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Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

Posted on: January 12, 2012 1:59 am
Edited on: January 12, 2012 2:04 am

By Matt Moore

Los Angeles 95 Miami 89

Theory: LeBron James cost the Heat a winnable game on the road against a playoff team by missing free throws. 

Proof: Eventually you reach a point where these things cross the line of believablility. One missed clutch free throw by an 80 percent free throw shooter, one of the best basketball players on the planet, OK. Sure. Weird, but it happens.

But the sheer volume of missed free throws from LeBron James against the Clippers on Wednesday is purely staggering.

And more so, James was clearly, visibly shook by the misses. He didn't settle for long jumpers, though he did brick a face-up J with Billups defending him in the fourth. He did what everyone asks. He posted, he drove, he got to the rim, and he drew the foul.

And he bricked. Over and over and over again.

It was comical. It was absurd. Some people will say they aren't surprised, that James has already shown himself to be that kind of player. But there's a reason so many people react the way they do. There's a reason James is regarded in such lofty compliments. He really is that good... provided it's not a crucial game since the Eastern Conference Finals ended last June.

The Heat missed 14 free throws against the Clippers. Hit half of those misses, they win the game. Any better than that and it's a walk. The game never goes to OT. The Heat absolutely melted down on multiple levels. Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade were equally as terrible in the fourth quarter and overtime as James. But it was James who had the opportunity, yet again, to step up and lead, to end it, to be the player that gets it done.

And again, he failed. Shrunk. Choked. Whatever cliche you want to rip out there. He finished 9-17 from the line. Eight missed chances, any pair of which in regulation would have ended it. Torching LeBron for his late game failures has become more boring and drawn out than players complaining about calls (which there was also a lot of in this game, and rightfully so). And yet it's based in reality. No one remembers him crushing the Celtics down the stretch in a dominant series. No one remembers him erasing the MVP Derrick Rose. And rightfully so. These performances aren't just questionable or soft. They're bad. He's played badly.

And Wednesday night, those failures cost the Heat a game they should have won.

It's not even funny at this point, but that's hard to tell over the sound of the world's laughter.

Since: May 3, 2011
Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:11 pm

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

I am a Lebron hater and fully admit it. I love seeing this guy fail with all of his boasting. Most recently saying the 2012 Olympic team stacks up against the 92 dream team. They haven't had one practice! Last season he starts numbering championships again even before one practice! Stop acting like a NBA player with all the persona, the vilian last year, the nice guy this year. Shut up! play the game like the reinging MVP D-Rose. Try and see if you can put a team on your back and carry it when it matters. Seek the pressure, don't cower away from it. That's how to be a true NBA star.

Go Bulls!

Since: Mar 12, 2010
Posted on: January 13, 2012 11:56 am

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

You know I actually agree with you l2r to a certain extent. Lebron is amazing in so many ways, but he is not at that GOAT level because he is not the lights out shooter that MJ and all the greats were (he actually might be a better passer though). So, when there's no pressure, Lebron can do all the rebounding, assisting, driving, scoring that he wants, but when it comes down to the end, oftentimes you have to have that midrange shot. He is a good shooter but not an unconscious Dirk, Kobe-type shooter.

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 10:04 am

He just can't shoot

Ya know.  I'm not a Lebron fan at all, but I am a little tired of the non-stop bashing.  He's possibly the most talented player ever to play the game with one flaw. He can't shoot.  He's just not a consistent jump shooter.  What kind of shots to players get at the end of the game?  Difficult jump shots.  It's time to reassess the opinion that he "chokes." He's a slasher, taking heavily guarded jumpshots.  That is why Wade shoots more at the end of games.  That being said, Wade is not the player that Lebron is and it's getting a little old hearing about the "clutch" issue.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 9:51 am

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

Kris Humphries is the best player in the NBA, right? I mean, no NBA was more talked about this off season then him.


Frankly, WHO CARES ABOUT THE NBA? I would rather watch sa day long syncronized swimming competition than 2 hours of the NBA. Game is completely unwatchable. Thousands and thousands of college basketball players and 3/4 of the NBA teams can't come up with even a decent starting 5 (or in the case of the Wizards, a starting 1).

Since: May 12, 2010
Posted on: January 13, 2012 8:43 am

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

there will be no need there going to win the title and all this will subside

Since: Apr 13, 2007
Posted on: January 13, 2012 7:59 am

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

Lebron shot below 50% from the field for the first time this season.  He is second in the league in FG % as a SF/SG...can any other player in the history of the league be identified as leading the league in scoring from that position, and being even in the top 15-20-answer is a resounding NO.

So he went 9-17 from the line, with a couple down the stretch.  He has had one off night in 11 games, and everyone is quick to jump on the Lebron sucks and wilts bandwagon.

What about DWade?  His shooting % for the season is under 50.  He has been taking horrible shots from terrible angles.  He has two game winners this year, but both come on nights of 6 for 17 and 6 for 22 performances.  This may make him "clutch", but how were they even in the position to win---oh yeah, the other guy shooting 11 for 17 and 13 for 19.

To throw Kobe in the argument again?  Yeah, he's had a couple 30+ point nights---AI style.  Easy to score 30, when you take 30 shots.

Lebron is even more dominant this year than he has been in the past, and if for whatever reason he by chance reads these posts, you are simply fueling the fire.  So thanks---I will thoroughly enjoy watching his 30-10-8 outputs on a nightly basis. 

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 1:47 am

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

Matt Moore, seriously check your facts before writing them.  LeBron has never EVER been an 80% FT shooter.  If you look at his stats you will see he is a 74.4% career FT shooter and 75% this year. His best season ever was 78%.  Where the heck did you get 80% from????

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2012 10:42 pm

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

Lebron is by far the best basketball player on the planet...for three quarters.  Then he shrinks, he cowers like a little child.  

It's gonna take Wade making the big shots for the Heat to win championships because Lebron just doesn't have the killer instinct in him.   Sure, Jordan, Bird, Magic, and Kobe have failed in the clutch.  But not as often as Lebron.....

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 10:19 pm

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

I'd take Dwight Howard!! Even though he cant make a free throw.

Since: Oct 13, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:44 pm

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

@ myself lol forgot d-rose my bad

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