There isn’t any athlete in professional sports that undergoes the amount of pressure that LeBron James does. LeBron is perhaps the most criticized athlete of all time, and if the Miami Heat lost to the Boston Celtics last night, that criticism may have gotten a lot worse.
Despite all of the pressure, LeBron responded with a 45 point, 15 rebound game, a game that many are describing as one of the best in NBA playoff history.
Simply put, he would not let his team lose despite the whole world writing the Miami Heat off. He knew what had to be done, ignored the critics that said the series was over and played emotionless, stone cold basketball carrying the Heat to a 98-79 blowout victory, forcing a decisive game 7.
LeBron played with a passion and fire that he has never shown in his life, and at this point, he knows what he has to do.What amazes me is how unbelievably LeBron dealt with the pressure last night, something he’s failed to do for the majority of his career.
Teammate Dwyane Wade has played poorly this series to say the least, and he was certainly glad that LeBron stepped up when he vanished.
“I’m not a fortune teller,” Dwyane Wade said. “I didn’t see it coming.”
I can only imagine the mockery and hatred LeBron would have received if the Heat lost this game. Somehow, he channelled all of that out, and played phenomenally, physically and mentally.
Last nights performance by LeBron was easily the best by any player of the 2012 playoffs and one of the better performances of all time- and LeBron did it with the world against him.
Only time will tell if LeBron has enough heroics to close out the Celtics and carry the Heat to the finals for the second straight year. He knows the Heat can’t celebrate just yet. However, in game 6, the ‘un-clutch’ LeBron stepped up in a big way when his team needed it the most, and there is no reason to believe that he won’t carry them to the finals and beyond.