LeBron James: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly—after Losing Game 7 in Boston

Kevin CCorrespondent IMay 18, 2008

As the Cavs lost Game Seven in Boston, all I could hear around the media is that LeBron put up 45, but his teammates couldn't help him get a win.

Were they watching the same game as I was? The Cavs are slipping closer and closer to losing LeBron to a trade demand or to free agency because they can't win a championship.

However, I think it has more to do with LeBron than the supporting cast. Now I'm not a Cavs fan, but here is my take:

The Good
LeBron scored 45 points and shot just under 50 percent from the field. He knocked down three three-point shots, and he also got two steals, six assists, and five rebounds.

The Bad

He missed eight three pointers (3-11), five free throws (14-19), and though he had six assists, he failed to get his teammates involved when it counted.

The Ugly

The Cavs were close near the end of the game, but as always, LeBron collapsed under pressure. He missed crucial free throws, easy layups, and even a three pointer. They were down by just one point and failed to capitalize on it, but other opportunities came and went.

Down by five with just over 18 seconds on the clock, LeBron James missed what looked like a simple layup while there was a wide-open look from the perimeter. But was fouled, and then he missed one of his two free throws.

In the last three minutes or so of the game, LeBron hogged the ball as much as I have ever seen and made terrible decisions to boot.

So I say blaming the team is out and blaming LeBron is in, even though he had a terrific game otherwise.