We’ve seen this before you know, LeBron James faced with a game of grand magnitude only to fall short despite a glamorous stat line.
Game 6 of the 2010 East Semi Finals against Boston.
Asides from that game later becoming James’ last (he took his talents elsewhere I believe), James’ Cavaliers were trailing 3-2 in that series, trying to fight off elimination. James recorded a triple-double with 27 points, 19 rebounds, and 10 assists. Yet he was criticized by many for not really showing up, for quitting on the team. That came from fans all the way up to Cleveland Owner Dan Gilbert.
Is it me or is that the same feeling you have about last night, if not worse?
The scene was the same, actually bigger being the NBA Finals as opposed to the Semi Finals. It wasn’t an elimination game, but going down 3-2 is not a favorable position to be in. This time James played in a game he self-proclaimed, “the biggest game of my life” with what he may think is the three best friends that anyone could have alongside Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. James recorded a triple-double yet again, with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists.
Yet again I feel as if he was a no-show, at least in the fourth quarter.
Maybe I’m just not a fan of LeBron James so I tend to dwell on the negative. Or maybe it’s the fact that LeBron James has 11 points in the five fourth quarters. Sure he contributes elsewhere with 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Sure he has Wade to take the onus of scoring down the stretch. But this is supposed to be the biggest game of his life, and he managed only 2 points in the final quarter.
Sure seems like Bron Bron wilted once again.
It also didn’t help that Wade had left the game in the second quarter after a hard fall and didn’t return until late in the third quarter. Wade was clearly struggling with the injury, giving James even more reason to take over, something he had claimed would happen earlier in the week when he promised “attack mode.”
James claimed the game was not lost on the offensive end, let’s revisit that.
James missed jump shot with 2:56 left tied 100-100.
James offensive foul with 2:27 left tied 100-100.
James missed 3-pointer with 1:52 left trailing 102-100.
James did manage to score his first and only basket with 30 seconds left and the game already decided. Now James could unload in Game 6 and 7 leaving me to eat my words. But I say that with much skepticism, because, well, what reason to I have to believe that he will break the trend. In a series with three superstars bound for the Hall of Fame, Dirk Nowitzki continues to cement his legacy, Wade has only strengthened his with this series, while James’ has done nothing but continue to lessen his image in the public eye.
Could it be that the one that has no shame in endless self-promotion may be feeling the Heat (pun intended) under the brightest lights?
Perhaps, but to be fair, he has had to completely wing this, minus Jim Grey and all.
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