By his standard, LeBron James is having just an average series.  He’s averaging a very human stat line of 28.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 5.3 apg, 1.8 bpg against a Pacer defense that was statistically one of the best, if not the best, in the NBA this season.

With the way Chris Bosh is playing (14.0 ppg/3.3 rpg in this series, 16.5 ppg/6.8 rpg in the regular season), the way Miami’s snipers RayAllen, Shane Battier, and Mario Chalmers are shooting (a combined 24.3 percent from three in this series on 37 tries), and the way Dwyane Wade has been hobbled by his balky right knee (career low 14.3 points per game this postseason), though, LeBron may need to do even more to get his team back to its third straight NBA Finals. 

Time for the four-time league MVP to pull out “The Look” for the rest of this series and go Game 6 in Boston on a very pesky Pacer team that is being led by the new “best big man in the game,” Roy Hibbert.  Averaging 22.8 ppg, 12.0 rpg, and intimidating and altering shots in the paint on defense, Hibbert has been the MVP through four games of this series. 

 

5) The Blackhawks won game 7 of their series Wednesday night with the ­­ Red Wings 2-1 in OT and advanced to the Western Conference finals against the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings.

The Hawks rallied from a 3-1 series deficit.

I’ll take the Hawks in seven over the Kings.  But LA goalie Jonathan Quick has been the best postseason goalie the past two years and goaltending is the ultimate equalizer in the NHL.

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins begin the Eastern Conference finals Saturday in the Steel City. 

Pittsburgh in five…and seven in the Cup final.