LeBron, Wade & Bosh Take Over Game 7; Rondo, KG Are Sore Losers

By: 06.10.12

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo was pretty good, too. He had the quietest Game 7 triple-double of all-time (22 pts, 10 rebs, 14 asts) and made more of an impression when he (and later Kevin Garnett) walked off the court with less than 30 seconds to go and didn’t bother acknowledging any of the Heat players. Remember when LeBron took a bunch of crap for not shaking Dwight Howard‘s hand after Orlando beat Cleveland in the 2009 conference finals? Let’s see how Rondo and KG will be treated … LeBron’s fourth-quarter dunk that gave Miami the lead before the big run will be the play all over the highlight reels — along with the 30-foot three he hit during that run over a double-team — but the play of the night might’ve been a defensive effort by LeBron. In the first half he threw a bad pass into the middle of traffic that Rondo picked off, but LeBron chased him down, ethered Rondo’s layup, and bumped him just enough that it looked like Rondo wouldn’t survive his crash into the baseline seats … Even through the TV screen, the pre-game atmosphere was electric. Magic Johnson looked and sounded like he wanted to ditch ESPN’s studio, borrow Eddy Curry‘s uniform and run point for the Heat. Jeff Van Gundy broke out his best church suit and felt compelled to comb the sides of his head. Bosh whispered through his pre-game interview like he didn’t dare rattle the concentration of his teammates, even though they weren’t in the same room with him. Paul Pierce was even pacing the hallway like he actually knew what it was like to be nervous … Forget what you’ve heard about LeBron or Blake Griffin or whoever: The best pure athlete in the NBA has to be Avery Bradley. On a late-night episode of “SportsCenter,” one of the anchors gleefully yelled, “Manny Pacquiao lost to Avery Bradley!” Starting guard for the Boston Celtics and a world-class boxer? That’s impressive … So now there are a lot of questions facing the Celtics: Was this the last time KG, Pierce and Ray Allen will play together? Will Bass cash in on his $4 million player option next season and assume the role of KG’s heir, or opt out and hire Van Gundy as his agent to get a bigger payday? And just how is Team USA boss Jerry Colangelo going to justify not bringing Rondo to London for the Olympics? … Only two questions for the Heat right now: How long is Mike Miller planning to blackmail Erik Spoelstra into giving him playing time? And what exactly does Miller have on Spoelstra that allows this blackmail to happen? … If you’re a barber in the South Florida area, or if you just own a pair of clippers and have eyes, please call 1-800-UDONIS-HASLEM and find out how you can help … And now the Heat’s reward for finishing off their playoff nemesis: A best-of-seven with Russell Westbrook, who clearly thinks he’s the best player in the world; James Harden, who quietly thinks he’s the best player in the world; and Kevin Durant, who doesn’t need to think anything because he might actually be the best player in the world. And they’ve had some rest and they have a crazy homecourt advantage. Have at it, fellas … We’re out like Boston’s Big 3 …

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