LeBron James came through with a big game, as we expected. He stepped up on the big stage and now appears ready to take home his first Larry O’Brien trophy.
The task? First he must go through Kevin Durant and the Thunder.
It wasn’t shocking, because as I wrote in the last piece regarding James, his aggressiveness rendered him very successful. The Celtics were unable to force him into shooting many threes, and then when they did, he hit one, nailing a 26 foot jumper in the waning minutes as the Heat came back from down one with eight minutes to go.
It was disappointing for Celtics fans, but James may now be on the verge of truly solidifying himself as an All Time great. He’s finally found a way to be clutch, but the real task will come against Durant, whose scoring ability is at least as good as James’ and he has the talent to make this Finals a very exciting one.
The Celtics now face difficult questions: Do they rebuild? Do they make one more run? Do they do BOTH?
Decisions will have to be made regarding the future of free agents Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, and with a loaded draft class, it may make the most sense to unload and attempt to gain high draft picks. Sign and trades are possible, and after the NBA Draft shakes out, Danny Ainge can attempt to gain some perspective on where to go with his acquisitions.
There are a lot of unanswered questions for the Celtics, but not for the Heat. They just received a huge contribution from arguably the best player in the game, and the Finals will be very exciting. It’s just a pity Paul Pierce and company won’t be there.