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Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 06/10/2011

LeBron James missing again in NBA Finals Game 5


You’d airplane like Jason Terry, too, if you’d just drained a three over LeBron James. (TIM SHARP / REUTERS)

First, the good news. LeBron James had a triple-double, his first in the playoffs as a member of the Miami Heat, in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

And he has reached double figures in scoring — 11 points — in the fourth quarter of the five finals games.

So there’s that. Pret-ty, pret-ty good...when what was needed was something akin to great. As you’d expect where James is concerned and with his team down 3-2 to the Dallas Mavericks, he’s experiencing playfully mocking love pats from the sports punditocracy:

LeBron teeters on ultimate finals failure

This is the fourth quarter, paging LeBron

LeBron disappoints in the biggest game of his life

James’s triple-double can’t compensate for weak fourth quarter

Why LeBron is failing in the finals

LeBron James invisible when Heat need him most

Nowitzki’s edge on James: delivering when it matters

Tale of LeBron James, Miami Heat’s season isn’t over

Here’s LeBron James and Dwyane Wade mocking Dirk Nowitzki before last night’s game

How did that get in there? (LeBatard does raise a fair point; this really isn’t over — yet. I hate him a little for that.)

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