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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 18, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 8:29 am

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

Any dummie's out there still thinking the "King" is better than Jordan. What a bunch of clowns. For years, it's been "he's better than Jordan" or "he'll be better than Jordan ever was". Ya, OK!!! Win A championship. Just one. But that alone is posing to be more of a problem than they thought it would be after playing some NBA Live on the PS3.

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2012 7:52 am

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

You're comical cannystank, if we didn't watch the NBA we'd be like you, blind to LeBron's failures, he's been clutch less than a handful of times and for someone who's supposed to be "the king" of basketball he sucks in crunch time. The main reason he bolted from the Cavs, he can't win as the leader.

Since: Oct 3, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 7:33 am

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

 Torching LeBron for his late game failures has become more boring and drawn out than players complaining about calls

True, Matt's article is on the boring side.  The comments are better than the article.

But I never get tired of seeing the megalomaniac fail; bricks, 'blows it again', chokes, shrinkage, it's all good.  He's jinxed himself with all this King, "not 1, not 2",  Chosen One tattoo, "its going to be easy" hyperbole.  Based on zero championships.  It's satisfying to see his outrageous self promotion fail, on the court at least.

Nor do I feel bad for Wade or Bosh.  Their plan was to take a controversial route to easy championships and so far they have got burned.  I hope it continues to fail.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 6:39 am

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

The Don Rey.

A superstar is supposed to be able to put the team on his shoulders and care them like Derrik Rose is able to do for the Chicago Bulls when needed.

It doesn't matter that the other players messed up as bad, Lebron James is supposed to have the ability to step up and take charge. You think the Chicago Bulls with Michael Jordan would've done anything had they all just folded on any given day? They were good because when one struggled another stepped up. You don't see it from this Miami Heat's team. And the fans make it worse by not expecting their star to act like one. Right now they are acting like a supporting cast with no one willing to fully take charge on his own. I will go as far to say you could take a guy with less talent that has more leadership ability and the Heat would be that much better. No one questions Lebron's talent but everyone should question his leadership skills.

Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 6:33 am

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

This is too bad.  I'm not a fan of LeBron James, but I do like Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.  I'd like to see Wade get his guys a title.  He'll need LeBron's help though.  I still think the Heat are a really good team capable of beating anyone.  James has a tendancy to choke big time in the important games though, so we'll see.  I wouldn't bet against them, but I sure as heck wouldn't put a large amount on them either. 

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 5:27 am

Regular Season

Who cares? The Heat are going to be at worst the #2 seed in the East playoffs and they are undoubtedly improved from last year. The Heat are under a microscope and these regular season games are overblown. If anyone thinks the Heat won't be in the NBA finals this year, they are crazy. And to the guys who keep talking about how Lebron shrinks in the clutch time, you obviously haven't watched enough NBA and have been watching too much ESPN. 

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2012 4:01 am

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

Someone who gets called "The King" should have 0 slack, start living up to the hype LeBron.

Since: Feb 7, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 3:19 am

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

Trying to sound mathematical?  It's "theorem", not "theory".

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 2:31 am

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

he can have his moments, but for the most part, LBJ is not clutch.  Choking isn't the term anymore, its just Lebron doing what he does, which is not closing out games.  The Heat have Wade (Jordan-like) to close out games, Lebron (Pippen-like) does the other things.  KNOW their roles and they would win more games.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 2:27 am

Theory and Proof: LeBron blows it again

Hated him for the whole 'take my talents' thing, but, ya know, I'm starting to feel sorry for the guy. Murderers, investent bankers, and peple who cut you off for the last parking space get more slack than this guy.

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