Who Do You Take? Miami and Boston’s Best Game 7 Performers

By: 06.08.12

2. Kevin Garnett. Game 7s: 19.6/12.2/2.0/1.6. It was a young KG moment, in another uniform, in the second round, but give us this: his 32-point, 21-board night against a Divac-Webber-Bibby Sacramento team to win a second-round matchup in 2004 was an incredible game to watch. It helped push Garnett well past his “can’t win a first round” criticism, and delivered him into a conference final with aplomb. That was the first of five Game 7s, with an impressive rebounding line as a constant throughout except, most notably, in the final of the 2010 Finals against L.A. He had only three boards there, to go with 17 points. Something tells me he won’t be that inactive against Miami on Saturday.

1. LeBron James. Game 7s: 36/6.5/4/2.5. LBJ is like your run of the mill politician when it comes to courting public opinion. You have your diehard supporters and those that will never believe in him. In between there are those who ebb and flow with him. Count me in after his Game 6 on Thursday, with 45 points and 15 boards. But it’s not only that. He only has two Game 7 performances, but they’ve all been monsters. In 2008, against the Celtics, it was a 45-point, five-board, six assist night with just two turnovers. Before that, he went for 27 points, eight boards, two assists and three turnovers. The sample size is low, admittedly, and the latter game was a loss. Those samples, however, feature averages that would be hard to top on NBA 2K. You already know where you sit on LeBron, but after a game like last night, I think we see another big Game 7 from James.

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