Why LeBron, D-Wade Make It Tougher on Themselves by Making the Game Look so Easy

Matt ShetlerCorrespondent IMay 25, 2012

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After their collective performances during the past three games, when LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined to score 197 points on 78-of-134 (58 percent) shooting, maybe the demise of the Miami Heat was just a little premature.

Yet after watching LBJ and Wade the past three games, I now understand why these two phenomenal players get criticized at all, and that's because they make the game look way too easy.

That's not to say when Wade or James come under fire that it's fair or even deserved, but because they make the game look so easy, critics are quick to call them out.

Combined, the duo scores, rebounds, passes and plays defense, and they do it all great.

When they play like they did to close out the Indiana Pacers, it becomes natural for fans and critics alike to say, "Why can't they do that all of the time?"

If only it were that easy.

Being great is one thing, but what Wade and LeBron have is a gift. Very few athletes have the ability to do what they do on the basketball court. When they are at their best, their success appears to be effortless.

Yet being so good at your craft and making something difficult look so easy also opens one's self up to heavy criticism when things don't go as well.

A good example of that is the fact that Wade was all but written off after scoring only five points in Miami's Game 3 loss. The great ones rarely struggle to that degree, and when they do, it brings the critics out of the woodwork.

Again, most of that is because they make everything look so easy and, as a result, are held to a much higher standard than the regular athlete.

Is that fair? Probably not, but that's the way things are.

So, the next time you want to criticize an athlete the likes of a Wade or James, make sure you also remember to dish out praise for the countless times these guys make the game look so easy.