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Wade out, James gametime decision vs. Lakers

Posted on: January 19, 2012 11:57 am
Edited on: January 19, 2012 1:20 pm
LeBron James is a gametime decision with flu-like symptoms and Dwyane Wade is out vs. the Lakers Thursday (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore

LeBron James was sent home from Heat practice Thursday morning with flu-like symptoms and Dwyane Wade will not play vs. the Los Angeles Lakers Thursday night, via the AP: 
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra says guard Dwyane Wade's status remains day-to-day with a sprained right ankle. Wade will not play Thursday night.

It's the second straight game Wade has missed with the ankle problem and the fifth overall missed because of injuries so far this season. Wade sat out three games earlier this month with a sore left foot.

James has been battling flu-like symptoms for much of this week.
via James sent home from shootaround with illness, Wade day-to-day - NBA - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy Advice.

James was suffering from the same ailment during Tuesday night's game against the San Antonio Spurs. James started off struggling in that game, missing several layups. Then the second half came and apparently someone got a fluids treatment, because James started dropping three-pointers like the bucket was a hula-hoop. He wound up scoring 33 points along with five rebounds and 10 assists, because he's a freak of nature like that.

But with him missing practice, you have to wonder if he'll be well enough to even make it to the court, and if so, how effective he'll be against the Lakers' quality wing defenders. With James not at full strength and Wade out, the Lakers have to be expected to win in Miami for a big road win, no matter the circumstances.

Expect for there to be one zillion references to "the flu game" of Michael Jordan, his Game 5 effort in the 1997 Finals, between now and tonight's game. Unfortunately, as nearly everyone is aware, LeBron James is not Michael Jordan, no one is Michael Jordan, this is not the Finals, and any effort at all on James' part will be hindered by the physical effects of his illness. 

Huge break for the Lakers.

Mike Brown said Thursday at practice that he has no doubt James will play. Via the AP: 

"When you talk about great players like him, those guys even though they're sick or a little injured or whatever, they find a way to perform at a high level," Lakers coach Mike Brown, one of James' former coaches with the Cleveland Cavaliers, said Thursday afternoon. "I don't think it's any different for LeBron."
And Chris Bosh summed up how most people will regard the Heat's situation against the Laker: 

"The show still goes on," Heat forward Chris Bosh said. "We're still going to expect to win."


Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2012 8:44 pm

Wade out, James gametime decision vs. Lakers

I love all the misperception about how "clutch" Bryant is because he's been on some extremely talented teams.  Run the numbers.  In games where the Lakers faced elimination, he's a career 38% shooter and a turnover machine.  He's consistently failed when his team needed him most.  When they beat Boston in game 7 a couple of years ago he had a nice game on the boards, but threw up brick after brick.  Give that series win to Gasol, who actually played clutch when they needed it.  Over his career, Bryant's shot less than 32% on game-tying and game-winning shots, regular season and playoffs combined.  Incidentally, I think was Elias Sports that compared several players' performance in those situations, and the guy who came out on top doesn't have much of a reputation as clutch - Carmelo Anthony.  Reality is kind of cool when you ignore your bias and accept it.

Bryant is a great player, but all of this clutch talk is nonsense.  Its what people want to see, so they think they see it, even when the numbers show otherwise.  He's missed more clutch shots than anyone I've ever watched, and the numbers prove it.

Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:00 pm

Wade out, James gametime decision vs. Lakers

Second, in 16 years Kobe has never outplayed a Hall of Famer in the finals he usually chokes and gets outplayed.
Yeah I remember..... he choked against Allen Iverson, Jason Kidd, Reggie Miller, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Dwight Howard. Funny that he choked so bad he won 5 Championships against them. And yes he also outplayed them individually.

Since: Apr 13, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2012 8:34 pm

Wade out, James gametime decision vs. Lakers

So, if I follow your logic of what makes the best player...Robert Horry is better than Kobe or Lebron?  The argument is not who has more championships, or who is the best pure scorer.  It is, who is the best all around player.  The statistical fact is that it is Lebron.  It has been Lebron ever since he came into the league. 

Kobe is amazing.  He has five championships.  But was there ever the pressure LBJ had to face?  Was Kobe on ESPN as a high school player?  Was Kobe expected to be the messiah?  Nope---which has added to LBJ's difficulties.  Does he handle himself professionally enough all the time?  Certinaly not.

But with all that said---LBJ is the best all around player in the world right now.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2012 8:00 pm

Wade out, James gametime decision vs. Lakers


you do understand the meaning of Great, at the time that happened most of the guys you have listed were only 1 year in like Wade and Melo, Paul Pierce wasn't considered great because he hadn't won anything, and the rest of the guys won't be HOF's.

I mean the true Greats like Oscar Robinson, Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Isiah Thomas, they all said they would have put Kobe on the floor, no way would they let him do that. The guys that were playing that game aren't considered men, they're punks!

But I guess to a guy who thinks that 81pts against a garbage team is great, he would also consider Tyson Chandler great? are you fk kidding me?

That comment alone lets me know where you stand in basketball knowlege! one word WoW!!!!!

Since: Jan 19, 2012
Posted on: January 19, 2012 7:36 pm

Wade out, James gametime decision vs. Lakers

I think Brixk is secretly Lebron James.  It's all making sense now.<br />

Since: Jan 19, 2012
Posted on: January 19, 2012 7:21 pm

Wade out, James gametime decision vs. Lakers

See, I knew you'd say it was a joke.  Really?  Every great player said that 81 performance was a joke?  What about these...

Dwyane Wade:
“Not at all.” – If he thought 80 points was possible

“Give him overtime and he might have got there. Now, it’s possible.” – On the all-time record

“Maybe if I go home and play my video game I’ll hit 80.” – If he can make a run at Kobe

Tyson Chandler:
“We’re witnessing greatness right now. We need to understand that. (Asked: “Is he the best of the best?”) Yeah, definitely.”

Chauncey Billups:
“If you have it going, you’re supposed to keep it going. … Unbelievable.”

Paul Pierce:
“It’s impressive,. He’s probably playing the best basketball of anyone in the NBA right now. When you’re taking jump shots, you’re going to get more tired. Wilt got all layups. With the athletes that are in the game today, no, it wouldn’t happen. You would have to put more minutes on the clock. Well, maybe Kobe could do it. If he shot every time down the floor.” ”

Tracy McGrady:
“I’m still in awe of what that kid did. It was just a hell of a performance for him to shoot the ball only 46 times to score 81 points. But not just to be able to shoot it 46 times, but to shoot it 46 times and hit well over 50 percent. There are nights I’m in the 30s of shots taken and I’ve been fatigued. To take 46 and 20 free throws and end up with 81 points, I didn’t believe it.

Carmelo Anthony:
“I don’t think (Bryant) saw himself doing it. That’s crazy.”

Keep talking, you lose.

Yours Truely

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2012 6:55 pm

Wade out, James gametime decision vs. Lakers

Every Great player that wasn't a Laker said that 81 pt game against the worst team in the nba was a joke! I guess thats why they got the #1 pick.

Every other great player would have been siting on the bench watching the benchwarmers get burn and resting up so they wouldn't go 6 for 28 against the playoff caliber teams! I'll take MJ's 63 in the playoffs against the loaded Celtics, or Lebron singlehandedly dethroning the world champion Pistons that beat the HOF loaded Laker team or a triple dub in the playoffs or even just outplaying a Hall of famer in the finals! You have what you consider great, i have what I consider Great!

As a matter of fact, Mike Brown sung that tune this week, I want to cut Kobe's minutes down, meaning I'm tired of him padding his stats against all these garbage teams while the Clipper, Blazers, Nuggets and Bulls are running us out of the gym! sure could use those 40pt games and good shooting percentage against those teams!

Since: Jan 19, 2012
Posted on: January 19, 2012 6:54 pm

Wade out, James gametime decision vs. Lakers

Face it Brixk, Lebron doesn't have that killer instinct that defines greatness.  That instict that Kobe has and Jordan, Magic and other past greats had.  Those guys weren't scared.  Lebron is scared.  It's why he didn't do a Slam Dunk contest, why he left the Cavs, why he defers to Wade, etc.   Lebron is scared to lose.  The greats aren't.  Who knows, maybe Lebron will develop that instinct and it would be interesting if he did.  But he hasn't yet. 

Since: Jan 19, 2012
Posted on: January 19, 2012 6:35 pm

Wade out, James gametime decision vs. Lakers

Wow Brixk. 

So you discredit Coach Brown's comment and MJ's comment.  What about Lebron's own comment, "I don't think I have an instinct like Kobe, where I just want to kill everybody."  What about the Sports Illustrated poll of 166 NBA players in which 74 percent chose Kobe to take the last shot followed by Durant (8 percent) then Wade and Ray Allen.  Lebron didn't even make the list.  I guess these opinions don't matter as apparently you know more about the game then them.

You say "Kobe's Greatness will be defined by his organization and his longevity".  Are you serious? Maybe longevity in a very long list of other achievements.  Let me guess 81 points was a fluke since it was against a garbage team.

Keep talking, you lose.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2012 6:30 pm

Wade out, James gametime decision vs. Lakers

First of All spasKobe or whatever Kobe wanna be bff you are!

Kobe is not playing better ball than Lebron in his prime because Lebron hasn't hit his prime! I don't count chucking up shots in garbage time against garbage teams!

Second, in 16 years Kobe has never outplayed a Hall of Famer in the finals he usually chokes and gets outplayed.

Third you can deny all you want, its a fact that Lebron owns Kobe head to head!

Fourth, if FGA's counts for playing better, I guess kobe is the best ever, nobody has or ever will shoot as much as Kobe, and to only have 2 scoring titles, talking about efficiency.

fifth, Please give me a closeout moment that Kobe has ever had in the finals! you have 7 to choose from. I did provide the barbecues in my previous post.

Six, Kobe went to the lottery at 27, I'll bet you dollars to donuts Lebron won't! when is the last time a Lakers Superstar went to the lottery in his prime? are you kidding me!

seven, I watched Lebron hit clutch shot after clutch shot against Chicago and the Celtics last yr in the playoff, while Wade and Bosh disappeared and kobe was getting swept!

eight, don't all Laker stars have multiple rings! only difference is that they have respectable FG% and didn't get dominated by other Hall Of Famers!

nine, Robert Horry 7 rings
 Karl Malone/Charles Barkley  O rings I guess they didn't have any heart either so Robert Horry's the best Power Forward!

I found in the past that it is useless blogging against Lakers fans because they never answer questions, they just use the rings to mask the facts! and oh yeah they name themselves Kobe too, that must be really satisfying, knowing that he wouldn't piss on you if you were on fire, but hey your using his name, I guess thats good enough for a Bromance!

If your going to blog answer the questions and stop sucking on the bannana!Foot in mouth

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