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Monday, April 22nd, 2013 at 11:00 am  |  31 responses

LeBron James Thinks He Set the Bar Too High for Himself


Imagine being so good, that even when you’re spectacular, fans and media expect you to do more. Welcome to LeBron James’s world. LBJ jokingly lamented that he’s been so great this season, that he’s bound to let people down when he doesn’t post astronomical numbers every game. Per Fox Sports: “When you have a game like that, what can you do?’ Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jim Boylan said after his Bucks fell 110-87 in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round series. “’ thought Luc (Mbah a Moute) battled him well. I thought Marquis (Daniels) battled him, tried to make him as uncomfortable as possible. The guy’s the best player in the world right now. So what can you do? You just tip your hat to him.’ At least Boylan can take solace in knowing James never had shot a better percentage from the field in 115 previous playoff games. He was 9 of 11 for 81.8 percent while having a near triple-double with 27 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in 35 minutes. [...] Even James sometimes can’t comprehend the levels he reaches. ‘I’m setting the bar actually too high for myself, to come out here and shoot what I did tonight, 9 of 11, and the games I’ve been shooting,’ James said. ‘If I go 9 for 18, then you guys look at me crazy.’ Yeah, by James standards, 50 percent would be pretty crummy. James now has shot 69.6 percent in the past 10 overall games he has played, never having gone below 58. A staggering five times during the stretch he’s been above 70 percent. James’ 11 field-goal attempts Sunday were a career playoff low. One reason he’s performing so well is he has so many weapons around him that he can be quite selective in his shot selection. ‘We have so many threats out on the floor, it allows me to just play without any stress because I know guys on our team can make plays with or without me on the floor,’ said James, helped out Sunday by 20 points from Ray Allen, 16 courtesy of Dwyane Wade and 15 from Chris Bosh.”

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  • phislammajamma

    what a phenomenon

  • Ugh

    He’s spoiling himself with his play!

  • http://twitter.com/trueballer4lif1 Melvin flynt

    I only see this man getting better! He is a freak of nature! Lol

  • Lloyd

    I doubt MJ would’ve ever said that he sets the bar TOO high for himself. But damn this dude has been other worldly on the court this season. Take it in guys, we’re witnessing something phenomenal. No telling when we’ll see this level of dominance asserted my a single player again after LBJ

  • http://www.facebook.com/gluegoat86 Eddy Wang

    Video Game James

  • bike

    LeBron has the potential to be the GOAT.

  • danpowers

    many players had and some have. he is just as close to jordandom as it gets

  • robb

    this man needs to leave this planet ASAP. He should be playing against guys from other galaxies. Earth’s basketball is getting too easy for him

  • shockexchange

    Attempting to master “The LeBron Rules … Keys to Stopping LeBron James” from the Shock Exchange is a pretty lofty goal.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    I gotta say this is a treat for me to witness this man play the game. I’m only 20 so I wasn’t too aware of MJ growing up but I’m glad I can actually say I watched and understood what LeBron was doing in his prime. I think a lot of people take his game for granted because he makes it look so easy. He makes it look so effortless. The guy scored 27 points on 9-11 shooting! This guy is on another planet.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it’s good too see the younger(ish) generation, at least some of it, understands what they are watching.

  • RipCity

    so did kobe… step 1 reach 6 rings. LeBron & Wade SHOULD be able to do that, then we can talk for real

  • RipCity

    they need to stop letting Miami play on rookie mode…

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    lets talk when its all said & done.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    gotta love some serious playoff ball

  • The Big Cheese

    Agreed. However, MJ never shot the ball as efficiently as Lebron does. Lebron’s sitting at 56.5 FG% ad 40 3PFG% right now, which Mike never did. I can’t recall MJ ever going ten games in a row over 50% (and looking over his career stats, I can’t find such a stretch). Mike took far more shots, too. I mean, a near triple-double, with 27 points on 11 shots? Not to knock His Airness, but a couple more years like this and King James officially takes the crown.

  • The Seed

    LOL, this is a funny post. T-Ray just two years ago, nobody stated this about him. OKC give him a ring, his life change.

  • The Seed

    Its against the BUCKS, lets see him do this against the NETS next round. Which I predict an upset.

  • Lloyd

    Yea but at the moment, MJ’s career FG% is better. Gotta wait a couple more seasons to see if he can surpass MJ in most statistical categories, but it’s not far-fetched if he keeps his game at this level.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    Well I can’t speak for everyone but I’m appreciative of what he brings to this sport.

  • Nigel Mitchell

    Hopefully they can get past the bulls

  • ATL dynamite

    ‘James now has shot 69.6 percent in the past 10 overall games he has played, never having gone below 58. A staggering five times during the stretch he’s been above 70 percent. James’ 11 field-goal attempts Sunday were a career playoff low.’
    This is some crazy, crazy stats, and the craziest thing is that when the stat line is from Lebron it looks only a bit above par. This dude is unbelievable.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marco-Czen/100001777764077 Marco Czen

    A couple more seasons like this / at least 3 rings AND LBJ WILL GO DOWN AS THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME !!!

  • LP

    Lets keep in mind Mj and LeBron play different positions… Lebron is playing alot of power forward nowadays, so he’s getting many shots in the paint… MJ took tougher shots ,more perimeter shots than LeBron… Hard to compare the 2 as far as fg%, and also rebounds… Lebrons a forward,he’s supposed to rebound….

  • http://www.facebook.com/starkpwnsyou Joshua Maria Peter Bautista

    He’s destined to be at least Top 5 all-time when it comes to ranking the greatest players who ever played. Destined. Just destined.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    he’s doing good. he’s on the right path

  • JL

    What’s impressive is that he is not the next Jordan. Before Lebron, everyone thought the perfect basketball player would be Jordan. Now Lebron comes along and physically he’s better in every way athletically. Skills wise he’s not as diverse but gets it done with great efficiency. It’s like if you say if God was to build a perfect basketball player, would it be in Jordan’s mold or Lebron’s mold? Or maybe someone faster strong taller and more skilled will come along later. But Lebron is indeed setting the bar high.

  • JL

    Well, he is a better player than two years ago, and also won a ring, not given one. Plus people hated him for his stupid public decisions, not his skills.

  • Ugh

    Michael also played against defences that punched him in the stomach when he drove to the basket. LeBron’s defenders go matador when he takes his first step.

  • Ugh

    Cool story.

  • Ei_Ehm

    Lebron has to stop messing around with the NBA sliders…

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