Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 6/5/12

One story dominates every postseason. It is the one thing every national pundit has focused on since LeBron James first stepped into the Playoffs. When will he have his Michael Jordan moment, when will he take over a Playoffs and win a ring, ascending to the throne that was given to him when he was a high school senior.

The narrative the last five years has been James' inability to get to the promised land -- despite two trips to the Finals in his career, three MVP awards and four trips to the conference finals -- and more recently his inability to play well in big moments.

Never mind the battles against Gilbert Arenas early on in his career where James constantly and consistently finished games off with big shots. Never mind the final 25 points he scored against the Pistons in dethroning their Eastern Conference dynasty in 2007. Never mind the game-winning shot in Game Two against the Magic and the way he willed his team to a Game Six with one of the most breathtaking finishes to a game in Game Five. Never mind what he did to close out the Bulls in Game Five of last year's Eastern Conference Finals as the Heat erased a late deficit.

Never mind the facts that James has performed in the clutch in the Playoffs. The story, that seems to play out in just about every game to the delight of the talking heads and national media, is that James cannot and does not perform late in games.

Everyone has a theory about why James has this perception and why he seems unable to finish when it comes down to a jumper -- like it did at the end of regulation of Sunday's Game Four in Boston. Some people's theories deserve more weight than others. So when Nuggets coach George Karl spoke to Jim Rome about James' struggles, you listen a little more intently:

"And he is not a natural jump-shooter. He's kind of a self-made jump shooter. He makes the ball go in, the ball goes in, but it's not pretty, his balance isn't perfect. It's not going to look like Kevin Durant or Ray Allen. It goes in but at the end of the game that extra extra special player... Sometimes I don't know if he trusts his jumpshot. He needs to get to the rim. If you take away the rim, he's probably going to pass the ball more often than not."

It is an interesting thought. Rarely do you see star players get all the way to the basket for game-winning shots. Typically they pull up at the elbow hoping the threat of the drive will create enough space for a good look that goes in as time expires. You don't want to leave any time left for the other team's best player to get a shot off.

And so, inevitably that leads to a jump shot. And that has never been James' forte.

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