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.)
A graphic look: Following the lead
Game 5: Game 5
Bog: Bob Ley on the DeShawn-LeBron feud