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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: Oct 13, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:43 pm

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

i would like to know who everyone thinks is the best player in the nba right now?? its not clear cut as it used to be when it was james-bryant debates... kobes old now getting worse, james clearly cant win. durnant?? amare?? james?? dirk?? kobe?? who would you draft on your team right now... id go durant personally

Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 8:22 pm

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

I hope Moore isn't falling into the "pre-determined outcome" fallacy as coined by Michael Kay. I agree LeBron's bricks did help the Heat lose the game, but you can't add those missed points to the final score as absolute "Proof". If he'd hit a FT the strategy would've changed, the ball would be inbounded instead of rebounded meaning players would be in different physical positions, etc. etc.

Or in other words, you could say the same thing about any miss at any point in the game, by any player. "If Chris Bosh had hit that jumper 3 minutes into the game, the Heat would've won by two! Chris Bosh cost the Heat the game with that miss!"

Nah. You can't just take an isolated event and add it to a final outcome. The changed event would've changed everything else (unless of course it's the final shot/play of a game).

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 8:13 pm

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

How is this news?? As a Cavs fan we were WITNESS to many bricks off the rim from the free throw line.........

Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 7:57 pm

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

Weren't the Heat suppose to start 10-0. Ohhh well.......2012 title hopes already fizzling. Nice Shaq like free throw shooting LeBum.  

Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 7:34 pm

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

That old man KOBE is sure struggling lately...LMAO

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2012 6:16 pm

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

Yeah but what's LeBron's excuse going to be? Lol.

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Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 6:11 pm
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Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2012 6:01 pm

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

*At 33 years old in his 16th season with torn ligaments in his hand

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2012 6:00 pm

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

Brock keep making excuses, how is it possible that Kobe, who plays on the team who has played more games than anyone in a short amount of time, can score 48 and then in less than a span of 24 hours can come back out and drop 40, not only that but be forced to play an OT AND make his free throws to seal the game.

Wanna know why? Because he's actually clutch, and LeBron isn't! Keep reaching though!

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 5:58 pm

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

LeBrick DOES get all the calls! ask the Cleveland fans. (they will admit it now) Cavs fans will tell you what a CryBaby he is! Take away all his (supposed) foul points, and his average is Very Pedestrian!

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