LeBron James has an all-time great game, gets beer dumped on him
NBA, Miami Heat

Did we just become witnesses to LeBron's transformation?

6/8/12 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

June 7, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) reacts to a call during the third quarter of game six of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2012 NBA playoffs against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden.  Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIREThere's one thing that was different about LeBron James' performance last night.

It wasn't his absurd stat line of 45 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 assists. While it was definitely one of his best games, it's not like he hasn't done that sort of thing before.

It wasn't the way he lead the Heat to a blowout win. That's happened plenty of times.

It was his smile.

More accurately, it was the lack thereof.

Throughout the entire game, LeBron wasn't seen smiling a single time. Even when the game was out of reach late in the 4th quarter and LeBron was resting up on the bench, he covered his face with a towel any time he was talking, smiling or laughing.

A few days ago, in Game 1, LeBron was laughing in Kevin Garnett's face after a play.

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Last night, he was a completely different person. No laughing, no smiling, all business.

Could this be a different chapter in LeBron's story? Was this the change that he needed to make to suddenly flip the switch and develop the killer instinct that he has seemed to lack throughout his career?

If so, the rest of the NBA better watch out.

An inspired, motivated, serious, and intense LeBron could do some serious damage.

He's clearly the most talented player in the NBA, perhaps the best in league history. If he can move past his struggles late in big games, whether perceived or actual, he could go down as the greatest player of all time.

LeBron didn't even NEED to play the 4th quarter last night, since his heroics led the Heat to such an insurmountable lead that it didn't even matter.

When he plays like he did last night, it's special to watch, and there might not be anyone in the league who can stop him.

Unfortunately, in Boston, fans didn't exactly appreciate it as much as they might down in Miami, if LeBron duplicates his effort in Game 7.

Is this a new LeBron? Or will he go back to wilting under pressure, possibly starting on Saturday night in Game 7? I guess we'll see.
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6/11/12   |   kobe_lova   |   62320 respect

Simplest route... yes!

6/9/12   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

Until he wins that ring--none of his numbers matter. I can now sit back and laugh whenever the Jordan comparisons are made. The one thing Kobe and LeBron have done more than Jordan is LOSE! 6-0 in the finals.

6/8/12   |   Scott   |   54573 respect

The Heat are a far more dangerous team when Lebron James plays the role of Batman to Dwyane Wade's Robin instead of vice versa.  Last night was what everybody has been hoping and wanting to see from the MVP since he came to Miami.  If he can do it consistently, then I will be a believer in this transformation

6/8/12   |   dyard06


6/8/12   |   kobe_lova   |   62320 respect

It's the same Lebron. He's put up numbers, he's played big. He's capable, he's just not always consistent with the game on the line. And I guess, technically since it wasn't close, the one major issue people point out wasn't truly tested. You kinda want to see him take the game winning shot tomorrow night, but at the same time, I think the simplest route would be another blowout. I don't want ***ton to win, and I just don't trust Lebron with .5 on the clock, down by 1.