LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have found that this Heat team always responds best when the chips are down, when their backs are to the wall, when only a hero could survive the long odds they've encountered. My question has been, when exactly are they talking about? This team has been together for one season. Their greatest regular season tester was a 9-8 start. They lost exactly one game in each of their three Eastern Conference playoff series. So when was all of this attrition you've overcome, fellas?
Chris Bosh, most recently, after Game 4 of the NBA Finals, in which the Heat did lose their second game in a series but still were tied 2-2 with home court remaining and all of America still assured that they would win the series, said that this sort of scenario is what they thrive on. So, reviewing this team's history in scenarios like Game 5, let's tabulate their results. Getting out my calculator to add them all up ... let's see, they are now ... 0-1.
There is great news, though. From last night at about 10:45 they have almost 70 hours to actually have their backs against the wall, to draw from that treasured history of all of the times this group was down in a series and came back. Here's hoping they continue their storied history in high pressure playoff games.