"The Stack" is here on this Friday with one thing to talk about and that is the Miami Heat winning the NBA championship last night with their 121-106 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. But first, a couple of quick headlines. Closing statements in the Jerry Sandusky trial were made yesterday and the jury will take up the trial and deliberate. The defense's closing remarks were amazing, attacking the individuals, their families and the police and telling the jurors that their client didn't take down the football program, Joe Paterno or the university. I know they're defending their client, but these guys sound like asses. Also Sandusky's adopted son claims he's a victim and the judge is throwing out some of the charges. Amazing how these Penn State people work. Hope Sandusky still gets a lot of years in prison...Portugal defeated the Czech Republic 1-0 to advance to the semi-finals in the Euro Cup. Germany takes on Greece today at 2:45 PM ET on ESPN...Finally, Percy Harvin was back on the field Thursday for the Minnesota Vikings and while not speaking to reporters, took to Twitter to say he doesn't get the "crazy reports" and that Vikings fans will see him in Mankato. Is he bi-polar? Mystery surrounds this man. Now onto the final thoughts from the NBA Finals in the "the stack" for today, Friday, June 22:
Miami Heat run away with game five to win NBA title
The Miami Heat knew how important game five was. If they lost, they would have to go back to the loudest arena in the NBA in front of the best fans in the NBA where anything could happen. They didn't want to take that chance. So they came out and played game five like it was a game seven...desperate. And thanks to their business like approach and their desperation, the Miami Heat destroyed the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-106 (the score doesn't indicate just how big of a blowout this actually was) to win the series 4-1 and win their second championship in franchise history. More importantly though, the win gives LeBron James his first ring. The king has his ring. Along with LeBron, Chris Bosh also gets his first ring and Dwyane Wade picks up his second. The "Big Three" came through in their second year together, but they would not have done this in any way shape or form without the contributions of several key players.
Early on, it looked like both teams had some jitters. Neither team was making many shots and each team had a turnover or two. It was 7-6 OKC something like five minutes in. Apparently the Heat were just toying with the Thunder because the Heat rattled off nine made shots in a row including a couple of threes by Mike Miller from...South Dakota. He hadn't made a three the entire series and here he was knocking it down everytime he shot. Miller has had an injury-plagued tenure during his time with the Heat so you know his success last night had to make everyone on the team happy for him. Miller knocked down seven of eight threes for the game and finished with 23 points, third highest on the team. The Heat consistently made threes in this series and really could not miss from behind the arc the main reason why they won this series in my opinion. The Thunder struggled and it cost them a championship. Had some of the Heat's threes not gone in, the Thunder would probably be down 3-2 right now or leading the series, but poor defense and red hot shooting by the Heat will make you lose a series in five.
But Miller wasn't the only one knocking down threes. Shane Battier had a few. He was sensational in this series making three after three. Talk about clutch! Mario Chalmers added a couple. He really stepped it up the last two games. Rookie Norris Cole put in one. He helped swing the momentum of game four with his consecutive three pointers at the end of the first quarter and start of the second.
For as bad as the Thunder played in the first half, they found themselves only down ten at the half. They cut it to five in the third with a chance to cut the lead down to a one possession game, but Kevin Durant turned the ball over on a fastbreak and the Heat went down and hit a three. They added another three a moment later and just like that, the Heat were up eleven. That sucked the wind and wthe will to fight out of the Thunder, because the Heat poured it on after that. Durant was wild on a couple of turnovers, calls were going against the Thunder (big surprise) and the Heat made this game very, very ugly. Say what you will, but most people watching this series (the unbiased ones anyway) will say that the Heat got most if not all of the calls in this series. The older stars got way more calls than the young star duo of Durant and Russell Westbrook, who after scoring 43 points in gamae four and single-handidly almost winning the game for the Thunder, looked awful in this game shooting four of twenty from the field finishing with 19 points.
James won the MVP and righfully so. He recorded a triple-double with 26 points, eleven rebounds and 13 assists. He was terrific, but and I'm not trying to hate on the guy, but it is a lot easier to do that when you have contribution from all of your role players and you are playing with two fellow super stars. I think that is why a few people out there (Skip Bayless, cough cough) won't give this man the credit he perhaps deserves. I'll give him credit for being one of the best, if not thee best player ini the game right now. But it is hard to give him complete credit for winning this championship when he is playing with a Dwyane Wade and a Chris Bosh. "The Decision" rubbed a lot of people the wrong way, myself included, which makes me a lot less inclined to root for him because I want to see this guy win it on his own and not with the help of two fellow super stars. But, there is not denying how great he played this postseason and this season for that matter, winning both the regular season MVP and Finals MVP. He's the first player to do that since Tim Duncan back in 2003 with the San Antonio Spurs. The pressure, at least a lot of it is off James' back. He got the monkey off just like Steve Young did with the San Francisco 49ers when he won his first Super Bowl against the San Diego Chargers. So congrats to the King and congrats to the Heat. The Thunder will be back next year, maybe on a collision course with the Heat in the finals again. Wouldn't that be something. The NBA season has concluded, thankfully, and the Heat are on top.
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