MIAMI — The Miami Heat are absolutely terrifying closing out games.
That’s something my colleague Matt Moore said Tuesday night as the Heat steamrolled past the Mavericks in the final five minutes of Game 1.
But that’s also something no one on this planet was saying four months ago. At that time, it was about how Miami couldn’t close. It was all about how they were something like 2-17 on shots with the game within a possession in the final minute. It was all about their sub-par record in games decided by six or less.
Now look at them. Closing games like they’re Mariano Rivera. Amazing how talented people committed to their craft and willing to work hard can, you know, improve and stuff.
They’ve found an incredible rhythm and a superior confidence in what they’re doing. All five players walk to the same beat in those crunch time minutes. LeBron has sort of elevated himself to the closer role for the Heat, handling the ball and finishing out games. But still there’s nothing about who should be taking the shots or who should be controlling the offense. It’s just about getting it done.
And lately, man have they been getting it done. Keep Reading…