Lebron’s final line, in a game that he called “the most important of my career”: 17 points, 8-19 shooting, 10 assists, 10 rebounds, -9 +/-. That’s a decent enough line, but it ain’t Jordan. It ain’t Magic. It ain’t even Kobe.
It will be interesting to see how the Powers That Be at ESPN spin this one.
UPDATE: You can’t make this up. Here’s the ESPN rapid reaction:
All the pressure in the world was on James’ shoulders. LeBron didn’t respond with a scoring explosion; he responded by showing why he’s one of the most complete players ever to play the game. His shot was off early, but he actively looked to put pressure on Dallas’ defense, had a triple-double, and had four assists in the fourth quarter for the Heat, many of them leading to layups. Unfortunately, LeBron had a back-breaking charge and missed three in crunch time, and his first fourth-quarter points in two games came in what was essentially garbage time.
I ought to tell ESPN that someone is hacking their site, and posting parodies of the network’s infatuation with LeBron. His failure to take control showed why James is the “one of the most complete players ever to play the game”? And “unfortunately” he disappeared in the fourth quarter? The mind reels.