I won’t lie to you, I am a Celtics fan. Been watching the team since my youth and the first jersey I bought with my own dollars was a Larry Bird #33 away jersey. However, I was one of many who nearly broke his Blackberry when the C’s traded away Kendrick Perkins & Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City.

The writing was on the wall for the boys when the playoffs even hit. Yes, destroying the Knicks in four was perfectly fine but Miami posed a larger challenge, especially considering that Miami was finally clicking as a team after March Meltdowns made us peg them as choke artists, a team that couldn’t close a game after holding a lead. It was all fun and games for the Celtics since they had the psychological edge.

Then LeBron James realized he was the best player in the world.

For a night, The Decision which I skewered heavily made sense. James knew that he had to beat Boston to gain any sort of legitimacy post-Cleveland exit. In one four minute period, James made sure that all the demons (his Game 7 duel with Paul Pierce in 2008, the ugly two game swan song in Cleveland & Boston last season) were exorcised.

The second three from LeBron to definitively put the Heat up meant everything. You can tell in LeBron’s actions right after that he looked possessed, like he KNEW everything was finally going his way. Follow that with a steal and then a layup and it was LeBron’s most “I’m That Man” performance since his 48-Special in 2007.

Post game, LeBron finally gave Cleveland what it was looking for these past ten polarizing months: an apology.

“I knew deep down in my heart, as much as I loved teammates back in Cleveland and as much as I loved back home, I couldn’t do it by myself… I went through a lot signing to be here and the way it panned out. I apologize for the way it happened, but I knew that this opportunity was once in a lifetime.”

All the words of not being clutch, at least for a night went away. All the rumors about Delonte West, about Dwyane Wade being the better teammate (he is but that’s another story) were buried for a night. LeBron James and his contingency let out a proud roar for finally vanquishing the Green Monster.

Now if the basketball Gods would give us a Thunder/Heat Finals.

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  1. Chris Ross

    Good post. I think the whole not clutch going away after a couple of big shots is pretty ridiculous. Lebron has been given so many opportunities to succeed at the end of games that it was about time he made some big shots. He’s such a good player that it’s almost like he was due. Law of averages. Well not really, but he’s going to have to do it more consistently for the label to go away. I’m a Lebron hater so I’m definitely biased, seeing as I don’t want to see that label leave him. Also, you think you could check out my blog cuz I’d love to hear what you have to say. http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2011/05/12/miami-is-wade-country/

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