Didn’t see Game 5? Don’t worry, I’ve got Cliff Notes.
— Early in the game, LeBron turned the ball over, tried to do one of those chase down block things and proceeded to get put on a poster.
— Chicago’s team defense looked more impressive than it had the previous three games. Miami appeared downright baffled at times as they struggled to keep the Bulls’ lead to under 10 points in the first half and much of the third quarter.
— Things looked bleak for Riley’s investment until a weird series of events happens. Taj Gibson receives a tech because of his reaction to a call. He really shouldn’t have and we tried to tell you about this rule way back when. Boozer flagrant fouls LeBron and then the free throws for the Heat start raining like dollar bills at King Of Diamonds this weekend.
— All while this is happening, no one knows what the hell is going on with Dwyane Wade who has nine turnovers. LeBron, meanwhile, goes ice cold (minus free throws) missing nine straight field goals at one point. Bosh, on the other hand, appears to be the one keeping them in the game (he finishes with 20-10-6 although no one will ever remember that in the grand scheme of things).
— Ronnie Brewer and the 75-year-old Kurt Thomas come in and by midway through the fourth quarter these two appear to be Game 5 MVP’s for Chicago. Then, the roof collapsed.
— Down 77-65 with just over three minutes left in the fourth quarter, James and Wade go on what will go down as one of the greatest barrages in playoff history (eerily reminiscent of Dallas’ Game 4 in OKC). Wade layup. James three. Wade three and one. James three. James steal. James step back jumper over Brewer. Rose misses the back end of two free throws. Bosh sinks two free throws. LeBron block on Rose. And just like that, the series was over. All in the house that Mike built.
The beautiful and gut-wrenching aspect about all this is four wins separate the “Hollywood” Heat from the biggest “we told you so” in sports history. Yet, the only problem – and it is highly volatile one, too – is the Dallas Dirks stand in their way making one hell of a storyline drenched NBA Finals. We’ll get into more of that later though. Willie P, I wish you the worst of luck my man as I’m sure the feeling is nothing but mutual.
While we’re here, let us have look at the highlights again, shall we?
While we all wait and prepare, here’s the full schedule for the 2011 NBA Finals with all games broadcast on ABC TV:
Game 1 May 31, 2011 at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT
Game 2 June 2, 2011 at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT
Game 3 June 5, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT
Game 4 June 7, 2011 at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT
Game 5 * June 9, 2011 at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT
Game 6 * June 12, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT
Game 7 * June 14, 2011 at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT