LeBron Afraid Of Going To The Rim
LeBron and Wade’s settling for jump shots instead of going after layups costs Miami the game.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: This is the finals guys. Play like you care.
The Miami offense continues to look disjoined and stagnant. It relies on bailout miracle shots, one-on-one play, and LeBron going for 45-points in order for the Heat to win.
It is a testament to LeBron, Wade, and Bosh’s one-on-one offensive skills that they are back in the finals again. These guys are truly some of the best players in the game. It’s just a shame they still haven’t figured out how to win as a team, so they continue to lose as individuals.
In case LeBron hasn’t gotten the memo, he is a beast offensively. Oklahoma has no on that can cover him. The only player that can shut down LeBron is wearing number six for Miami, namely LeBron. He continues to let the Thunder talk him into settling for deep jump shots and getting the ball on entry passes while straddling the 3-point line.
Yes, LeBron’s statistics this playoff run are amazing, but if Miami is going to win he has to start playing a lot smarter. LeBron shoots a much higher percentage when he receives the ball in a high post position around 17-18 feet out. Yes, LeBron can take and make 3-pointers, but if he drove to the rim 3 times as much as he does he’d put the whole Thunder team in foul trouble, live at the line, and force OKC to lay so far off him his jump shot would come alive. When he did start launching jumpers they wouldn’t be 3-pointers, but rather 18-foot looks that he knocks down at a 70% clip.
LeBron must stop settling and start dictating. The problem is he’s too good. He can make 3-pointers and he can receive an entry pass by the 3-point line and still score, but Miami need to increase their efficiency and apply more pressure to Oklahoma. Settling for deep jump shots or hiding in the corner in the last 10 minutes of the game, isn’t going to get the job done.
If Miami is going to win a ring this year I need to see game 6 LeBron from the Eastern Conference Finals every night. Miami needs his intensity and dominance now, not his smiles and easy going demeanor. This is where championships are made. Michael understood it, Kobe understood it, the question is whether LeBron will ever figure it out. No one cares that he went for 30-points. The only thing that matters is he didn’t go for 10 in the last 10 minutes like his team needed.
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