Is It 2006 Already?

Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat, 2011 Eastern Conference Champions
Nam Y. Huh-Pool/Getty Images

In my previous post I wanted to witness amazing. Boy, did I get what I asked for.

The Heat stole Game 5 from the Bulls and claimed the Eastern Conference Champs T-shirts, hats, and trophy. Though the Bulls had a (you would think comfortable) lead with around three minutes left in the fourth, that margin disintegrated in mere seconds. LeBron did his thing, reminiscent to his moves in the Cavs uniform versus the Pistons during the final minutes of previous playoff games that made your eyes widen. Every time the ball left his fingertips tonight in the fourth, you knew he’d hit it. His three tied the game at 79, and it was pretty much downhill from there for Chicago. It feels good not to hate James and just enjoy his play. I can’t help but have a smirk on my face each time he drains the basket. He’s LeBron, and I’m not surprised. Four-point plays never fail to make my jaw drop, and Wade’s was no exception. Props to him, too. He looks all too familiar in that Eastern Conference Champion hat.

To the Bulls, much respect. It just wasn’t going their way this series, but they had an awesome season. They can only build on and improve from here, and I expect them to come back next year stronger and more experienced.

So now, it feels like 2006, and I’m watching the NBA Finals with the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat once again. Dirk, Jet, Avery, Cuban in the blue and occasional green on one side, and D-Wade, Shaq, Mourning, Riley sporting flames on the other. Except it’s 2011 so we’ll subtract Avery and Shaq, throw in a little Spoelstra, Bron, JJ, and shift some of the job titles around, and God-willing, we’ve got an entertaining NBA Finals coming our way.



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