By the end of Tuesday night, we were having flashbacks to when his Cleveland Cavaliers were dismantled by the Spurs in 2007. Miami Heat star LeBron James went 2-14 on shots outside of the paint, and did not make his way to the line for the first time since 2009. In other words, he sucked. He really, really sucked. At least when his performance is held against the standard of “greatest player in the world.”
“I played like [expletive], said James. “I will be better,” he said. I will be much better”
Oddly enough, as I write this I have ESPN’s SportsNation on in the background. And it turns out that only 37 percent of SportsNation voters feel that James will score over 30 points in game four. Which is a fair assessment, as he’s failed to register more than 20 points during any of the first three games.
The members of ESPN’s First Take also mentioned how James must make a decision as to whether he is Magic Johnson or Michael Jordan.
I’m inclined to think he will take on the role of a Johnson, focusing on distribution as opposed to asserting himself offensively like he has most of this series – and his career. It’s just in his nature. Whether that will ultimately cost the Heat a title? We’ll find that out soon enough.