Did The Miami Heat Over-Celebrate Their Win Over Boston?
The Miami Heat conquered the Boston Celtics to make the Eastern Conference finals by winning by a score 97-87. It was a big win for the Heat who proved that they are the new Big Three. But by the way they celebrated their victory, you would think that LeBron, D-Wade and Bosh had just won the NBA Finals.
So does their victory celebration sit right with you?
On one hand, this was the series that everyone was anticipating. After Boston beat Miami in the season opener, most thought the Celts would have their number by the time the NBA playoffs rolled around thanks to their cohesiveness as a unit. You also have to consider the type of game LeBron James had. Everyone (myself included) has been critical of his ability to close out games and the manner in which he shredded Boston in the final minutes by scoring the last ten points. Not to mention this is the very team that most recall as the team LeBron “quit” against in his last game as a Cav. It was probably his best performance to close out a game since the pivotal Game 5 victory against the Detroit Pistons back in 2007 where he scored 48 points and closed the show with the team’s final 25 points (a series most have quickly forgotten as one of his best finishes ever). So this win was doubly good for James. And then there’s the fact there are a decent amount of people who think the Heat have punched their ticket to the NBA Finals as the Bulls or the Hawks simply aren’t strong enough. So that’s reason to celebrate.
But then again, this was just the Eastern Conference semifinals. They still have to possibly get through the #1 seeded Bulls and play in the Finals against either Dallas, Memphis or Oklahoma City. They are only halfway there. So there’s no need to shed tears as you still have more games to play. As a matter of fact, you were supposed to win this series. So if anyone should have been crying, it should have been Memphis for upending the #1 seeded Spurs. Nevertheless, here we are with the Heat moving on and partying like it’s 1999 all over again. We wonder what there will be for an encore?