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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.
Comments

Since: May 18, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2012 10:26 am
 

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

This is what separates him from Mike and Kobe. When the time comes to make big shots, he chokes. Of course, Mike and Kobe made big shots with defenders around them.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 10:20 am
 

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

Im not a Heat or Lebron fan but he never said he was better than Jordan.  The man just goes out to play basketball, all the critics and fans pump him up to be something but in reality he is only a man, albeit a very talented one.  Heres a thought though, how about you go play 5 48 minute games with a 24 second shot clock in 7 nights( roughly 15-18 hours of basketball once you realize that a typical 48 minute game lasts roughly 3 hours) at your local YMCA against individuals that your somewhat better than but can foul you and bump and bang you nonstop and when you get to the last 5 minutes, dont miss a shot or a free throw?  Oh you have no legs left?  Your tired? Your beat up? Nope you choked.  This NBA season should have an asterisk, not because its shortened, but because no season in history has ever had this much basketball crammed in this little time.  Everyone is entitled to an off night. 


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Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:53 am
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Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:49 am
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Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:27 am
 

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

I'm not bashing LeBron James for not being another Michael Jordan. I don't think he ever said he was. His fans and the media declared that he was better. So now we have people bashing him. Here are some of the more stupid statement about James.

"he will NEVER be on the same level as Michael Jordan".....He never said he was.
"Any dummies out there still thinking the "King" is better than Jordan.".....He never said he was so why such a statement?
 



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:20 am
 

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

Why is James shooting the ball late in games??  James has a proven track record that he is not reliable in the fourth quarter.  The coach needs to take control here and either tell James not shots in thr fourth or pull him halfway through the fourth.

James is just not a prime time player but more of a Dominique Wilkins type of player..lots of flash but not much substance.




Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:16 am
 

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

Micheal Jordan not only had the physical tools but he was MENTALLY tough.  LeBron is anything but....I would WANT him to take the last shot of the game if i was the opposing team's coach....



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:13 am
 

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

It was handed to him too early, he doesn't give a s@#$.



Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 8:41 am
 

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

Never has a player that has this much talent been less clutch.



Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 8:32 am
 

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

he will NEVER be on the same level as michael jordan, no matter how many mvp's or championships he wins.  the heat will win IN SPITE of lebron, not BECAUSE of him.


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