May 22, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) dribbles the ball past Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) in the overtime of game one of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. The Heat win 103-102. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
The first game of the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals certainly made things interesting for the series. The series so far has been 3 Greats: great defense, great hustle plays, and great players. We here at Space City Scoop we will analyze those greats.
D.J. Augustin, who scored 8 points and had no turnovers for his 15 minutes. He showed that he can make a big impact in Game 1.
Paul George, All-Star
3 pointer with .7 seconds left? No problem. (Take that, Ray Allen!)
Another 3 pointer, leading to 3 foul shots in for the lead against the top team in the NBA over the MVP of the 2013 season? No problem.
Is LeBron James the son of Steve Nash and Grant Hill?
LeBron James made the game winning shot last night, as well as posting a triple-double (30 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists) thanks to the Paul George induced overtime.
But let’s forget about that for now.
He did a great job playing pick and roll with Chris Anderson, who looked like Amar’e Stoudamire in his days with the Phoenix Suns as a roll man on pick and rolls. LeBron directed all the attention from the Pacers defense, as they would leapt in the air when LeBron got up to the hoop, only for him to pass to Anderson who dunked after the rest of the Indiana Pacers felt the force of gravity. Anderson was 7/7 from the field against the Indiana Pacers in that game thanks to James (and not to mention his 10 assists.)
He has shown that his caliber as a point forward might possibly be better than Grant Hill in his golden years.
May 22, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat power forward Chris Andersen (11) drives to the basket as Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) looks on during the second half in game one of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Miami wins in overtime 103-102. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
However, although LeBron won the battle, he did not win the war yet. LeBron James only beat the Pacers at Miami by 1 point. Imagine how much trouble he will have in the next game and in Indiana based off the great performances Indiana had at this game. Would Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade almost had 40 points if the game was not put into over time? Will it happen again based on how poorly they have been playing during the post season?