“I spoil a lot of people with my play,” James said after shooting 3-for-14. “When you have a bad game here or there, you’ve had three bad games in a seven-year career, then it’s easy to point that out.”
-LeBron James, commenting after his disappointing performance against Boston in Game 5.
Reaction to LeBron’s surprisingly-arrogant comments about his abysmal Game 5 varied. The LeBron sycophants agreed, while others wondered what LeBron did to earn the right to be so arrogant. To the “haters,” at least from what I see, LeBron might want to win something of significance — outside of the regular season — before he acts so dismissively. Granted, if James comes out tonight and leads his Cavaliers to a Game 7, all of the post-Game 5 hot air will be pushed to the side.
Nevertheless, I take issue with LeBron’s “three bad games in a seven-year career” response because, well, it’s wrong and fairly disingenuous. With that in mind, I did a little bit of research (A blogger doing research? Perish the thought.) at Basketball-Reference.com and found out James might want to recount his bad game totals, or perhaps redefine what a “bad game” is; at least in his eyes. For me, the criteria is as follows: the Cavaliers lose, LeBron shoots under 43% (his career average is 47%) and more than two turnovers.
Unfortunately, the only thing lacking from my quick glance at some of his seasons-past stats is whether or not James “tried,” something he was accused of not doing against Boston. For a starting point, I began with the 2007-08 season, which followed the Cavaliers getting swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals.