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Friday, June 3rd, 2011 at 9:10 am  |  18 responses

LeBron James Unable to Close Out Game 2 of the Finals


After playing the celebrated role of “closer” so brilliantly throughout these Playoffs, James faltered down the stretch late last night during the Heat’s epic collapse, causing fans and media in Miami to start panicking a bit all over again. From the Herald: “Closing games in the playoffs looked way too easy. Launching threes, hitting threes, shutting down superstars, holding the slimmest of leads at home or on the road — all of it appeared to be a piece of cake for LeBron James and the Heat in these playoffs. And then Thursday happened. And then the fourth quarter happened. And then Dirk Nowitzki happened. And then all those good feelings that had been built up over the past two series of impressive close-outs dissolved with one left-handed layup. An injured left hand at that. The final 7 minutes 14 seconds of Thursday’s stunning Mavericks win were an awful, horrendously timed reminder of just how ineffective the Heat offense can be when things go stagnant, when LeBron’s miracle threes aren’t falling through the net, when the other team has someone just as capable of hitting demoralizing buckets. And as much as James was credited for those amazing close-out performances against the Celtics and Bulls, he has plenty of blame to take in this one. One awful finishing performance doesn’t entirely erase everything James has done up to this point in previous fourth quarters. But in this game, on the biggest of stages, it certainly creates a few cases of temporary amnesia.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    First time this postseason. Bet against him failing again.

  • jimmythesaint67

    Precisely. Vintage Cleveland Choker hahaha! Get ‘em Mavs

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Bron Bron is the GOAT of CHOKE.

  • AQWORD

    whata crazy game. A little chokage but had worse. Another great comeback by the Texicans. That was then, its all about the bounce back now. Go Heat !

  • Brahsef

    Bout to be a great series.

  • Mvp23100

    @eboy
    Exactly what are we talking about the 1 game he didnt close and if your team got swept in the 1st round you have nothing to say

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    @ Eboy – as long as he keeps jacking up 3′s all game I’ll keep betting against him…he’s improved as a shooter be he’s FAR from an elite shooter.

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    Lebron has been closing out games lately …..I remember about four games in the playoffs where he has put daggers in his opponents hearts….he fvcked up this game, but hey he’s human..

  • http://slamonline.com Jukai

    I am betting he’ll choke again. I’m also a tranny

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Is that really Jukai? lol

  • RunNGun

    Now, that’s the LeChoke I know! LMAO

  • john

    why is everyone hating on lebron!?!? seriously.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    They got comfortable, that is all. You guys will be quiet by Sunday night, trust.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Miami isn’t winning game 3 in Dallas…book it. They’ll take game 4 though.

  • Jeremy

    There are no absolutes in sports.

    There are percentages, but even that doesn’t matter one game to the next.

    I think the Heat will be prepared for the next game and so will Dallas.. this series just got a lot better.

  • http://twitter.com/smk73 smk73

    Dallas blew a big 4th-Q lead against Portland and it didn’t seem to hurt them much.

    I’d have Bosh run a few suicides before practice today though. How do you a) not give the foul you had to give once Dirk got the ball at the elbow and then b) let him make one move and get straight to the the rim.

  • JTaylor21

    Hysterical!

  • Exile

    I’m NOT a LeBron fan, but the man had a bad game. He is too big, fast and skilled to “fade away.” I’ll enjoy the Mavs win, but I am not betting that LeBron will have a repeat performance.

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