That sound you hear is the exhaling of an entire fan base. James was carried off the floor with a reported left thigh cramp late in the fourth quarter. He returned to the court shortly thereafter and drilled a go-ahead 3-pointer, but then had to leave again. Before that scare, LeBron was distributing the rock better than he has all season.
Now that's the Dwyane Wade we remember. Although he'd probably like to take back that air-ball floater in the final minute, this was Wade's best game in weeks. He turned back the clock, hitting big shots and frequenting the charity stripe like it was 2006. Like LeBron, Wade was feeding his teammates with passes with absolute precision.
When he wasn't giving fist-pumps to jack up the home crowd, Bosh was putting a hurt on the boards. He wasn't attacking the rim much in Game 4, which explains the dip in free throw attempts. Other than his and-1 in the first half, Bosh's outing was pretty muted on the offensive end. That said, he and Wade are showing some serious telekinesis in the pick-and-roll game.
We saw Super Mario Chalmers in Game 4. That clutch layup with LeBron sidelined might have been the biggest bucket of Chalmers' career. Newly flat-topped Norris Cole tried to steal the show with huge buckets early, but Chalmers took the baton and never looked back. More impressive than Chalmers' 25 points? He tallied just one turnover. Chalmers lives for the Finals.
Russell Westbrook was a wrecking ball early and late, destroying the Heat defense with laser jumpers and furious paint attacks. He established a new career high in points (43) and gave the Heat whiplash seemingly every time down the court. But alas, the Thunder can't win with James Harden playing like this.