Miami Heat

Lebron James Disappoints Us Again, Paul Pierce Takes a Shot

MIAMI - NOVEMBER 11:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat drives against Paul Pierce #34 during a game against the Boston Celtics at American Airlines Arena on November 11, 2010 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Scott RedickContributor INovember 12, 2010

Following the Miami Heat’s 2nd loss to the Boston Celtics this season we were left with many questions about not only the Heat, but Lebron James.

Sure Lebron nearly missed a triple-double with 35 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists, but that doesn’t tell us the story of this game.

The postgame press conference does.

James who racked up 44 minutes in the game told the media that, “For myself, 44 minutes is too much, I think Coach Spo knows that. Forty minutes for D-Wade is too much. We have to have as much energy as we can to finish games out.”

Is he saying that Coach Spoelstra should have rested him earlier in the game?

Not only would it be hard for me to remove Lebron from the game if I was coach, but look at the lack of depth the Heat have at the wing while they are missing Mike Miller to an injury.

Their best options off the bench are Eddie House and James Jones.

Not exactly the same as Lebron and D-Wade.

At the end of the day, winners are supposed to be a different breed.

Did you ever hear Magic or Michael complain about a high number of minutes after a loss?

No.

The only time you here Kobe talk about minutes is when he wants to play more on his self-proclaimed “100% healthy” surgically repaired knee. 

When you decide to exhaust most of your payroll on three players, you'd better be sure those players are ready to handle the workload.

Incidents like this are why many feel that Lebron is not mentally ready to lead a team to the NBA Title.

We all know he has the physical tools, he may be the best talent of all-time, but talent doesn't necessarily equate to titles.

Can anyone tell me how many rings Dominique Wilkins won while MJ was around?

Speaking of players who have led their teams to an NBA Championship, Paul Pierce led Boston to its big win, scoring 25 points on a spectacular 10-of-16 shooting.

Following the game Pierce used Twitter to take a shot at Lebron after the Celtics victory saying, “It's been a pleasure to bring my talents to South Beach now on to Memphis.”—an obvious jab at James’ comments during “The Decision.”

While the comment won't go over well with Lebron, who's been unhappy when criticized about his choices, Pierce earned the right to speak after the Celtic’s big win.

Clearly there's something missing in South Beach.

Who ever thought the Heat would be missing Mike Miller badly?

-Scott Malewig

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