Despite another MVP performance from LeBron James—a performance that included 29 points, six rebounds and three assists—it wasn't enough to silence the Miami Heat's critics following Sunday's not-so-close loss to the Boston Celtics.
LeBron James sank a 25-foot three-pointer that sent a blowout of a game into overtime. He also made the correct basketball play, as he dished an admittedly askew bounce pass to Udonis Haslem, and he did not miss the open three-pointer that would have stolen the game from Boston—in overtime no less.
And the haters still hate.
LeBron didn't assume the role of "architect" of the putrid, final-possession play call and lineup assembled by head coach Eric Spoelstra.
As the coach of the Miami Heat, an organization that employs James and Dwyane Wade—each with their own respective offensive prowess—Spoelstra should not have designed a play in which Mario Chalmers runs to LeBron (the ball-handler). That naturally attracts extra defenders, forcing the best player in the league to pass up a potential game-winning shot.
Also in the lineup at that time? Wade, Haslem and Shane Battier.
Where are your best trey-ball shooters?!
Where's James Jones, a 40 percent three-point shooter on the season? Where's Mike Miller, a 41 percent three-point gunslinger in this postseason alone?!
Spoelstra should not have even sent Haslem to the floor.
When you have the best player in the league (period) on the roster and on the court, let him do work! Coach Spoelstra should have ran an isolation play to let the self-proclaimed "King" take a defender (in this case, Mickael Pietrus) one-on-one.
Who do you think will proceed to the NBA Finals? In how many games?
This never-ending hate towards the MVP sort of has a Lindsay Lohan feel to it.
"Oh, look at how promising he was when he was younger. He was so good! If everyone would just lay off of him, maybe he could get his act together. All of this attention is getting to his head. He has so much potential!"
Alright, that tangent on Lohan was nonsense, but the point is made nonetheless. LeBron still takes the unnecessary heat from this Game 4 loss...
(I'll be here all week.)