May 30, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) shoots between Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) and guard Lance Stephenson (1) during the first half in game six of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James misses easy slam dunk in Game 6 (GIF)


The Miami Heat are trying to avoid what happened to them in Game 5 against the Indiana Pacers and are desperately trying to avoid a Game 7 situation that would take them back to an ‘anything can happen’ scenario in Indianapolis. So far, the Heat have unsurprisingly had the Pacers’ number and LeBron James has been having a rather decent game.

It hasn’t been a perfect game though as LeBron has made some mistakes here and there that will probably get overblown in the grander context of the series, especially when looking forward to the NBA Finals. One of the mistakes he made, whether his fault or not, was missing the basket on a slam dunk — the one play in which hitting the basket is as easy as any other play in the book.

Not this time though.

Credit: Zombie Prophet

Credit: Zombie Prophet

The bottom line is, the Pacers are just a flawed team that could still lose to the Heat even if LeBron James missed every single dunk he attempted. They have no real way to generate offense, they lack consistency on defense and their late game drive has been laughable at best this entire series.

Indiana had a good run, but the Heat have stopped them dead in their tracks for a third consecutive season and this time around the feeling heading into the offseason is reminiscent of LeBron missing a dunk more than it was hopeful last season.

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