When properly motivated, the Miami HEAT are an unstoppable machine. What will be their motivation for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana Pacers?
In Game 6 of the HEAT's 2012 series with the Pacers, Dwyane Wade murdered them on their own shit with 41 points, 68% shooting efficiency and 10 rebounds. Wade went homicidal for Udonis Haslem being suspended after he retaliated against Tyler Hansbrough's flagrant foul on Wade with one of his own.
Who's going to be motivated by Chris Andersen's suspension for Game 6 this year?
Motivation seems to be the difference for the HEAT in this series. LeBron James said after Game 5 it seemed like the HEAT were waiting for the game to come to them in the 1st half instead of going to get it. Motivated by a halftime deficit & dialogue, they went out and took control of the game in the 3rd quarter.
Trailing the Pacers 1-2 in the series going into Game 4 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Semis, LeBron murdered them on their own shit with 40 points and 18 rebounds to even the series at 2-2. This year, the HEAT got out-rebounded 49-30 in Game 4 after taking a 2-1 lead in the series.
After the HEAT blew out the Pacers by 18 points in Game 3, I compared them to an efficient, artificially intelligent killing machine. But they're not. They're humans, flawed by the inconsistencies of emotion.
The Miami HEAT are not an unstoppable killing machine like the Terminator's SkyNet. They're more like the Transformers' Optimus Prime - the most powerful machine in the universe that has moments of weakness.
Which Optimus Prime will show up in Game 6 - the one that steamrolled over Decepticons to defend the home base or the one that hesitated and got destroyed?
I know which one HEAT fans want to see...
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...HEAT fans want to see the homicidal LeBron James that murdered the Celtics on their own shit in Game 6 last year after falling behind in the Eastern Conference Finals 2-3.
This year, the HEAT go into Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals with a 3-2 series lead. We'll see at 8 PM on TNT if they come out homicidal for a trip to the Finals or home-sick for a Game 7.