We are only a few hours away until tip-off for Game 5 of the NBA Finals and the biggest question on everyone’s mind is “which Lebron James will show up tonight”? On Tuesday, the Miami Heat lost to the Dallas Mavericks as Lebron James managed to score only 8 points after going 3-11 from the field and 2-4 from the foul line. After the game, Lebron James was forced to face his critics who questioned how the most physically gifted athlete on the court could disappear when his team needed him most.
While Lebron James has been known to disappear during games for periods of time due to his unselfishness, there is no question that when motivated Lebron James can take over any game. For all the “haters” out there, it is easy to forget that during the 2007 playoffs against the Detroit Pistons, Lebron James took over the fourth quarter as he scored 29 of the Cleveland Cavaliers final 30 points in a double-overtime win. Lebron James ended that game with 48 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists as he scored his team’s final 25 points.
It is important to remember that this is only the first season that the big three in Miami have played together. While Lebron James may be the best player in the NBA, he was the one joining a new team that was led by a superstar who has a championship ring on his finger. It is likely that Lebron James will bounce back from his poor performance on Tuesday but the only way the Miami Heat can win is if they find a better overall balance on offense.
For those who have forgotten how magically Lebron James’ 2007 playoff performance was against the Detroit Pistons, below are the highlights. In addition, you can check out some of Lebron James’ best plays from this season.