For the last two rounds it has been clear what people has been doing to James. Take your chances on him shooting and he has failed miserablty at it. He hasnt even played good in this series. Last night he played good in the 4th quater but that was it.
For an all time great James should be doing much better than he has been in the playoffs.
I was just about to say the same thing: everyone's FG% goes down since 1) you're playing the elite defenses, and 2) everyone has a lot more time to do their homework on you over the course of a series.
But the dude shot 11/26 last night. That's 42 percent: not outstanding, but not bad. So-so. But keep in mind he's playing the Spurs. The freaking Spurs. A top three team in defenseive efficiency. You want to know who else is in the top three? Memphis is #2, and Indiana is #1. The same Indiana that LeBron just got through beating. And before Indiana? Chicago, the eight-ranked team in terms of defensive efficiency. So in LeBron's current series plus his last two, he's faced/facing three top-10 defenses. How does his FG% not go down?
Oh and by the way, you're conveniently ignoring the fact that he recorded a triple double last night! 32 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists. So it's not like he was just sitting on his hands when he wasn't shooting. Give the man a break.
He played outstanding last night. best he has played in both series probably. But like i said he is suppose to be an all time great and he isn't efficiently doing this. Michael Jordan dominated in the post-season and no it isnt fair to compare James to Jordan but that is what is going to happen when you are considered an all-time great.
He's about halfway through his career right now. It's not fair to talk as if his legacy is completely written. It's not fair to call him an all-time great when he's still making his legacy now.
Michael Jordan has had it a lot easier over the course of his career than James has had it ever. Jordan has always, always been a media darling. People have hated James since he was in high school because of his nickname (King James) and his high school games being broadcast on ESPN (not to mention "The Decision" and the "Not two, not three, not four!" pep rally). And there wasn't nearly as much sports coverage of Jordan's every little move the way their is of James'. If those two hopped in a time machine and took each others' place in their respective eras, James wouldn't look so bad and Jordan wouldn't look so good. It took Jordan seven years to win his first ring, and it's taken LeBron the same amount of time, yet the media never mounted the same amount of pressure on MJ because there just wasn't as much media to breath down MJ's neck back then.
And let me ask you this: do you know who Booby Gibson, Larry Hughes, Donyell Marshell, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Drew Gooden are? If you're not a hardcore b-ball fan, probably not. Outside of a couple of All-Star appearances from Ilgauskas in a crappy Eastern conference and Defensive 1st Team from Hughes, they're a bunch of scrubs that had no business ever making an NBA finals. But guess who carried them there on his back? Yeah, it was probably the worst team to ever make an NBA Finals (I'm still trying to decide between them and Iverson's '01 Sixers), but that says a lot about just how much that Cavs team was LBJ and no one else.