96 minutes away. 96 minutes from sitting at the table of greatness. Two wins from the King getting to finally sit atop a throne and silence a lot of the critics who lean on the fact you don’t have a ring to try to ignore the all time great numbers you have put up all your career. You have been hear before, last year you exhaled after beating Dirk and the Mavs in-game three, and you paid dearly for it. Game four was the beginning of the end for Lebron James last season. You need this game four. You need this game four because you needed game four last year and didn’t do it. You need game four because you needed game three against Indiana when you put 40 and 18 to save the Heat season to get you here. You remember putting Dallas into the same 2-1 hole last year you now have okc in just for them to beat you in six, finishing you out in Miami. Going up 3-1 is placing OKC into the proverbial coffin with game five in South Beach with a chance to erase that hideous image of Dirk partying in club Liv in your backyard. You remember the feeling you had in your stomach seeing Dirk Nowitzki drinking out of that ridiculous champagne bottle in celebration of beating you, leaving you with one feeling “I thought we had em”. But you’re not the same man you were last year, this isn’t the same Miami team as last year, and right now you can prove it. Last year you’re not making those free throws late in the fourth on the road in-game two with OKC on one of the biggest runs in a finals game we have ever seen, and you’re not even attempting that pull up bankshot to put your team up five with a little over a minute to play. Gone are the powder throwing and dancing before games, now replaced with a signature look of determination from a man who has matured into the player we all knew you could be. Nevermind the tweets of congratulations to everybody, that time is now being spent working on post moves and free throws which you have unleashed onto the NBA this playoffs making you the most unstoppable force in the league.You are putting up the best playoff run this generation has ever seen, including any from those other two guys people compare you to. You have put the Miami Heat on your back and pulled them to the place they are now and you’re 96 minutes from hoisting the Larry O’brien trophy above your head. The only thing you can do now is continue. Nevermind the haters who are going to ignorantly blame refs for your dominance or people who still will say you had to play with another superstar to win, let them say whatever. The fact is we are witnessing the maturation of one of the best players the NBA will ever see. Even the great Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant never won a ring without a superstar or two on his roster, but the critics won’t admit that simply because you’re Lebron James and that would mean they have to actually give you credit. Let them talk, keep attacking the basket and going at Kevin Durant forcing him to have a seat during critical points of the game. You will never silence the critics, and you have stopped trying to just keep giving them less to talk about and go get that same classic picture of the great 23 holding his first title and crying added to your collection.