David West sets Pacers' direction

Points, rebounds, blocked shots, making defensive stops, passing out of double teams for 3s, etc., have minimal to do with what West has to do next. Nothing on anyone's stat sheet, pie chart or video tape is going to be a true indication of the role West will play -- win or lose -- in this series. Leadership, in this case, is not about numbers.

And this is where it all comes back to LeBron. West's "come through" in Game 6 was in a way very similar in circumstance to James's 49-point performance in Game 5 of the Heat's series verses Brooklyn. Both were games where the leaders of each team sent not only a message out to the League and served notice to the opponent, but those performances also spoke directly to their teammates, as each displayed a certain amount of frustration in his team's underachievement.

It's the Michael Jordan, "I can do this by myself" approach. It works as a great reverse psychological motivator to make all 11 members of a team feel like a bunch of ingloriously (worthless) Basterds. Once done -- once executed -- things change. Games get won. Series end.

Can West keep reminding the team of that in this next series?

It all comes down to whether he can keep doing that one thing, and do it better than LeBron.

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