Throwback Thursday: J-Will Leads Miami to '06 Finals
The Miami Heat went all out in 2006 after they acquired Shaquille O'neal and failed to reach the NBA Finals, losing to the Detroit Pistons in the 2005 Eastern Finals.
They acquired Antoine Walker, James Posey, Jason Williams and Gary Payton to help solidify a supporting cast around a budding superstar in Dwyane Wade and the Most Dominant Ever in Shaquille.
They went through a coaching change after 20 games when Pat Riley took to coaching one last time to lead the team he himself assembled.
In Game 6, the Heat were facing an inspired opponent in the Pistons who had reached the Conference Finals almost every season. They held a 3-2 series lead at home, however, Dwyane Wade was feeling ill and his ability to get the cup was severely hampered by his health. Someone aside from Shaq had to step up.
Jason Williams, the man most notorious for his incredible passing ability from his first three years in Sacramento, was the man for the job. He hit his first 10 shots, scoring 21 points and dishing out 6 assists. It was far and beyond his most effective playoff game with the Heat and it came at the opportune time, allowing his team to advance and later win the franchise's first NBA Title.
Because we honor the throwback Game 6 in which J-Will lit up the Detroit Pistons, we add a the White Chocolate highlight reel for those of you who salivate at the sight of a near-impossible pass: