King James or Durantula?
The Finals that we all hoped for featuring some of the best young talent in the NBA squaring off against each other, the MVP up against the scoring champion, the Miami Heat versus the Oklahoma City Thunder...could game 5 be the end? Regardless what happens to finish the series currently led by Miami 3-1, either King James will finally get his ring or we will witness one of the greatest comebacks in sports history that will be put in the same category as the Red Sox coming back from down 3-1 to the Yankees in 2004.
As great as a comeback might sound to many of you LeBron haters out there, tonight the King will sit on top of his throne in Miami as a champion and here is why...
Lets first compare the two teams so called "Big 3"...even though the Thunder is more of an "Offensive 2" in my opinion. We have Lebron-Durant, Wade-Westbrook, & Bosh-Harden.
I don't care if you like Lebron James or not, he will go down as one of the best players in NBA history. And unlike Durant, Lebron has the entire package, which is why he was the MVP. Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of Kevin Durant and he can basically score at will with his length...but thats all he can do!! Lets take a look at the numbers:
Statistically they seem pretty equal, but there is one major stat that stands out for me...assists. LeBron has the vision and ability to get others involved whereas Durant just looks to score. Being a pure scorer isn't necessarily a bad thing, but what happens when Battier comes off Sefolosha and doubles Durant in crunch time of the 4th quarter? Since Sefolosha rarely touches the ball and hasn't already been involved, he won't have any confidence built up to make that big shot. LeBron on the other hand knows how to find people and that is why Chalmers and Battier have been deadly in this series. They would be capable of making that clutch shot if LeBron got doubled late in the game. If Durant isn't scoring, he is basically invisible on the court...if LeBron isn't scoring, he is racking up assists and playing good defense. KD has NO defense except maybe a blocked shot from time to time due to his length. The main question in regards to tonights game, however, is how will the injury effect LeBron? We shall see, but I think he is good to go.
If the Heat are to win this series, tonight is the time to do it, while on their homecourt. If they allow this game to go back to OKC then they could be in trouble with that kind of atmosphere. I'm looking for a great game and look forward to the King finally getting his ring tonight in game five. If the Heat fall short tonight, we could witness one of the greatest comebacks in NBA Finals history. Either way its going to be a great story