed. This is more than a shame considering the impact these local elections will have on all of us.
It was not supposed to be this close. Boston was not supposed to be this good; Miami, not this vulnerable. Four games through what has already been a grueling Eastern Conference finals, Miami and Boston are dead even at two games apiece.
Although this was his best season statistically there are other players whose individual contributions were more vital to their respective team's success.
Night after night, game after game, on offense and on defense, they are now working together as never before to produce plays that sometimes defy belief.
Not to beat a dead horse because lord knows this horse has gotten his share of wallops, but there is at least one more dynamic that needs to be looked at in the Pacers/Heat matchup -- the refereeing.
In a new segment with Noah Coslov of CineSport, I break down why two-time NBA MVP Tim Duncan is the greatest power forward of all time.