When LeBron takes the court for Game 5 on Sunday night, nothing will have changed.
Even though he bounced back in a big way, a resounding 33 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals in Miami’s 109-93 Game 4 win, the verdict is still out. He’s has proved his naysayers wrong time and time again, but they keep coming back.
Just like the Spurs.
Miami and San Antonio have alternated victories through the first four games, in Game 5 the Heat have a chance to change that.
LeBron: "I think it's time. It's time for us to win consecutive games."
— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) June 15, 2013
That doesn’t mean the Spurs will, though.
Tim Duncan on Game 5: "It is a must-win situation. If we lose this game, we're not giving up. But it is a must win."
— Michael Wallace (@WallaceNBA_ESPN) June 15, 2013
If both teams come in with that mentality, we should start buckling in now. We could be headed for one of the greatest Finals game in some time.
The matter of the fact doesn’t change, though. Win or lose, it all falls on LeBron. One way or another.
This is LeBron’s reality. If he plays good, even great, it’s only “good enough” until the next game.
Because this is who he’s become. There will always be the doubters. LeBron could win 5, 6 or even 7 titles, and people still won’t give him his due diligence.
This is what’s its come to. Maybe it’s respect, maybe it’s dis-respect. We won’t know until 10-15 years after he’s hung them up. An artist’s work is always undervalued when he’s alive. Once he dies, it skyrockets.
LeBron james is a Mona Lisa. I just hope we realize how special he is before it’s too late.
Before LeBron’s reality becomes our reality.
A false one.