It may be against policy, but I'm going to post a youtube link below:
Of particular interest: Antoine knocking down clutch shots at 0:39 and 1:43, and at 2:20 note the stone-cold numbers in the stat sheet. Wade and Shaq got the glory, but it takes the ALL-AROUND contributions of an Antoine to make a great team a championship team. Notice the announcer at about 2:23 saying the Heat get the winner of Pistons-Cavs.
Remember Miami fans, you got the much needed rest and preparation time from wrapping up this series that was indispensable in upsetting Detroit AT DETROIT in game one. That was the difference. Detroit won game 2 at home after regrouping, Miami took care of home in games 3 and 4, Detroit won at home in game 5, Miami won at home in game 6. That's the series. Game 1 is the only game in the 2006 ECF where the away team wins a game. Had the Heat-Nets series gone 7 or even 6, I think the Pistons would have won game 1 in the next series and would have gone on to win it. But thankfully for Miami, Antoine stepped up big in games 2 through 5. In game 5 as we see above, the final margin of victory for Miami was ONE POINT. ONE POINT. It's why I subscribe to the view that Antoine was "the difference that made the difference" and this notion that there truly is a fine line between ending up in a championship outcome versus falling short. New Jersey brought their best, so it was incumbent upon a player like Antoine to step up for Miami and not only score, but to also contribute rebounds, creating opportunities for others (as evidenced by 4 assists) and making timely plays on defense (2 steals). And to bring the intangibles that don't show up in the stat sheet. The fiery streak, the competitiveness. Miami fans, be grateful you had Antoine Walker on your team. Yes, he was second on your team in scoring average during the NBA finals, but as I seek to illustrate above, you don't even make it that far without the strong second round play from Antoine. Fans, you have likely forgotten the facts, and that's fine. But for those Miami fans who seem more inclined to try and knock Antoine, at least demonstrate the class and semi-gratitude for Antoine by not bashing the guy and being outright disrespectful towards him. Acknowledge that he was on your franchise's lone championship team, and leave it at that if you are tempted to tear the guy down for sport. Exhibit some class. For the Miami fans out there who already get this, then my apologies for having to spend time on this.