We all know JR Smith's debacle in Game 1 costed the Cavs a game, and emotions run high. Leadership is need by the team's leaders in order to keep the team together, especially after a situation like JR Smith blowing the game. Let's see LeBron display that leadership to inspire his teammates, or even talk to JR about what occured.
Nothing. At. All. LeBron James asks if they have a timeout. When Lue told him yes, hands to the face, LeBron is reluctant to put his hand to the huddle, obvious sign of defeat. Jeff Green talks with LeBron for a bit, probably to console him. All that time, JR sits with himself, in agony.
Here's an interpretation of the events by Colin Cowherd of all people.
He's not a better leader. Didn't know that one of the lestans would admit this, let alone think Cowherd would lay this down. His teammates are scared of him. That was a meltdown.
Lebron, after 51 pts,
JR Smith was 3-10 in the game.
In Game 1 post interview, left podium after a media member "pushed" him in too far, and left like a butthurt teenager who hides his anger to express it afterwards.
JR still runs cold, 2-9
In an interview before Game 3, LeBron makes a comment regarding how he doesn't care how he gets criticized, and passive aggresively states about "how much more picking up [his] teammates" does he need to do?
Now, let's take a look at MJ's first Final appearance in 1991.
As the team's first time playing in the big lights, the nerves have taken hold of the Bulls. The Lakers had the lead, and even though there was an MJ comeback, the Lakers took Game 1. John Paxson went 2-9.
In Game 2, the Bulls picked up as a team. MJ played point guard. Although MJ struggled to shoot intially, Grant was good. MJ would eventually got out of his shooting struggle to shoot and make 13 consecutive shots afterwards. When he was in foul trouble, the team still led effectively without him shooting 13 for 20 because they run an actual system not dependent on him. When he got back, he led the Bulls to an 11-0 run to victory. John Paxson was 8-8.
In the post interview, MJ said that he play point guard to get everyone involved, and also when asked a question on Paxson not missing a shot in Game 2 after Game 1's slump Michael Jordan said to him, "If we are going down, we are going to go down with no bullets in our holsters. You got to keep shooting. You are gonna get it going. We realize that everyone was nervous first game but the shots are there for you, you gotta make Magic work."
Professional, and exceptionally so. People say LeBron has no help. I disagree, he has help, they are just not utilized enough because of the Lebron System they play. No one takes note of how LeBron's teammates made their shots against the Raptors, but everyone credits how James "made pinpoint passes." No one credited how Thompson going on Al Horford starting in Game 3 to minimize his impact or Lue's strategy to make Rozier guard LeBron changed the game, but everyone credits LeBron for his "epic" elimination game. No one says that Jeff Green stepped up despite Love's absence or Thompson making all of his shots, they just focus on the players who didn't play well and say LeBron succeeded despite of them.
All of this goes into my overall discussion as to why the Over Reliance of Lebron is Overrated.