It happened again. LeBron had another 4th quarter (and overtime) to forget. Take a look at LeBron’s play-by-play (not including defensive rebounds):
7:31 - LeBron makes jumper. MIA 77- LAC 76.
7:18 - LeBron draws a charge
7:11 - LeBron turnover. MIA 77 - LAC 76.
5:48 - LeBron misses 1 of 2 free throws. MIA 79 - LAC 80
4:16 - LeBron makes 2 free throws. MIA 82 - LAC 80
2:44 - LeBron misses layup. MIA 82 - LAC 83
2:15 - LeBron turnover (offensive foul). MIA 82 - LAC 83
1:21 - LeBron misses 1 of 2 free throws. MIA 83 - LAC 83
0:33 - LeBron misses jump shot. MIA 84 - LAC 83
0:27 - LeBron fouls Chauncey Billips while shooting a three pointer (questionable call). Billips makes all three. MIA 84 - LAC 86
0:16 - LeBron misses 1 of 2 free throws. MIA 85 - LAC 86
0:05 - LeBron misses 1 of 2 free throws. MIA 86 - LAC 86
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3:49 - LeBron misses jump shot. MIA 86 - LAC 88
3:29 - LeBron turnover. MIA 86 - LAC 88
2:39 - LeBron misses jump shot. MIA 86 - LAC 90
2:05 - LeBron misses layup. MIA 86 - LAC 90
1:24 - LeBron assists Chalmers. MIA 89 - LAC 90
CLIPPERS WIN 95-89
And don’t forget he missed a clutch 3-pointer two nights ago in an overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors, after not taking a shot in the fourth quarter.
There are a lot of unanswered questions: What is going on with LeBron James? Have a small group of reporters, and a large group of haters, actually affected the current best basketball player in the world? Is it mental? Are the fans on twitter in his wheelhouse? Are the jokes about LeBron choking becoming a mini-reality for James?
With a history of clutch performances in his past, James certainly has proved he can come through when his team needs it, but performances like last night’s make us all constantly question if he will come through?
I honestly think he needs to see a sports psychiatrist. Seemed to work for Ron Artest (for a couple months). Maybe Phil Jackson’s available? Or Tim Tebow? As loyal basketball fans, we deserve the opportunity to see LeBron at his best.
Either way, we win. If we get answers to the questions above, and LeBron figures out the mental side of the game, we’ll get to watch a runaway train. If those questions are asked time and time again this season, and for the rest of his career, we’ll get to enjoy one of the most fascinating sports figures of all-time.