|Posted by B-PAUL on May 12, 2010 at 4:50 PM|
Last night's 120-88 Celtics victory in Cleveland could quite possibly be the last time we see LeBron James in a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform. Although we don't want to get ahead of ourselves, the Celtics have looked like a much better team for 14 out of the 20 quarters played in this series. If this trend continues and the Celtics don't collapse the Cavaliers could be playing golf much earlier than expected. Many blame it on LeBron's supporting cast, but I blame it on him.
Going into Game 4 in Boston LeBron James and his Cavaliers had the perfect opportunity to put the Celtics away. They were coming off a 29 point victory in Game 3 and they held a 2-1 series lead. A win would have most likely killed any confidence the Celtics had, but instead LeBron came out flat. Unlike in Game 3, LeBron came out and passed up on many opportunities, and failed on those he did take.
Instead of taking it to weaker defenders he backed down and passed the ball off on multiple occasions. The man they call the "King" was acting more like a servant. The man that won back to back MVP's passed the ball off like he was a first year player whose only goal in the game was to not mess up. Like he has in the past, he completely choked away his chances of being successful in the postseason.
As you could expect, talks of the elbow have now appeared once again. Like I said following game two, this is simply an excuse that the Cavs have in their back pocket in case of failure. Following game three there was nothing wrong with the elbow. It was fine and it was not affecting him at all. Now that they are once again down in the series the elbow is a problem once again. Following today's practice Lebron stated that, "The elbow is an issue I'll deal with in the offseason."
Is it a coincidence that the elbow talks only arise after a loss? Absolutely not. LeBron is one of those guys who will always look for excuses to cover up his poor play in big games. The truth of the matter is that LeBron is a regular season player. He can get the job done when it doesn't need to be, but when the season is on the line you might as well count his team out. Anyone who compares him to Jordan or Bird is crazy. Those two guys are winners, LeBron James is a loser. For now he remains in the same category as Dan Marino, Tracy McGrady, and Karl Malone.
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