David Stern is a giddy man right now. Even Manny Pacquiao was willing to delay his fight in order to watch the Eastern Conference Finals.
Just a week ago, there was a possibility of the San Antonio Spurs and the Boston Celtics meeting each other in the NBA Finals, a ratings nightmare for David Stern and the league. Instead, the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat, or shall I say Kevin Durant and LeBron James, will be facing each other this coming Tuesday; for what expects to be the highest ratings in NBA history.
In a must win Game 7, Miami’s Big 3 combined for 25 points in the 4th quarter. Chris Bosh showed his value once again by contributing 19 points and three 3-pointers, Wade had an efficient 23-point night, and LeBron was LeBron, while playing a whopping 47.5 minutes.
Love him or hate him, but LeBron James silenced his foes for at least for one more night.
As far as the Celtics, this may be the end of their Big 3 era. Their trio put up a great fight, but they simply looked old and gassed by the 4th quarter. Doc Rivers said after the game, “Honestly, I felt like we had nothing left.” The bright spot, however, is that Rajon Rondo had a historic night by being the first player in NBA history to have two Game 7 triple doubles, with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 14 assists; a building block that any NBA franchise would want.
The Miami Heat have now made the Finals for two consecutive seasons, since the inception of the Big 3 era last year. This time, Miami’s Big 3 will be facing another Big 3 in OKC. And the MVP could arguably be up against someone that might, just might, be even better than him. Only time will tell.
Let the LBJ vs. KD match-up begin.