LeBron James took over the game. He either scored or assisted on every fourth quarter point his team got in the fourth quarter. He got yet another triple double in this crucial playoff game. I won’t say it was the most dominating fourth quarter performance I’ve ever seen. That’s no disrespect by any means to The King. It was different than that.
The fourth quarter of this game reminded me of a high school game where there was one dominate player on the court – clearly head and shoulders above all the rest in talent and athleticism. In the crucial last 5 minutes of the game this guy got the ball every single time at the top of the key. Held the ball, sized his man up and reacted to the defense by either scoring or laying down an easy assist via a three pointer from Daniel Gibson or Mo Williams. If he didn’t score or pass to those guys he caught Varejaoor Joe Smith for an easy lay up. There were no play calls, no strategy drawn up by the coach. Simple meat and potatoes. “Get this guy the ball and let him decide what to do with it… period!”
I know that there are a lot of people who feel that LeBron is better than Kobe at this stage in his career. I tend to disagree though I feel The King is the most dominating player in the league right now. LeBron turns the ball over too much for my taste to be considered better than Kobe. This should change as he matures – and yes as great as he is he still has room for improvement. If he stays healthy, there is no reason why LeBron won’t be top 5 of all time.
The way he willed his team to victory last night was just phenomenal.