LeBron James cannot do it all himself and in Game 2 of the NBA finals he got help from his teammates especially Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The big three and Shane Battier carried the Heat to a 100-96 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Bosh and Wade both bounced back from weak games in game 1.
Bosh started for this game for the first time after being injured. This was a move that had to be made. Bosh is not a player that comes off the bench he needs to start. Bosh finished the game with a double double. He had 16 points and 15 rebounds. Playing 40 minutes Bosh was a monster in the paint and was really aggressive. In fact in game 1 all of Bosh’s field goals attempts were outside the paint. In Game 2 10 of his 13 shots were inside the paint.
Wade was not his normal self in game of 1 of the NBA finals. He just did not look aggressive at all. He is battling an injury but still that was no excuse for his poor play. Right from the start Wade looked like a different player in game 2. Wade finished the game with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. He shot 10 of 20 from the field and made 4 of 6 from the free throw line. This is the Wade we are used to the player that keeps on attacking.
In game 1 Wade and Bosh combined for 29 points and 9 rebounds. In game 2 the duo combined for 40 points and 21 rebounds.
Battier continued his hot shooting in the NBA finals. Battier finished with 17 points including 5 three pointers. Unlike Bosh and Wade Battier was equally strong in game 1 making 4 three pointers.
Unlike the players above you can always count on a consistent effort from James pretty much every time out. Once again James was unstoppable. In the game 2 win James finished with 30 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. He also made two clutch free throws down the stretch.
The Heat need consistent efforts especially from the big three if they want to win the NBA title.