Michael Garcia - May 17, 2012
LeBron James missed two free throws with under a minute to go last night that could have tied the game. Those free throws did not cost the Heat game two against the Pacers. Dwyane Wade missed a layup near the end, but nobody was calling him a choker today.
LeBron led the Heat in points, rebounds, assists and steals on the night. That was the 21st playoff game his led his team in the three main categories outright. Next on the list is Larry Bird with 13. LeBron carries teams, sometimes he might get tired and miss a free throw.
James was asked to guard four different positions throughout the game, the only one he didn't cover was center. LeBron played all 24 minutes of the second half. He did not cost the Miami Heat that game and people need to get over it.
The knock on James that I can somewhat agree with is that during some crunch times he doesn't seem aggressive enough. But that's true now, when he has Dwyane Wade on his team. When he was in Cleveland, the end of the game play was usually 'give LeBron the ball and get out of the damn way.'
There was the game in the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals when LeBron scored 25 straight points to will the Cavaliers to a win over Detroit. It was unbelievable to watch, and I remember watching that game like it was yesterday. Yes, the Cavs got swept in the finals by the Spurs, but that was hardly because of LeBron and more about the lack of talent around him.
I don't know how much more LeBron can do on the court. Off the court, he should have never done The Decision, but I digress. Everyone has their critics, but I think LeBron has too many from a non-basketball perspective. If you're going to call the guy a choker, just watch him play objectively.
He's one of the most amazing basketball players you will ever see.
Here's the time he scored 16 points to 2 minutes.
Article by Eric Gray
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