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LeBron James makes bold statement that should scare opponents

Apr 22, 2013, 5:53 PM EDT

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The Heat beat Milwaukee 110-87 in Game 1, only their second win by such a wide margin over a playoff team since the season began – and the other came way back in early November. Miami was clicking on all cylinders yesterday, clearly locked in for a long playoff run. It barely seemed fair how good the Heat were. They were playing at their absolute peak form, and the result was a thrilling display of precision and skill. It just can’t get any better than that.

“We know we can play a better game,” James said.

Excuse me?

If the Heat are driven to play better than that, we can mark the Bucks down for a sweep right now. Heck, we can probably just give Miami the championship.

Of course, it’s not easy to perform so well every game, but these Heat seem driven to achieve greatness. They chased the all-time win streak record, and now they appear motivated to destroy their playoff opponents.

If the Heat play as well as they did in Game 1 the rest of the playoffs, I like their chances of winning a title. If they play better, well, we’ll have to discuss the greatest playoff teams of all time.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Please. They struggled for an entire half — not coasted — STRUGGLED with the Bucks. They BETTER bring 4 quarters when they face the Knicks or they will be sitting home come June 5.

    • pantsfreezone - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:20 PM

      I assume you mean next season because the ECF is going to feature the Heat v Pacers.

      The Knicks are overrated.

    • Distinguished Male - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:29 PM

      How about both teams go ahead and finish their current series before we start talking about a potential matchup, yeah?

      Also, if they struggled for an entire half, yet still won by 23…..dang son. That’s even scarier than a full out consistent game. No wonder LeBron says they can play better.

  2. lakerluver - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    LeBron is so “scripted”.

  3. conjecture101 - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    now we’re counting wins over the bucks as “statement games?”

  4. thenmoveback - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    The game may have been close at points in the first half but not for one second did the Heat struggle

  5. rodge1 - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    That’s cute, Knicks go up one game in a playoff series for the first time this decade and the fans are puffing their bird-chests out now. Bless their hearts… I feel bad for the real Knick fans that sit in the upper sections. Must be freezing up there with no championship banners to block the air conditioning vents’ swirling winds.

  6. nomorsacbball - Apr 22, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    first off, it was the bucks a team with a losing record. they better win by 23! second, just because you say you can play a better game doesn’t mean it will happen. he can only control what he does not his teammates. and to the joker who has to bring up a teams past. what does it matter if the Knicks haven’t won in years? this years team is a contender. remember LeBron didn’t have any rings before last year? it all has to start somewhere.

  7. 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 22, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Guys guys guys. They’re not worth it.

    Lots of work to do before it’s Heat/Knicks. For both teams. The Knicks aren’t our problem. No other team is our problem. Just got to handle our business tomorrow night. Worry about the next game when it’s time. Like LBJ told Chalmers toward the end of Finals Game 5, “it’s not over. Gotta keep playin’ ball.”

    • miamatt - Apr 22, 2013 at 7:33 PM

      On the money.

      The other thing is, LBJ is totally right on this. Miami turned it over way too often, and missed a bunch of 3’s that they normally make. They’re just getting started.

  8. realninerfan22 - Apr 22, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Tim grover said lbj has not reached that level of mental toughness of guys like d wade and kobe. Basically saying lbj cant lead his OWN TEAM to the finals because he’s not there mentally.. Very great assessment… I think

    • leahcima1 - Apr 22, 2013 at 9:56 PM

      How stupid can you get. You by any chance watch any of last years playoffs? Any of this season?

    • mydoghasfleez - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:02 PM

      Tim Grover…………..yes, one of the giant minds of basket ball.
      “can’t lead…………because he’s not there mentally” WTF does that mean?
      “Very great assessment… I think” Piss-poor assessment & no, you DON’T think.

    • melkipershero - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:01 AM

      Its people like you who are blinded by LBJ hate. You been asleep for a year?

  9. fanofevilempire - Apr 22, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Knickerbockers busted up the Pacers just a few games ago, oh wait, the
    Pacers didn’t know the game counted for the two seed and pooped themselves.

  10. simonwelds - Apr 22, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    The Heat were never in danger; The knicks had there hands full, if pierce and Garnett were hitting there jumpers they would have won, lebron doesnt need to fear the knicks because the knicks wont be in the ECF

    • jolink653 - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:12 AM

      Yeah, because a team that made it into the playoffs with next to no playoff experience on the roster equates to a veteran Celtics team with how many playoff games under their belt? The Knicks beat the Celtics playing Boston’s stule of game…And why don’t you check the season series between the Knicks and the Heat before you determine that the Knicks are nothing for then to worry about

  11. DonRSD - Apr 22, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    73-9 next season.

  12. jacksonkane - Apr 22, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    They are thanking god every night they signed Bird Man. He will be a key role player to their repeat. Their rebounding is so bad otherwise.

    • scalfor3 - Apr 22, 2013 at 9:14 PM

      Hate the heat, but man they made a great move by signing Birdman. Perfect fit for their team

    • borderline1988 - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      Miami’s 3pt shooting is better this year, and the Birdman does give them a rebounder/shot-blocker who can actually do a little more than get out of people’s way on the offensive end.

      This Miami team is significantly better than last year. The only team I would worry about in the East is the Knicks but there’s a good chance they won’t even make it to the 3rd round.

  13. judsonjr - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    They were at their peak form when the Bucks had their epic lineup in at the end of the 3rd quarter:

    Ellis, Mbah a Moute, Reddick, Henson, Udoh

    That juggernaut went turnover, missed 3, missed 3, missed jumper all while the Heat reeled off a bunch of consecutive dunks. Game over right there.

  14. gmsingh - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Wow, it’s as if the Heat were an alarm clock and LeBron just hit the “snooze” button!

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