Originally written on roundballchat.com  |  Last updated 11/10/14
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There is no question that Miami Heat star LeBron James is the best player in the NBA but last year in the NBA finals against the Dallas Mavericks he choked. James was horrible when the games where on the line in the 4th quarter.

Below are some of what I wrote during last year’s NBA finals.

Game 2

LeBron James was awful during the 4th quarter; he was 0 for 4 from the floor, and only made 2 free throws. This game reminded me so much of when James was in Cleveland and their stagnant offense at times. Everyone stands there and watched LeBron dribble. James has often been criticized for not being a closer, in game 2 he was not a closer. That’s why I don’t even compare him to Michael Jordan. Jordan would make the last second shot, James will not. I always say James is unstoppable attacking the rim, so why doesn’t he do it with the game on the line?

Game 4

James just didn’t show up in game 4. He only scored 8 points in the game that was the least amount of points he ever scored in a playoff game. It the 4th quarter he didn’t even score at all, he also added 2 turnovers, he didn’t even look for his shot he only took 1 in the 4th quarter. It didn’t even look like he was part of the offense, it looked like he was either hiding in the corner or just standing there watching Wade dribble. So far in 4 playoff games James only has 9 points in the 4th quarter.

For the game he was 3 of 11 from the field and 2 of those makes were dunks. He only attempted 4 free throws. With all his talent he should be getting to the line a lot more, but for whatever reason he doesn’t want to attack the rim. He would rather be a jump shooter; he has to understand he is still not a great shooter. James needs to be a lot better if the Heat are going to win game 5. Micheal Wilbon said it best on the postgame show on ESPN “was LeBron James sick tonight instead of Dirk Nowitzki.”

Game 5

LeBron James just had the quietest triple double in the history of the NBA. Sure he had 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists but again he did absolutely nothing in the 4th quarter. I don’t know, it’s just like he disappears. James scored only 2 points tonight in the 4th, and that’s because the Mavs just let him score as the game was basically over. During the final minutes of the 4th he missed 2 jump shots, LeBron you are not a jump shooter. He only attempted 2 free throws the whole game. He is just not being aggressive; he cannot be stopped when he wants to attack the rim. To say James has come up small in the 4th quarter is an understatement. So far in the NBA finals he is only averaging 2.2 points in the 4th quarter. Really, and people wanted to compare him to Michael Jordan?

NBA Finals

In 6 NBA finals games he only scored 18 points in the 4th quarter for an average of only 3 points per game in the 4th. Wow that is bad. He was nonexistent sometimes he would just go and stand in the corner and watch Dwyane Wade dribble. He didn’t want the ball; he was shying away. I guess he could not handle the pressure. There is no excuse for the so called best player in the world to only take 1 shot in the 4th quarter of a NBA finals game. James only attempted 3 free throws in the 4th quarter in the NBA finals that’s just not being aggressive, that’s being passive.

Heck is LeBron James even better than Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki? Nowitzki now has 1 more ring than James. Look at these stats of the two players in the 4th quarter.

Dirk Nowitzki- 62 points, 18-35 field goals, 24-24 free throws, 19 rebounds

LeBron James- 18 points, 7-21 field goals, 3-3 free throws, 11 rebounds

 

 

 

 

 

 

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