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@indierapfan Agreed, if TMac and Ivan both play like this in the playoffs we'd be getting huge lifts. It's more likely we get consistency from Ivan, though, because he's got young(er) knees.
2 years, 11 months ago on 4/18 Game Recap: Hawks Trounce Pistons 116-84
@Lexo @RFN Mo Williams rarely played well in the playoffs, and was incredibly inconsistent. His defensive struggles were well documented. LeBron dominated several playoff series with Cleveland, and his finals series with the Spurs he had absolutely no shot at winning.
They were a good defensive team that had some flaws that were exposed in the playoffs. The main flaw being that Mo Williams dropped off the face of the earth and it was LeBron vs. the world.
I wasn't all that offended when he didn't shake hands after the Orlando series. I'd be pissed too. He averaged something ridiculous like 38.5, 8, and 8, and his teammates, to quote Stephen A Smith (on what he says about LBJ haha), came up smaller than mini me. I realize he should have shaken their hands and I realized he played badly against the Mavericks. One thing to note, though: The Mavericks did toy with LeBron all of last season, including the regular season. They held him to 19 (had 0 points in the first half) and 24 in the two regular season games, and then never let him top 24 in the finals. Mavs did give LBJ troubles in general last season, but he did not show up to play in the finals, and I can admit that.
Some people say he doesn't have the will to win, which I think is stupid. He wouldn't have not shaken the Magic players hands or went to Miami or done half of the things he's done if he didn't have a will to win. To be honest, I think he wants it too much to get the monkey off his back, and I think it's driving him into the ground. Either way, in my mind he's a clutch player consistently, just not always a clutch scorer, which is what most everyone cares about.
3 years ago on Welcome to The Clutch Cube: Part I - LeBron James
@Lexo @RFN Leave Nique out of this!!! He is an angel!!! An Angel!!! NIque>>>> English and everyone else ever (just let me be delusional with my favorite player ever).
@Lexo That is most definitely a double standard. Gasol had like 18 rebounds that game and was just a man. He was lucky Perk was out, and thats why LA won because Gasol dominated that game without Perk on the boards.
Anyway, it's a double standard because if LeBron does everything Kobe did in that game 7, he gets grilled, and you know thats true. What does it matter if the Lakers won the game or not? Kobe played awfully, and it's not like he willed the team to victory or anything. If LeBron does that same thing and they win, and it's Wade who plays well in that game 7, instead of Gasol, then all of a sudden Wade is the "man" on the team and LeBron was just the sidekick. That is absolutely how the media would construe it. If Kobe's team lost that game no one would rage and call him unclutch, even though he contributed greatly just not scoring points. You can't say that Kobe was being clutch while the Lakers won during his awful scoring performance and then say LeBron wasn't being clutch when he did the exact same thing (do everything well but score) and his team lost. That's what a double standard is. Kobe's team won because Gasol dominated, LeBron's only had one real chance in a finals series and that was last year.
@Lexo Kobe kicked Battier's ass, not LeBron's. What game were you watching? LeBron maybe defended Kobe once all game. He spent the whole time on Gasol.
You're holding such a double standard. If LeBron misses his shots, but rebounds well and passes well he gets destroyed by the media. Kobe did just that in Game 7 against Boston and gets praised for it. Kobe's team won that game, but he was NOT the reason. Gasol dominated that game and Kobe played awfully (in terms of scoring, at least, which is seemingly all people care about when it comes to crunch time, which is what this whole article was about). He was close to shooting his team out of the game. If LeBron did that he'd never see the light of day again, even if they won.
When he's not scoring in crunchtime he's defending well, rebounding, and making good passes and he gets crucified for it.
And I'm not saying Bosh is a low post threat, but he certainly gets buckets around the hoop. And he doesn't miss dumpoffs that Howard and Pitman miss because they're intimidated by Gasol or are just that bad.
@Lexo If you really think LeBron was not the best player on the court against LA you're fooling yourself. His defense was ABSURDLY good as he fronted Gasol like a maniac every possession. He set the Heat big men up with open shot after open shot, shot's that if they would have made, the Heat likely could have won. Juwaun Howard, Joel Anthony, and Pitman blew so many opportunities created by LeBron. In fact, they shot 2-16 as a collective group. LBJ grabbed 11 boards and carried the team all the way back in the third quarter, only to be debunked by some hot perimeter shooting from Ron Artest and Steve Blake. The Lakers outplayed the Heat, but largely because Miami had no one who could score down low. Do you think with Bosh in, Howard and Pitman get even half of those combined minutes. That's like 5-6 blown layups turned into made layups with Bosh, who can also neutralize Gasol. LeBron was an animal yesterday. Kobe played great, don't get me wrong, but there is more to the game than nailing contested fadeaways.