Will Loss Lead to ‘Big Three’ Breakup?
Desperation is the cusp of elimination, and Miami couldn’t have possibly reacted worse to it a season ago in the Finals. Now, the Heat get to show the progress that they’ve made, the maturity, the poise, the championship DNA that exists somewhere within them. Now, the Miami Heat get to reveal themselves in the purest, truest way on Thursday night at Boston Garden, and the truth about this diabolical basketball creation comes tumbling out into the light now. Whatever they are, they show themselves now. Whatever happens, LeBron James and the Miami Heat own it. Whatever happens, history gets to the judge now. And this is merely the Eastern Conference finals. They weren’t created to hang that banner, but the big one, and that feels far, far away now.
And yet somehow, someway, they have to stop fighting the weight of this burden, and embrace the entirety of this experiment. One more loss, and Armageddon awaits for this franchise and its stars. One more loss, and the wall could come tumbling down on LeBron James, these Heat and a world that may see a modern basketball superpower dismantled before everyone’s eyes.