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Playoff Fix: The King and the pivotal swing game

Posted on: June 8, 2011 9:07 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2011 6:35 pm
Posted by Royce Young

One Big Thing:
LeBron. Game 5 is maybe the most intriguing NBA game in the last 10 years mainly because of LeBron James. How is he going to respond? What's he going to do? Is he going to overplay? Slink back again? Take over? It's just fascinating stuff. And oh yeah, the series is tied 2-2 and the winner of this game moves within a game of an NBA championship.

So basically, if you're not watching, then I'm not sure we can be friends anymore. Game 5 has about as many storylines as any game I can think of, any sport included.

The X-Factor: LeBron. I just went over this, but either LeBron is going to own Game 5 or he won't. And if LeBron plays like we all know he's capable of -- remember, he's the best player in the league -- then the Heat have a big edge. But if LeBron shrinks back into an awkward role playing position, content to just defend, rebound and swing the ball at the top of the key, the Heat have lost their best player and seen him reduced to a glorified Shane Battier.

It's becoming an issue of what LeBron brings. The Heat survived Game 3 with LeBron doing just enough and Wade carrying the load. They won't be able to last through Game 5 with LeBron scoring in single figures. They won't be able to win with him just passing the ball. He has to be a factor and, if he is, he's The X-Factor.

The Adjustment: LeBron has to be more LeBron. (Are you sensing a theme?) That doesn't mean he has to aggressively attack. Here's an interesting stat: The Heat are 15-1 this season in games LeBron takes 11 or fewer field-goal attempts. The first loss, of course, being Game 4. So it's not all about LeBron chucking 25 shots.

But he has to dominate the game. And he can do that while taking just 11 shots. He can create points in a bunch of different ways. It's about him being the LeBron James who has won two MVPs and probably was the best player this season too.

The Sticking Point: This is the last home game of the season for the Mavericks. And if they don't win, it's on to Miami where they have to win back-to-back games on the road. Not impossible, but if Dallas wants a real shot at this championship, it's got to approach Game 5 as a must-win situation.

The Mavs were desperate in Game 4. And really, they'll be the desperate team in Game 5 because it's more important for them than it is the Heat. But again, how does Miami respond? How does LeBron respond? It's why I'm almost counting down the seconds to this game. I can't think of any sporting event that's had this much intrigue since maybe the Giants-Patriots Super Bowl.

You better be watching. Because if not, you might be missing something incredible.

Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 8:48 pm

Playoff Fix: The King and the pivotal swing game

Well, heatwave misses the point here.  Kobe and MJ and Duncan all have egos, sure.....big ones.....but they also won a title...or several. LeBron talks as he ALREADY has. And the problem for Miami is how to integrate Wade and James. Its not quite worked out yet and this is one of the defensive strategies for dallas.  I havent seen LBJ will the team to the win. MJ used to do that every year.  Ok, I do see Dirk, not maybe the greatest but clearly a great player, doing it. Dirk has had epic 4th quarters. Its a weird psychology, team sports.  I have a hunch LeBron scores a lot tonight and the Heat lose.

Since: May 30, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 8:43 pm

Playoff Fix: The King and the pivotal swing game

LeBron will come through tonight.  Whether you LeBron haters like it or not, the Heat ARE going to win the title this year.  It will be their first of many.  Live with it!

Since: Jun 9, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 8:37 pm
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Since: Sep 27, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2011 8:24 pm

Playoff Fix: The King and the pivotal swing game

iI am a bit tired of all these people talking about how arrogant lebron is, how selfish and self centered he is. how he is not a good person and this and that. wasnt jordan the most egotistical man who played the game. if not him wilt chamberlain was or how about kobe bryant. you see you guys chose to hate lebron for whateva reasons you want and you have every right to do so. heck, iI like dwyane wade better and always have but the difference is your calling him out for things ALL great players have and thats a huge ego. you dont bash those people yet you bash lebron, hypercritical if u ask me. jordan, kobe, barkley, wilt, paul pierce, gary payton and the list goes on and on have had big time ego trips.. now wheres the hate for them... check urself

Since: Jun 6, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 8:21 pm

Playoff Fix: The King and the pivotal swing game

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Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2011 8:07 pm

Playoff Fix: The King and the pivotal swing game

LeBron (what kind of name is that?!) James is a particularly loathsome human being.  Spoiled, arrogant, conceited, self-involved, immoral....use any of those terms and they apply to him directly.  The Mavericks deserve the title.  I hope LeBron continues to be on the losing end of things.

Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: June 9, 2011 8:06 pm

Playoff Fix: The King and the pivotal swing game

Is it STILL NBA stuff?  Really I don't care WHAT LeBron James does OR Dirk Nowitski does.  Let's just wrap up this basketball crap so there are headlines for Hockey, baseball, and the NFL Lockout.  The NBA and WNBA don't merit any more ink than the Indoor LaCross league or Arena Football.  Man I can't wait until the NBA season is OVER!  Let's hope this IS the END!

I hate to break it to you CentralMass3, but it's game 5.  The series is tied.  There is no way for this to be the end.  Bare minimum of two more games my friend.

Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2011 7:46 pm

Playoff Fix: The King and the pivotal swing game

@skykid213- You make a pretty good point. I agree that Jordan faced tough teams. The Knick teams under Riley and VanGundy were very, very good. However, comparng players from different eras is pointless. Lebron can't help who he plays against. He can only try and beat those that are put in front of him. The teams Jordan had were also much better than this Miami team. Horace Grant, Paxon, Pippen, Rodman etc.

Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2011 7:38 pm

Stop fixating on Lebron

Lebron isn't the first superstar to score 8 pts in a finals game. Larry Bird has done it and I am sure others have too. To call Lebron a failure if he doesn't win a ring this year is ridiculous. When the Celtics added Garnett and Allen, I hoped for instant success, but didn't think it would happen. The Heat are going to be relavant for years to come. Did everyone forget what he did to the Celtics in the 2nd round? Did everyone forget how he played in the East Finals? The problem is that the heat are not a very deep team. The Heat are in the finals on talent alone. Once they get a little deeper bench, they will be unstoppable. As a Celts fan, I am not happy about this at all. Anyway, get off Lebron's back.

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