Everything seems so crystal clear right now. The season is going to be over in two games. Fact. I remember feeling the same way last season.
Then I remember Game 4.
If your memory needs joggling, that's the game when LeBron James' game melted through the reactor's core. Up 2-1 in the series, the Heat led by nine points with 10 minutes to play in Game 4. LeBron's stat line in the fourth quarter: 0 points, 0 of 1 from the field, 0 of 0 from the free throw line, 1 assists, 2 turnovers.
"Obviously up until the Finals last year he was having an amazing playoffs," Wade said. "He had a game where he struggled and he kind of let that get into his mind a little bit and he was thinking too much."
We all know what happened from there.
"I let my teammates down," James said before the Finals began in Oklahoma City.
James appears to be in a better frame of mind this time around. His statistics don't compare to the 2011 Finals. In finished with 107 points and 43 rebounds in six games against the Mavericks. He needs 16 points and 12 rebounds to match those totals and can do it in two fewer games in this Finals.
"He's just a totally different player," Dwyane Wade said. "Now he's playing, he's on attack and being very aggressive. When he puts his head down to go to the rim, you have no other choice but to foul him or he's going to finish. I love how he's attacking the basket because good things happen for us."
Said James: "Last year is last year and we're not going into a Game 4 on someone else's floor. We'll be ready for the challenge."