Has LeBron James Found His Mojo?
Has something clicked in the mind of Lebron James or is his monster 2012 playoffs performance just a buildup for him to let us down in the NBA Finals?
We’ve seen this before. You know, LeBron goes ape and takes over games. He did it last year against Chicago and then vanished in the crunch against the Dallas Mavericks. But LeBron looks even more lethal than he did last year in the playoffs before the championship ring eluded him (or did he elude it?).
Right now, LeBron James is averaging 29 points, 8.9 rebounds and 5.6 assists. But if you look at what he’s done when Dwyane Wade has been hobbled by injuries and Chris Bosh has been out, you’ll see a different kind of monster. This is the LeBron that realizes that he must take over games. His 40, 18 & 9 game 4 against the Pacers was about as monster as you can possibly get. Game 5 was pretty damn good as well (30, 10 & 8). Well aware that Wade isn’t what he usually is, LeBron looked into the face of failure and stepped his game up.
Sadly, it shouldn’t really take all of this to bounce the Pacers.
Truthfully, nobody in the league can hold King James. The Pacers really have nothing for him. Unfortunately, the loss of Chris Bosh has put the Heat at a severe disadvantage on the inside. So LeBron takes his game to another level and clobbers Indiana. It’s been impressive but we’ll see how LeBron acts when he really faces a challenge. No, we’re not talking about the Celtics-Sixers winner. They are supposed to win that game as well. We’re talking about whomever the Heat face in the NBA Finals, should they get there.
That’s when we’ll see just how good LeBron really is when facing adversity. Both the Spurs and Thunder have the tools to dispatch of the Heat. All Miami has to do is get there.
But, for now, enjoy watching some freakishly good basketball by #6.