Where’s the "D" on LeBron?

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  1. GWTJ

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    After watching teams mug Dirk and Nash to slow them down it seems strange to me to watch Detroit give LeBron James such an easy go of it. I see him go right down the middle for easy dunks while the Detroit players just clear out. I know this post is heading in the conspiracy direction, but where is Detroits heart?
     
  2. guest301

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    How can you let one guy beat you. Not a one of Lebron's teammates in the last twenty minutes of that game did anything worth mentioning. Great Lake State must be pissing in his pants.That being said, Cleveland better win tonight because 81% of game 7's are decided in favor of the home team.
     
  3. Guest

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    I do not watch much basketball in the eastern conference and watching this series reminds me why. It's like these coaches are in a competition to see who can do a worse job. Mike Brown is the worst of the two of course. If the Cavaliers had even an average coach, they would be in the final by now.

    But Flip Saunders has made plenty of bad decisions this series as well. Refuses to play zone, refuses to double team James more than a few times per game. It didn't help that Mcdyess was ejected almost immediately though. He's their best bench player.

    The NBA has never sent a more mixed message about suspensions for flagrant fouls than in this year's playoffs. Forget race, I have no idea how they are deciding who to suspend and who to let go.
     
  4. White Shogun

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    Funny, just a couple of games ago LeBron was accused of being a choker, and now suddenly he has a 'performance for the ages,' a 'Jordanesque performance in what will be a classic game for the ages.'

    Riiiight. [​IMG]
     
  5. Bart

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    After three gamesagainst the Spurs he is only 22 - 60 from the floor.Edited by: Bart
     
  6. Bart

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    Le Bron finished the series shooting a paltry 32 - 90 from the floor.Dirk Nowitzki was called a choker for his less than stellar performance in losing to the Warriors, but he shot a higher percentage from the floor than James, was more accurate at the line and hauled down nearly five more rebounds per game. James had more assists, but turned the ball over nearly3 times as often as Dirk.Somehow, I doubt the King will get much negative feedback. Edited by: Bart
     
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    Very good point. I read the Cleveland Plain Dealer regularly and am looking forward to what is said about King James. Seriously doubt that it will be as critical as of Nowitzki. After all, King James is the new face of the NBA.
     
  8. Bart

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    Some of the commentators are admitting LeBron played poorly, but he hasn't been hammered like Drk was. In fact, they tend to be apologetic more than critical towards James.He is young, his team sucks, he was tired, the Spurs are a very tenacious defensive team.By the way, how did Dirkfare last year, when his team played against the Spurs?


    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=At85FczMUqnDGevauQ8WBx K8vLYF?slug=ap-cavalierswrapup&prov=ap&type=lgns


    After soaring past Detroit in the conference finals, James was grounded by the Spurs, whose defense was unlike anything he had ever faced before. The 22-year-old never came close to taking over as he did against the Pistons, blitzing them for 48 points in a transcendent Game 5 -- he scored Cleveland's final 25 points and 29 of the Cavs' last 30 -- that may one day stand up as his best.


    Hounded by Spurs stopper Bruce Bowen, James couldn't get his outside jumper to fall and he concluded the series with a miserable 10-of-30 outing in Game 4. He also had nearly as many turnovers (23) in the finals as assists (27) or rebounds (28).


    Following the game, James didn't disguise his disappointment and humbly vowed to improve.


    "Everybody has to be better coming into next season," he said. "I have to be 10 times better. Our team has to be 10 times better."


    James was at the arena on Friday as the Cavaliers packed up for the summer but he elected not to speak with the media, leaving the building as Cavs coach Mike Brown was being interviewed.


    Brown feels the superstar forward, who became a father for the second time on Thursday, will be fueled by his sub-par finals showing.


    "He knows he can play better than that, and he knows he can get better," Brown said. "He's a guy who doesn't like to fail and doesn't like to lose. He doesn't like second place -- or anything worse -- and that in itself is motivating enough for him to say, 'There are some things that I need to work on in order to help my team reach the ultimate goal, to win a championship."'


    James needs more help to get one.
     

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