Media Excuses LeBron James for Another Failed Fourth Quarter

Stacey MicklesCorrespondent IIJune 10, 2011

DALLAS, TX - JUNE 09:  Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks and LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat look on in Game Five of the 2011 NBA Finals at American Airlines Center on June 9, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.  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 Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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One thing about being part of the media which I can’t stand sometimes is the way some of my fellow writers and commentators have a tendency to make excuses, especially when the team or the player they pick to win it all falls flat on their faces.

This is the case with LeBron James. James once again fell flat for the Miami Heat in the fourth quarter of last night’s 112-103 victory for the Dallas Mavericks. Although he had a triple double (17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assist), he only scored two points in the fourth quarter.

I’ve yet to hear hardly any media member outside of Dallas give the Mavs credit for taking care of business last night, but what I have heard are excuses for LeBron not stepping up his game yet.

The main reason I’ve heard that LeBron is not playing well is because of fatigue; really? It’s not the Dallas defense or LeBron’s lack of intensity, it’s because this poor kid is tired. Maybe we should give him a blanket and a pillow so he can rest in between time outs.

This is supposed to be the best player in the league according to many and he hasn’t stepped up his game. Dwayne Wade even on a bad hip scored 23 points last night and you don’t think he is tired too?

Being tired doesn’t matter when you play for a championship; these are the freaking finals people. The time when your supposed to take your game to another level. Dirk Nowitzki was sick with the flu the other night and STILL outscored LeBron in the fourth quarter.

In the 1980 NBA Finals, Magic Johnson with the LA Lakers had to take over in a game for veteran Kareem Abdul Jabbar who was hurt, so Magic had to move to the center position. Magic scored 42 points and not only did the Lakers win the game, but they won the series; that’s what great players do.

A lot of this is the media’s love affair with LeBron. They refuse to see that the kid hasn’t stepped up to championship level and they refuse to maybe admit that their crowning of him might have been a bit premature.

If this was Kobe Bryant, you’d hear a lot of these same media members slamming him for not playing up to his normal level.

Because it’s LeBron, he gets a break and excuses. I don’t even think LeBron would say he was tired. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Heat manage to pull this off in seven, but if they do, it will be despite LeBron James, not because of him.