Well, now. Wonder how the LeBron haters are gonna spin this?
It was "only" the Pacers? It was "only" the second round, so it doesn't count as one of the great playoff performances ever?
Forget that noise. Hate him or not, the 40-18-9 LeBron strapped on Indiana yesterday is a stat line matched only one time in NBA history -- by Elgin Baylor, 51 years ago. And it happened in a game the Heat had to have to avoid losing complete control of the series.
So, the series goes back to Miami all even, something the Blob suggested the other day might happen. Although I undersold LeBron and D-Wade by saying they might go for 30 apiece.
They went for 40 and 30, respectively. Their combined numbers, across the board, were 70 points, 27 rebounds and 15 assists. Sounds like all that premature talk about the Heat being dead (and Lance Stephenson, Pacers knucklehead, giving LeBron the choke sign the other night) might have ticked them off a mite.
On the other hand, here's how you spin Game 4 positive, if you're the Pacers: For the Heat to win this series, LeBron and D-Wade pretty much have to put up a stat line comparable to Sunday's every night. And that's just not going to happen.