On paper it would appear that Lebron James led the Miami Heat to a victory in Game 4, tying the series up at 2-2. I mean he did have a historic 40 points, 18 rebounds, and 9 assists….wait, let me say that again…..the man had 40, 18 & 9.
What a beast.
But what I saw Sunday in Indianapolis was a team that fed off another superstar in black and red…in a way I haven’t seen all season.
Dwyane Wade bounced back from a horrible Game 3 to contribute 30 points and 9 rebounds in Game 4. But if you watched the game, Miami didn’t start playing well until Dwyane did. He started the game making 1 out of his first 8 shots, continuing where he left of Friday night.
Dwyane’s 5-point burst at the end of the 1st half (a tough 3 over Paul George, then a backdoor cut and dunk over Tyler Hansbrough) envigorated himself and his teammates. The subsequent face-off with Danny Granger only gave Wade more energy and resolve.
This team’s defense and overall energy didn’t come alive until Wade did late in that second quarter.
It showed that throughout all Lebron’s greatness, this is still Wade’s team. He’s been the face of the franchise for almost a decade, and is the only champion on this roster (other than Udonis Haslem). It’s fitting that even Udonis seem to come alive after Dwyane’s rebirth Sunday, too.
Following a cold start, Wade hit his next 11 shots.
He never looked back, and neither did his teammates.
Inside Choke: I didn’t really have a problem with Lance Stephenson giving Lebron the choke sign in Game 3….but I did have a problem with Juwan Howard going down to the Pacers side of the court during warm-ups to lecture the youngster. Handle it after the series.
Juwan, you’re just an annoying old grumpy dude.