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King James can’t take the Heat

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webmaster | 05/18/12

LeBron James is the best player in basketball. I give him that. But unless he finds a way to keep from hiding under the covers late in games, Miami will again be denied a ring. And James will never be considered a legend.

In the Game 2 loss against the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, we saw why James is dogged by the reputation of choking in situations that, as the best player in the league, are exactly when he should elevate his game and pull out wins.

James had scored 29 points, grabbed nine boards, dished five assists and had five steals. Phenomenal. MVP type of performance. But where did he go with four minutes left in a very tight game? He pulled a Jimmy Hoffa and was nowhere to be found.

With the Heat trailing by a point and 54 seconds remaining, James stepped to the free throw line. Who else would you want there but the best player in the NBA? Maybe Jimmy Chitwood, because James badly clanked both free throws...


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