The beauty of basketball comes often from its flow and form, with offensive players moving in unison to create a good shot, the ball zipping from one side to the other until it somehow finds the open shooter, the players on both sides seemingly attached by a string.
It can be a dance and, at its best, it can be a gorgeous thing.
But sometimes it’s boiled down to a basic form, me against you, my best against your best, stop me if you can.
That may be the enduring image of the NBA Finals, now headed to a Game 6 on Sunday night.
Jimmy Butler vs. LeBron James, with a bunch of other guys on the court. Stars being stars, big shots followed by bigger shots and, as James said after Butler and the Miami Heat beat him and the Lakers on Friday, “that’s the beauty of the game.”