The Miami Heat obliterated the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-106 to win their first championship with LeBron James at the helm. Dwayne Wade gets his second ring and Chris Bosh his first, but after falling short two years in a row, and enduring enormous scrutiny, scorn and pressure as a result of failings both real and imagined, James should feel vindicated. He was the best player in the biggest games and he earned this title and the Finals MVP trophy.
Of course, it was James’ otherwordly performance in game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals that turned the series against the Celtics. In retrospect, the Celtics proved the toughest test for the Heat on their championship march. Had the fourth quarter of game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals gone just a little bit differently…
But there’s no point in dwelling on that.
The Thunder will be back next season and so will the reconstituted Celtics.
The Heat are champions.
Welcome to the offseason.