How the Heat can win Game 7

Examining five keys for Miami as it seeks to beat Boston

Updated: June 8, 2012, 11:29 AM ET
By Chris Palmer | ESPN The Magazine
LeBron JamesJesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty ImagesLeBron James' ability to get to the basket will be big for Miami in Game 7.

Another mega performance from LeBron James will almost certainly be counted on in Game 7, but nothing is more important for the Miami Heat's success in that game than each player performing a role that contributes to a larger, more effective team performance. From James on down, several specific things will need to be accomplished for the Heat to save their season and advance to the finals.

Here are five tasks Heat players must perform to win Game 7:

1. LeBron James: Go to the hole

Forget getting others involved -- James must be selfish. The rim is his destination. James opened Game 6 by blowing by Paul Pierce at the foul line and hammering a thunderous dunk down the middle. Two buckets later he went coast-to-coast and barreled down the lane for a transition flush. Those easy buckets had a transformative effect on James, as his confidence soared.


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Chris Palmer

ESPN the Magazine