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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Team Lebron Silences Doubters

Wild on Sports
Team Lebron Silences Doubters
By Wild on Sports Analyst Jason Gillson

Count me among the doubters. There is no way that one player can carry a team to a championship, right? Well, for game seven of the Eastern Conference finals between the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat that notion was half right; and the other half kinda sorta right as well.

Lebron James did not go out and drop 50 on the Pacers last night. Could he have? Sure, but that was the old Lebron, the 21 year old Lebron who single-handedly carried a Cleveland Cavilers team to the Championship series against more or less this same San Antionio Spurs team they will be facing starting Thurday night.

OK. Lets not get too far ahead of our selves here...

Monday night may have been a defining moment in the career of a player who will arguably go down as one of, if not the greatest player of all time. He knew he had it in him to will his team to victory; all the truly greats do in game 7's. But at the same time he also knew that to make it to the promise land and beyond he would need a supporting cast this time around.

Lebron James needs Dwane Wade and Chris Bosh to win a Championship. Plain and simple.

He realized that in game seven, forcing the ball into the hands of his co-stars early and often. The hobbled Wade took advantage, cashing in 21 points - his highest total this postseason. As for Lebron - a mere 32 points, 8 rebounds. Not bad for a nights work. In fact, pretty damn good.

The Heat had their foot on the gas from the get go. Indiana, didn't do themselves any favors. They looked nervous, sloppy, overall just an inferior team. Not the team that beat the Heat convincingly three times in the series.

Now we shift our attention to a re-match of sorts. In 2007 it was Lebron vs. Ducan and the Spurs. Still in his prime, Duncan reined supreme, in large part due to a supporting case with the likes of Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, also in their prime. Some six years later they meet again. This time it is Lebron in his prime with a supporting cast.

Lets see what kind of difference this new Team Lebron makes.


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