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the "Public Enemy #1" Campaign for Lebron James.
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With the stage set, Lebron James stood up, showing everyone that the crowned “Public Enemy” had been laid to rest, and King James had arrived. Answering a game one loss at Oklahoma City where Lebron was outscored by Kevin Durant 36 to 30, he responded. Game 2 came down to big plays in big moments, with Lebron leading the way with 32 points, 5 assists, and 8 rebounds to Durant’s 32 points, 1 assist, and 3 rebounds. With a game that could be argued over calls that were made or weren’t made, the Heat pulled out a win to send the series back to Miami.
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pressure off Lebron to prove his greatness?
Returning home, determined to prove the critics, naysayers, and possibly even himself, Lebron James delivered what could be one of the greatest NBA Finals performances for a series, all while leading Miami to the Championship. Pushing the Heat to a 2-1 series lead, and outdueling Durant, Lebron took charge leading the way with 29 points,3 assists, and a team high 14 rebounds. Game 4 proved to be a tougher challenge for the new Lebron, battling leg cramps that required him to be carried off the court, only to return later in true Willis Reed fashion, the Heat went on to win behind Lebrons 26 points, team high 12 assists, and 9 rebounds, falling just 1 rebound shy of his first triple double of the season. The Heat had to resist a fiery effort from Russell Westbrook who lead the charge for the Thunder with 43 points, but falling short 104-98.
Game 5. Too much Lebron. In what he called his own game 7, Lebron showed he can close out big games, collecting his first triple double of the season in true superstar fashion- 26 points, 13 assists, and 11 rebounds. The Heat stormed away from the Thunder and never really saw them get close, winning game 5 121-106.
|King James delivered on the biggest stage in true |
Lebron showed us that he can lead his team, he can be the leader that many of the greats before him were, whether he needs to lead his team in rebounds like Bill Russell did for many of the Celtics championships, whether he needs to keep feeding the hot hand of Mike Miller in game 5 the same way Jordan feed Paxson and Kerr on the way to championships, or whether he just needed to inspire the same way Paul Pierce did after returned to the game after leaving due to injury, Lebron fought through everything this series, but never folded once. He shut out the critics; he shut out the noise, and just played basketball.
Is this the beginning of true greatness? Was this success forged from chance? Or, will we see the old Lebron again? I think it’s a scary realization for the East; Superman had kryptonite, but the Finals showed us that King James doesn’t have a known weakness, only a hunger for success.
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