One of the biggest NBA games in recent memory takes place tonight in Miami when the Indiana Pacers take on the Miami Heat what should be an intense game seven. The Indiana Pacers have used their size to beat the heavily favored Heat three times this series and push them to the brink of elimination, and fans have seen Paul George make the leap from an All-Star caliber player to a Superstar, who can hang with the Miami Heat’s “Big Three”. Lebron James is the best basketball player on the planet right now, he is in his prime, and he should have a monster game against the Pacers tonight. However, the question for the Miami Heat has to be, “Will LeBron get enough help?” Teammates Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, the other two Miami Heat players who make up their “Big Three” have been disappointing at best during the Eastern Conference finals, and former star Ray Allen looks washed up. The players who have helped LeBron James the most in this series have been Udonis Haslem and Chris “Birdman” Anderson. All of the pressure will be on the Miami Heat in this game, everyone expected them to win the NBA Title this year, and nobody expected the Pacers to stretch this series to seven games. The winner of this game meets the well-rested Western Conference Champions, the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals, and it is clear that league officials will be rooting for the Miami Heat. A Spurs vs. Pacers finals would do poorly in the ratings, as it would lack the star power of a Spurs vs. Heat Finals, and not as many casual fans would watch. Many true NBA Fans are Miami Heat haters, and will be rooting for the upstart Indiana Pacers, who have a tough task ahead of them. I am picking the Heat, they have home court advantage, and the best player in the world on their side. I would expect LeBron James to take the ball to the rim against Pacers center Roy Hibbert early, in attempt to get the Pacers big man in foul trouble, and I am really hoping that the referees will let the players play and keep the whistles in their pockets tonight. I will be rooting for the Pacers, but I am picking the Heat.
It has been a long time since we here at SportSmasher.com went with a “Drunken Live Blog” for a game, but on a Monday night I can think of nothing better to do than fire up the iPad, pour several tall pint glasses of vodka, and live blog the NBA Eastern Conference Finals: Game Seven. Hit it.
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– I have heard rumors that the Miami Heat will make changes if they lose this game, and the fall guy may be Chris Bosh, who could be shopped this offseason. The Heat know they could get multiple players for Bosh and think they may be better off with a tougher inside presence who can rebound and protect the rim, like a young Chris Bosh, not a soft jump-shooting four, which is how Bosh has played in 2012-2013. In Bosh’s best year with the Toronto Raptors he averaged 24.0 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. In his three seasons with the Heat, Bosh’s averages declined each year, (2010-2011 18.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2011-2012 18.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2012-2013 16.6 points, 6.8 rebounds). Not good, Boshtrich.
– If I am the Miami Heat, I send LeBron James right at Roy Hibbert early and often, and try to get the Pacers big man who has dominated this series in early foul trouble. Without Hibbert’s interior presence, the Pacers are a different team, and Miami know that.
– I hope the referees let the players play physical and only call obvious fouls, but I am very skeptical that this will happen, I expect Miami to get a lot of hometown calls. As I stated in the intro, Pacers vs. Spurs would be a nightmare finals matchup for the league, when it comes to revenue. The NBA has to want Miami in the finals.
– Big three by Pacers Lance Stephenson. If he gets hot, he’s fearless, expect him to keep shooting. He’s got some irrational confidence.
– George Hill hits a three for the Pacers too. Nice start for Indy’s backcourt.
– Miami is clearly trying to get Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh involved early (8 shots in 5 mins. Combined), but they are forgetting about the MVP, which is a big mistake. LeBron needs to take this game over like he did third quarter of game five if Miami wants to win.
– The Pacers have to be really healthy with their start. Up 12-6. Timeout Miami.
– The Heat are doubling Hibbert leaving Lance Stephenson and he has made them pay so far. Has knocked down a three and a long two.
– The Heat are crashing the boards hard. Ridiculous follow jam in traffic by LeBron. Heat go up one. Timeout Pacers after back-to-back turnovers by Hibbert.
– Instead of having nightmares about Dwayne Wade in those Gatorade ads, Kevin Durant should wake up in the middle of the night having a nightmare that the Thunder traded James Harden for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb and a late-lotto pick in one of the weakest drafts in history. Then realize it actually happened.
– Paul George with a long three. He needs to get his shots. He is still figuring out just how good he is.
– Mario Chalmers has really started to piss me off. Every time he shoots, he screams for a foul. Every time he is called for a foul he freaks out. Anytime someone bumps him, he flops. Enough, dude.
– Chris Bosh is shooting every time he touches the ball and the results are bad. 1-8. Maybe he has heard the same rumors that I listed above.
– The Birdman is shooting 86% in this series and he will likely have the highest shooting percentage of all-time for a series. Insane to think hr was unsigned until mid-season. He has meant so much to this team.
– The Heat had ZERO assists in the first quarter.
– The Pacers had NINE turnovers in the first quarter.
– Just a pretty no look pass from LeBron to Ray Allen who drills a wide open three. He looked like the greatest three point shooter of All-Time Ray Allen and not 2013 washed up Ray Allen on that play.
– Ray Allen is shutting me up. He just hit his second three. Followed by a beautiful alley-oop from Norris Cole to LeBron James. Heat by six.
– Chris Bosh with back to back buckets including a three. He’s now 3-10 from the field but very fired up for a guy shooting 30%.
– 11-2 run in favor of the Heat with both Hibbert and George on the bench for the Pacers. I wonder if Frank Vogel will regret benching his two best players at once?
– Ray Allen is showing me up. 10 points with three three pointers. Chris Bosh also has seven rebounds. In my face.
– Three fouls on Hibbert. Ouch. Pacers down 11. I was right about Miami attacking Hibbert.
– LeBron has 18 points, and it seems like a quiet 18 points, which is very bad for the Pacers. The Heat are controlling the flow of the game.
– Heat by fifteen at half. Paul George is 1-6 from the field. This looks good for Floyd “Money” Mayweather who apparently laid $5.7 million dollars on the Heat (-7).
– In that commercial where the husband falls asleep watching his NBA app and turns into Kevin Durant, we are all in agreement that the Asian mother is going to bang Kevin Durant, right? I mean she is all tuned up.
– Why is Marv Albert’s twitter listed as @NBAonTNT? He doesn’t have a personal Twitter? Probably a good idea after the whole women’s underwear and S&M scandal. That would be like Anthony Weiner starting up a Facebook.
– LeBron for three. Heat by 15. This is getting out of hand. If the Pacers don’t make a run soon I may have to switch over and live blog WWE Monday Night RAW.
– Dwayne Wade has been all over the place tonight. 12 points, 6 rebounds. Soaring around the rim on every missed shot, hustling, diving for loose balls. Why can’t he play like this every game? if he did, the Heat would have swept the playoffs.
– The Pacers were the more physical team all series, but the Heat are the much more physical team tonight, and are pushing the Pacers around. Biggest lead of the game, Heat by 17.
– So White House Down is the same exact movie as Olympus Has Fallen, right? Except Channing Tatum plays the Gerard Butler role. Same exact premise a month apart.
– How much did Ted Turner sell Bleacher Report for? I’d sell Vince McMahon SportSmasher.com for $50 million. Come on, Vince. I know you love competing with that Atlanta hick. Lets own the Internet and put Turner out of business, just like you did to his WCW.
– LeBron with a bad walk after hesitating on a pass. Worth mentioning because he actually did something wrong on a basketball court.
– Five fouls on Roy Hibbert. Heat by 19. I’m about to start shoveling dirt on the Pacers.
– Just four offensive rebounds for the Pacers. Meanwhile on Monday Night RAW Ryback is tossing around Daniel Bryan.
– Heat by 21 after three quarters. SportSmasher. Getting bored. Drunker.
– Gerald Green checked in for the Pacers and has three fouls in about 2 minutes. And is complaining about every one of them.
– So this LeBron James fellow is rather talented when it comes to the recreational sport of basketball. 30 points for the MVP. Plus he locked down fellow All-Star Paul George, who just fouled out with 7 points on 2-8 shooting. LeBron. So hot right now. LeBron.
– Heat up 26 with five minutes left. Much better game for Wade. Huge game for LeBron. Nothing good to say about the Pacers in this game but much credit for taking the Heat to seven games. For the Heat it’s bring on the Spurs. Drunken live blog over. Adios.