Originally posted on Hoops Manifesto  |  Last updated 5/23/12



It was just last Thursday that the Miami Heat were written off for dead.  LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were the least-clutch superstars ever.  The sky was falling.  Less than a week later, things done changed.

LeBron has shown why he is the best player in the world, averaging 35 points, 14 rebounds, 8.5 assists over the past two games.  Wade has shown why he is the best "second banana" in the world, averaging 29 points, 6 boards, 4 assists a game.  Additionally, they both have shot around 57% from the field in Game 4 and 5. 


But more impressive than the numbers is the simple fact that LeBron and Wade have stood up.  They haven't quit and backed down like it appeared like they were heading towards after the first three games of the series.  James and Wade (to a lesser extent) have had their mental fortitude questioned time and time again, and they seem to have answered the call.  While obviously LeBron will never be fully let off the hook (at least until he wins not one, not two, not three, not four.... rings), he has stepped up when his team needs him the most.  He has answered the call.  LeBron and Wade have proven that they can stand the pressure - it's Indiana that can't stand the Heat.



 
PLAYERS: LeBron JamesDwyane Wade
TEAMS: Miami Heat
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