LeBron James 2nd Most Clutch Player in 2011 Playoffs... so Fans Say He Sucks

Gordon TrueCorrespondent IJune 14, 2011

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 12:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat answers questions after the Heat were defeated 105-95 by the Dallas Mavericks in Game Six of the 2011 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena on June 12, 2011 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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Perusing the cloud of blogs and forums in the aftermath of the 2011 NBA Finals could cause the uninformed to conclude that LeBron James is a horrible basketball player and an evil human being.

To say that navigating this web of over-reactionary fluff and extreme absurdities can be misleading would be a supreme understatement.

Take a step back. Look at the playoffs as a whole. 

LeBron James delivered in the clutch for his team more than any other player in the NBA not named Dirk Nowitzki.

It is not surprising, then, that these are the teams that made it to the NBA Finals.

Yes, in the final series of the playoffs Nowitzki beat James in the battle of clutch delivery. Handedly. It wasn't even close.

But LeBron's failure (or the Mavericks defense's success) in the Finals cannot take away the fact that James carried the Miami Heat to the Finals.

We are so quick to point out that Wade was the best player for the Heat in the finals, but we forget that he wouldn't have been in the Finals if not for James' clutch play.

We tell our not-so-funny jokes about dollars and quarters alluding to LeBron's inability to finish a game, but we forget that this is the same pile of garbage we heaped on Dirk as recently as one year ago.

(Of course, when I say we, I mean you.)

So, let's try and keep our reactions from flying away from us.

In sports, one team wins and one team loses. 

It doesn't logically follow that the winning team embodies supreme flawlessness. Nor does it follow that the losing team is absent of any positive characteristic.

No, LeBron James does not suck.

Yes, he failed. He declared this publicly after Game 6.

Once we internet sports writers find our way back down to Earth, we will realize that this brand new Miami Heat team performed exceptionally well.

Perhaps more than any other team, they are in a great position to continue the pursuit.