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May 12, 2011
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Following all the repercussions of his decision to leave Cleveland to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, it turns out LeBron James made good in his intentions after all.

Because, and we say this with pure vindication on James’ behalf, the very teams that hampered his previous runs at the NBA title are now dead and gone. Courtesy of The King himself.

The Miami Heat today finished the Eastern Conference semi-finals with a 4-1 series victory over the Boston Celtics, who eliminated James and the Cavaliers in two separate occasions in the 2008 and 2010 semi-finals.

Even Wade has a score to settle with Boston, who eliminated them first in last year’s Playoffs series opener.

James rallied with 33 points and 5 boards, while Wade himself finished the game with 34, beating the Celtics to a discouraging 10 points, all of which were scored by LeBron in the final minutes of the game.

We’re not gonna go on record saying that Miami’s trip to the NBA Finals will be smooth sailing from here on out, with the Atlanta Hawks and the Chicago Bulls playing every bit like Finals contenders themselves. But Miami, with all due respect, has players poised to win this thing now that L.A. and Boston are out of the picture.

All the same, at this point of the competition, the apparent thing to say would be to say LeBron James made the right decision. It’s always been the right decision, only it’s the way he did it that’s never right. (But heck, you know that story.)

LeBron himself has been somewhat associated with humility and brotherhood ever since joining Miami, something he cannot claim for himself back when he was working it alone as a Cavalier. Triumphs and failures with Wade and Bosh have them defending each other whenever the media obstructs their performances.

We’ve yet to see how this massive joy ride in Miami is going to turn out, but based on how the Playoffs have panned out for powerhouse teams (Spurs, Lakers, Knicks), the Heat is the only squad standing mightily than ever.

LeBron James just made the right decision, not only because he’s almost bound to win a championship, but also because he’s found his idea of a piece of mind – years of Playoff losses finally justified.

WORDS BY MIKEY AGULTO
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