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Three Stars of the night: Once again, LeBron tops Green

Mar 19, 2013, 1:56 AM EDT

Heat forward James reacts after making a basket during their NBA basketball game against the Celtics in Boston Reuters

On a night with some big games and big lines — Stephen Curry had 30 points and just misses out — two of our three stars come from one game. One of the best, most entertaining games of the season. We couldn’t leave either of these guys off.

Third Star: Wilson Chandler (35 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists)

The ending of this game was controversial — I think Joakim Noah did have offensive interference, but so did Kosta Kufos 40 seconds earlier — but it shouldn’t overshadow a huge game from Wilson Chandler. He did much of his damage in the first half, scoring 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting. He had 8 more in the fourth quarter. Chandler was in attack mode and was getting his shots at the rim all night long, which is something Nuggets fans want to see more of.

Second Star: Jeff Green (43 points, 7 rebounds, 4 blocks)

This is the Jeff Green we wish we saw every night — he was attacking, getting to the rim and looking for his shot. All too often he has been coasting through games, willing to defer (to Kevin Durant in OKC, now Paul Pierce or others). Green was attacking on Monday, getting his shots going to the basket more often than not. He also put in a big night of defensive effort — nobody stops LeBron but Green made him work hard for his points. It was a fantastic two-way effort that was the only reason the Celtics were in it at all at the end.

First Star: LeBron James (37 points, 12 assists, 7 rebounds)

The Heat have 23 wins in a row because LeBron James. He won them this game. He was the guy getting the points, and if he didn’t score himself he was setting up teammates. And the Heat needed every bit of it. Down the stretch of a close game Miami went with isolation after isolation squaring LeBron up on Jeff Green, and when it mattered LeBron was hitting the game winner over Green.

LeBron looked every bit the MVP Monday night. As if that post-season award were in any doubt.

  1. reddolfan66 - Mar 19, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    Anybody seen leChoke lately??

  2. 808raiderinparadise - Mar 19, 2013 at 3:51 AM

    Dominant, straight balling.

    Boston fans were going crazy …
    up 17 ….boo-ing Lebron boo-ing Ray Allen, when they should of just boo’ed their home team.

    Boston choked. shot 62% in first half, it was a fluke lead … Jeff Green was ballin, but guess it didn’t matter since Paul Pierce, “wasn’t impressed”.

    LeBron is in his prime, for years to come everyone is a witness. He has become a consistent closer.

    Boston is a great matchup for HEAT, but i still see HEAT fairly easily run thru the EAST to the finals.

    • andyhr17 - Mar 19, 2013 at 8:27 AM

      You sound like a rambling incoherent crazy person.

      • heat256 - Mar 19, 2013 at 10:31 AM

        You mad bro?

        Green was on it last night. Hat’s off to him. C’s showed no quit in them, and it made the game interesting. I give mucgh respect to the Celtics. They are not and won’t ever be an easy out. However, the Heat showed poise and resiliency in a building where they couldn’t win in the regular season if they tried. They earned the win – and the 22 preceeding them – and showed they are a special team, even when they are making you tear your hair out while they are coasting early on.

      • andyhr17 - Mar 19, 2013 at 11:16 AM

        I’m ain’t mad, bro. That was a helluva game. Besides adding an L to their record, I’m quite pleased with last nights game. Showed how they are capable of getting it done in the playoffs and to never count them out.

        I was simply stating he sounded like a rambling incoherent crazy person. I stand by that.

  3. broncobeta - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:16 AM

    The nuggs-bulls game was much less controversial than you make it out to be. Noah obviously goal tended and you could argue that Kosta’s wasn’t anything at all.

    The refs had many bad calls in that game. Butler would jump into everyone and get the foul. Noah pushed Chandler out of bounds and no foul. Noah fouled Iggy on his clutch three, Thibs went crazy and no tech.

    Also, what a great mention of the Nuggs 12th straight win.

    You can make excuses for the Lakers getting their butts handed to them, but nothing about a game that we actually good?

    In starting to understand that you’re not basketball fans around here, just fans of the super-stars. Sad.

  4. kavika6 - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:51 AM

    Is that freak dancing again? What a punk. Grow up!

    • jt1138 - Mar 19, 2013 at 8:18 AM

      Yeah, he’s celebrating his cold blooded jumper that beat his hated rival. Why don’t you grow up.

  5. mungman69 - Mar 19, 2013 at 6:22 AM

    James is the best….ever? He’s fun to watch.

  6. doublezero74 - Mar 19, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    “The only reason the celtics were in it was Jeff Green” says the author. No crap really? You could easily write “the only reason the Heat were in the game was
    Lebron James” and it’s just as true. Matter of fact James is such a difference maker, you could say the only reason the heat are above 500 is lebron James. That team goes through him on everything they do (which they should he’s great) but they’re also so dependent on him it’s scary. 4th quarter offense is give the ball to LBJ and stay in the corners for a kickout 3. If he goes down that team is lost

    • brutl - Mar 19, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      “The Heat have 23 wins in a row because LeBron James. He won them this game.”

      Umm.. could have? You mean did?

    • nobandwagonridersallowed - Mar 19, 2013 at 11:17 AM

      Someone will always find something negative to say no matter what this team does or doesn’t do… You really can’t believe the Heat would be barely over 500 if, Lebron wasn’t playing… Ummm, have you seen the play of Wade since he’s been considered “100%” or as close to it from his knee surgery?? He’s attacking an explosive again.

      What you commented about should be irrelevant, mainly due to the fact that every team that’s in contention can have the same things said about them… Just fill in the blank. I understand that everybody isn’t a Heat fan as I am, however, you have got to admit that if there was a Heat game on that you could watch in your local market that you’d be glued to the tube waiting to see what’s gonna happen next. The Heat, Thunder & Clippers are all so exciting to watch. Show time is back in the NBA

      • andyhr17 - Mar 19, 2013 at 11:36 AM

        I find your username ironic.

    • borderline1988 - Mar 19, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      You’re comparison is lacking one fundamental point.

      Lebron James consistently plays on an MVP level, to the point where a 37 points 12 assist game isn’t even such a big deal. It’s what we’ve come to expect. Of course the Heat would be lost if James went down, but pretty much every team in the league wouldn’t be able to win a championship if their best player went down. The Celtics are the only team that got better when their best player went down..but maybe that should say something about the player who went down instead of the team (likely it’s a combination of both though).

      But Jeff Green going off for 43 points? The Celtics, generally not known for their offense, hitting 63% of their shots in the first half, against one of the best defense in the NBA? That’s not going to happen many more times.

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