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LeBron James and his historic postseason run

June 27, 2012

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The numbers you put up in the playoffs can define you as a player for your entire career. When people look back and reflect on a players career it all boils down to the postseason, most importantly the ring count and the numbers you put up on the quest to those rings, or ring in LeBron’s case now.

LeBron James 2011-12 postseason run was so historic that we saw numbers that have never been put up in the Modern Era. In the first round against a wounded Knicks team LeBron guarded one of the most explosive offensive players in the game in Carmelo Anthony, and still managed to get it done on both ends of the court. Averaging numbers very similar to the regular season in which he claimed his 3rd MVP crown. 27.8 Points per game, 6.2 Rebounds per game, and 5.6 Assists per game. Claiming the first round series in a quick 5 games leaving the Knicks questioning the Anthony-Stoudemaire duo.

The following series was a true defining moment of how a player can right his path in the postseason. Being down 2-1 and playing on the road against a very capable Indiana Pacers team LeBron James did something we haven’t seen since Wilt Chamberlain was in the league. His 40 point, 18 rebound, and 9 assists performance was one of the most historic playoff performances ever. Claiming Game 4 LeBron and his Miami Heat were able to advance to the Conference Finals in Game 6 wipping out a depleted Pacers team. In this series LeBron went on to average 30 points per game, 10.8 rebounds per game, and 6.2 rebounds per game.

The Conference Finals, a placer where you can fall short of your season goal or advance one step closer to the coveted NBA championship. LeBron James definitely showed he was ready to take the next step in his career and define himself as a champion. Down in the series for the second time in a row we saw a new LeBron James in Game 6 in Boston. The LeBron we saw was angry, determined, and not going to be stopped. Scoring 45 points on 19-27 shooting we saw the LeBron we have been waiting to see in a big game. Not only was his scoring prolific he also managed to pull down 15 rebounds and 5 assists against a proven veteran playoff team. After claiming a tough Game 6 victory the Miami Heat returned to American Airlines Arena to claim the series in 7 and advance one step closer to their season goal.

Coming into the finals as the underdog and doubted in the big game LeBron James had a chip on his shoulder and was ready to prove to everyone that he was ready to take the next step in the game. After a Game 1 loss in which the Thunder made a run in the second half to beat a Heat team coming off a very tiring 7 game series. Learning what they need to change the Miami Heat returned Game 2 with new matchups and a new game plan. Go inside to LeBron James. After claiming game 2 the Heat returned home for their 3 home games in the series hoping to not return to OKC. Claiming the next three games in championship fashion the Miami Heat and LeBron James went on to claim the title LeBron James averaging 28.6 points per game, 9.7 rebounds per game, and 7.4 assists per game.

This postseason run ended in great fashion with LeBron James able to claim his self proclaimed nickname “King James” after capturing the title in 5 games. Averaging 30.3 points per game, 9.7 rebounds per game, and 5.6 assists. Now ready for the next challenege and that is to repeat, something that is one of the most difficult accomplishments in pro sports.

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