Heading into Game 6, I made the incredibly bold observation that the Miami Heat needed either starter Mario Chalmers or reserve Norris Cole to play quite a bit better than they did in the San Antonio Spurs' big Game 5 win. Chalmers certainly answered the bell in Game 6, scoring 20 points on 11 shots, going 4 for 5 from the 3-point line and teaming with LeBron James, Ray Allen, Chris Andersen and Mike Miller to rip off a big fourth-quarter run that brought the Heat back from the brink.
Cole, though, didn't play at all, earning his first DNP-CD of the playoffs as Erik Spoelstra relied on Chalmers with support from no-point-guard lineups in which James and Dwyane Wade handled the ball. But that doesn't mean Cole didn't make any awesome contributions on Tuesday night — check out his reaction to the Heat's final offensive possession of the fourth quarter, which ended with Allen's massive 3-pointer to tie the game and force overtime:
Unbridled joy + unfettered athleticism = good Vine. (Seriously: Look how high he jumped. That's an excited young man.)
Cole might not have had a starring role in Game 6, but he was arguably the Best Supporting Actor on one of the greatest, most memorable shots in NBA Finals history. Not a bad consolation prize, huh?
Vine via Ryan Weiss.