Can James, Wade Impose Their Will?
They were ridiculously good, but they were ridiculously good because they wanted to be ridiculously good — unlike in Game 3, when (Dwyane) Wade didn’t give a crap. (LeBron) James played better than Wade in Game 3, but he didn’t play like he played Sunday, attacking the rim, waving teammates out of the way so he and Wade could go two-on-five and win this thing by themselves.
I’m talking about force. I’m talking about will. The same things (Eric) Spoelstra was talking about when he said of Wade and James, “They were tremendous tonight with their force and their will.”
After Spoelstra said that, I asked him a question that went something like this: “You mentioned the ‘force’ and ‘will’ LeBron and Wade played with today. Why don’t we see that more often?”
Spoelstra answered my question with one of his own:
“Did you play this game?”
Not in the NBA, no. Neither did Spoelstra. But he did go to college, and he is a smart guy, which means he’s intellectually quick enough to duck my question about the desire of his best two players — specifically Wade, who was listless and apathetic in Game 3 — and turn the spotlight back on the media. Which is fine. Heat fans will love Spoelstra’s response, the way he stuck it to me, and I don’t really mind it. He gave me a story, didn’t he? As if LeBron and Wade didn’t give me one, give all of us one, with their dominant show of force and will.