Lebron James' Historic Performance in Game 4 Against Indiana Pacers Sets Up Choke

Lebron's Historic Performance Draws Comparisons to Other Times He Performed Historically Before Choking

5/22/12 in NBA   |   GFortier   |   520 respect

Lebron James' 40 points, 18 rebounds and 9 assists Sunday afternoon against the Pacers, a performance matched only once before in playoff history (Elgin Baylor, 1961,) is drawing lofty comparisons to other instanceMay 20, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) goes up for a dunk against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Miami defeated Indiana 101-93 in game 4 of the eastern conference semifinals. Mandatory credit: Michael Hickey-US PRESSWIREs in which James performed at such a high level, masterfully setting us all up for his patented anti-climactic finish. 

"These performances from James come around only once every couple of seasons," yelled somebody very loudly on ESPN 2. "You can't have the let down without the build-up! He's the King, baby!" he shrieked.

Though delivered at an unnecessarily high volume, the ESPN talking head brings up a very good talking point. Were it not for monster performances such the one in Game 4 at Indiana, we would not be nearly as disappointed when The King finds a way to disappear. The beauty of being so familiar with Lebron at this point in his career is that we can finally anticipate his grand, mundane finish.

James' 40-18-9 clinic against the Pacers drives home the point that the man truly can do it all, which will make it so wonderfully baffling when he sends tired bounce passes to his teammates, down by one point at the end of a deciding game late in the playoffs. 

"It's as if we are not worthy of the talent that is Lebron James," mused the other, whiter talking head on ESPN 2. "He gives us glimpses of his Majesty only to take it away, like he is saving himself for some basketball game we will never know about, an NBA playoff that transcends this Earth, this dimension, perhaps."

So when Mario Chalmers' long two-pointer clangs off the back of the rim and the backboard lights light up, indicating that the inexplicable has inexplicably happened again, we will finally know that it is not because Lebron does not love us, nor is it that he is just too tired from his renaissance performance in Game 4, but instead that he is simply Lebron James, and this is what he does so beautifully.

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5/22/12   |   Dan_B   |   1066 respect

Pat wrote:
Oh, what a title.

When I read this, I had a feeling you'd enjoy it, Pat. 

5/22/12   |   Pat   |   5135 respect

Oh, what a title.