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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: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 12:49 pm

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

Lol you guys are funny.  Your talking about him saying "not 5, not 6, not 7..." but your leaving out what he said IMMEDIATELY BEFORE AND AFTER THAT STATEMENT "If we come out and do it correctly, if we come out and play the game right, we can win not 5, not 6..) and his "taking my talents to south beach" was actually a quote of Kobe at his press conference at in High School when he said " I think....(as he turned his head and gave a look that one of his teammates dared hime to do) I'M TAKING MY TALENTS TO THE NBA"  Im a Kobe fan and I know the thing that stops Lebron from being Kobe is his heart but I bet there are 29 other teams in the league right now that will trade for Lebron RIGHT NOW! 

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 12:45 pm

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

While watching the game I knew when he had 2 freethrows to take the lead it was obvious he would miss one at least.  Its what LeChoke does.  Maybe us regular people can just go back to our regular lives with problems.

Since: Oct 9, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2012 12:00 pm

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

@Coolman sounding bitter on a sports blog just makes you sound silly. He left years ago move on..Just saying.

Lebron isn't the best player plain and simple. It's still early in the season to hang your head after losses.

Fact of the matter is no one will want to play the Heat in the playoffs. Just like they wouldn't want to play Kobe, Boston etc.. 

Since: Jan 12, 2012
Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:58 am

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

its more then just one game. That is the point that the author is making.

Since: Jan 12, 2012
Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:54 am

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

No other sport scrutinizes players like basketball. I am a
LA Laker fan so this may be bias, but the truth is that basketball players are
not judged by what they do during the season but are judged by what they do in
the playoffs. Winning championships outweighs  accolades that players receive during the
regular season. People said that no one would ever be as good as MJ. A man
named Kobe comes to town and then you stall, is this guy as good or even better
than MJ. Then people say that Kobe will never be as good because he only won
three rings and most of the credit goes to Shaq. Then Kobe goes and wins two
more on his own. Well that’s all nice and dandy but Kobe needs to win more
rings then MJ. Point is that Lebum will never get credit for being the best
ever without being clutch when the teams needs him most and by having the rings
to back up all the accolades he has received.  Hands down, Lebum is the most gifted player
ever but he will never be considered better then Kobe until he wins titles.
Bottom line is that Kobe, Magic and MJ are all big players in big games and
Lebum is not. If you disagree I will assume you are that idiot Hollinger on

Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:50 am

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

he choked in cleveland choked with ther heat choked with his career the guy a looser point blank

Since: Jan 8, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:43 am

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

"Why are you people so concerned about LeBron James??"  Assuming this isn't just a rhetorical question, because he is hyped by the media and his many fans as being one of the best players in the history of the NBA.

"If he keeps you coming back to the message boards, you must fear him for some reason?"  I'm not sure many, if any, people on this board fear LeBron.  I think people come to this board to read and share opinions, and would do so with or without LeBron being in the league.
"Normally if someone is not good, don't you usually not talk about him?"   Unless, of course, that person is represented by the media and his fans as being the best player in the NBA today.  When our heros don't live up to their hype, even for a moment, of course people are going to talk about them. 

"NBA sucks anyways, you teenage-middle age adults with your 3rd shift job or 8-5 making $10.00 an hour need to wake up and quit watching thugs on TV and educate yourself elsewhere."  Ouch, that kind of hurt.  How did you know that I'm a teenage-middle age adult working the 3rd shift for $10/hr?  It's almost like you're in my head!  Anyway, I kind of like watching thugs, they can be quite entertaining at times - but no more so than your comments which I find hilarious.

Thanks for the chuckle.

Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:39 am

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

lechoke cant even win with bosh  wade . defintly not the best player will choke in the clutch

Since: May 13, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:38 am

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

I am not a huge fan of Lebron either. But, it is just ONE game. Basketball is a team sport. Once Lebron realizes that....If ever....He is on a championship caliber team already. D-Wade has already won with much less talent. When you speak of winning championships before you even win ONE you are just setting yourself up for complete failure. He is driven now by hearing boo's everywhere he plays. He has ALL the money he could ever spend already. The entire team played terrible. If they stay healthy, they will be tough to beat. As a Chicagoan, I hope he saves a few games to be just as bad when he plays against us. is just ONE game.

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:28 am

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

The best players spend countless hours practicing free throws, put in extra hours at the gym each night, get there early and shoot longer than their team mates.  Lebron doesn't strike me as that type of player and competitor.  He strikes me as one who wants his pay check and wants to put on a show.  He wants to be considered in the same company as Jordan and Bird, but doesn't want to put extra work in to be a phenominal free throw shooter. 

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