LeBron James Drops One Of The Best Performances Of His Career

By: 06.07.12
Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce, Dime #5

Boston was making all sorts of crazy plays to try to get back into the game in the third quarter, but Miami responded every time. With a little over two minutes to go in the frame, James pulled up and canned yet another three to push it back to a dozen. We were just waiting for him to pause at midcourt, pick up a random spear, hoist it into the crowd, raise his hands and start screaming “ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!” At the end of the third, he had 41 points, the most anyone has scored in three quarters in a playoff game since Allen Iverson in 2001 (who turned 37 years old yesterday, by the way, and somehow still dresses like he’s 17) … In the fourth quarter, the lead was pushed to 18 as Wade finally withdrew from his funk by making a couple of shots in a row – including a nice reverse – and hitting Shane Battier for a triple … We kept waiting and waiting for the Celtics to make a run, and then all of a sudden we looked up and Ryan Hollins was checking in with seven minutes to go. Game over … Where was Paul Pierce (4-for-18, nine points) all night? Between getting bamboozled by LeBron in the first half and then having to sit out with foul trouble, we would’ve given him a free pass for taking on a storm head first. But then he came out in the second half and was still shooting like he was the one-armed assassin in The Fugitive. Basically, the only good thing he did all night was drop Battier onto his ass on a little hesitation dribble. Of course, he immediately followed it with a miss … Yesterday represented the first day of the Chicago combine, which is otherwise known, as Dion Waiters basically told us, “The Combine where they test you doing all sorts of stupid, pointless s$%^,” and here are some observations: European Player Tomas Santoransky got absolutely lit up on defense in the one-on-one. He couldn’t stay with any of the guards … Tony Wroten shot terribly in the shooting drills. Even though we already knew he shot something like 19 percent from three-point range, he was especially atrocious. Wide open shots, no contest, and he couldn’t hit a lick … Meanwhile, John Jenkins essentially made every three-point shot. Not that that’s a surprise … And Doron Lamb looked good, especially defensively in one-on-one drills … And before we finish Smack for the day, we just needed to show love for that first half again, because for real, it was outrageous. Dude had 30 points in one half on the road against the No. 1 defense in the NBA in the Eastern Conference Finals with his teammates playing like garbage. And he missed only two shots, and they were facing elimination … We’re out like LeBron’s Boston demons.

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