The Miami Heat aren’t used to playing without LeBron James because he’s always in the lineup when he starts. This means that unlike other players in the NBA, he rarely fouls out and hasn’t fouled out of a game since he joined the Miami Heat back in 2010. But that streak came to a grinding halt on Friday night at the worst of times.
Late in the Heat’s comeback surge against the Brooklyn Nets, James fouled out of the game and was forced to watch the double overtime conclusion to the contest.
Before he fouled out with under a minute left in the first overtime session, James hadn’t fouled out of a game since the 2008 season, which is a streak that helped him be one of the more clutch players over the last few years. His main reason for improving his clutch game is because he’s always around at the point in the game, but this time he fouled out and left the Heat hanging in a close game against the Brooklyn Nets.