Chris Anderson should have been ejected from Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals for pushing Tyler Hansbrough but the story of the game was LeBron James.
King James continues to solidify his metamorphosis. With every clutch performance he records, he continues to reinforce the permanence of going from LeBron James to King James. He scored 16 of his 30 points in the third quarter and spearheaded the Heat’s dominance to take a 3-2 series lead.
D-Wade and Chris Bosh combined to score 17 points. Although Udonis Haslem and Mario Chalmers picked up the slack, King James was why the Heat won this game. LeBron James has transformed his person in Miami and that transformation has reduced the “Big Three” to “The One and Only” in South Beach.
“Well, that’s playoff competition at its best. The second half we played much more aggressively and committed to our identity and was able to take that through to the end,” said Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra.
James is the Heat’s identity.
And it’s LeBron James’ transformation to King James that makes me resolute in my opinion that intensity is good. The rage tree is good when you compete on the floor, on the field, on the diamond, on the ice. And laughing, smiling and trying to play it cool is bad.
Generally speaking, every player that competes in a physical, aggressive sport would be better wielding the Hammer of Intensity than trying to stay cool. That’s a dogmatic statement — I realize that — and although I’m willing to acknowledge that it’s not a prerequisite for success, I would argue that success would come more often by using the power on an intense mind.
Wouldn’t it, Dwight Howard?