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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: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2012 5:51 pm

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

I know LeBron is a great player but I wonder if he would have spent at least a couple of years playing college ball and learned there how to play in clutch games if that would have made him a better player at the pro level. I know he would have dominated at the college level but I also think it would have helped his pro game trmendously. Just a thought.

Since: Apr 4, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2012 5:42 pm
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Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2012 5:19 pm

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

James is one of the best to ever play but will never reach that upper teir in the eyes of his fans or critics if he doesnt prove to be the guy in the clutch as far as the heat are concerned there is no excuse they should win every game what a joke they have turned out to be

Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 5:01 pm

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

I couldn't agree with you more.

Since: Jun 26, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 3:46 pm

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

 Lebron James is not even close to being one of the 10 best to ever play this game. He continues to show he isn't a clutch player, with missed free throws, and turnovers. I've watched the great players, from Chamberlain, to Russell, Bird, Magic, Robertson, Jordan, West. Jabbar and the list goes on and on. He is not even close to this past great, hell he isn't even the best player in the league right now(Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose etc). I don't understand all the talk about how great he is, as he has never accomblished anything in his career. Lets talk when he has actually won something.

Since: Jan 12, 2012
Posted on: January 12, 2012 3:36 pm

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

This is why he will not or ever be consider to be one of the top swingman in the league has ever seen.  Jordan had the pistons, Magic was tragic, Bird had Magic nightmares, Kobe always was in Supermans shadow.  Did anyone see his interview.  Basically he was OK with it because they played Miami Heat Basketball.  I just love his attitude.  When they win its I had a great game and we won.  When they loose it was a team effeort and we got beat.  His problem is that he HAS NO ACCOUNTABILITY.  People keep saying his stats are so great and how talented he is, but stop appologizing for this guy.  When you brick down the stretch your response should have been I BLEW IT FOR MY TEAM.  Next all of the ESPN Lebron lovers are gonna say he did not win in Clevland because he had no support.  TOTAL BS,  his team were good enough and had decent complimentary players.  SHAQ (old but good enough), Jamison, Williams, Z, Joe Smith, Big Ben, JJ, West, Eric Snow, Larry Hughes.  He asked for it when he tattoed the Choose One and called himself King.  Either man up or admit the man on the team is D Wade.

Since: Jan 12, 2012
Posted on: January 12, 2012 2:44 pm
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Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 2:09 pm

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

This was just one game. From what I've observed this season, and for the record I hate Miami, the 2011 Heat are a much more complete team than the 2010 version. The point guard play is greatly improved with the addition of Norris Cole and the improvement of Mario Chalmers. Chris Bosh is becoming more aggressive. LeBron James has been a beast. Let's not over-analyze things here. The most important thing for Miami is getting Dwyane Wade healthy and continuing to play solid team basketball. When they are 100% healthy and playing together they are the best team in the league.

Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 1:16 pm

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

Brock - you believe what you want.   The rest of us have seen LeQuit at his "finest hour" and now you can have him.  

Along with the not 5, not 6, not 7 .... rings that he DID promise to bring "you".  

My question is:  how many times are you and the rest of South Beach going to put up with his antics ???     They have all begun to make excuses already, best luck and wishes to you all down there !

Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 12:54 pm

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

Brock, that's not true.

During the july celebration, the reporter was saying "you're looking to win championshipS, not one championship.."

and lebron interrupted him, saying "not two, not three, not four, .... and i really believe it." 

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