Tuesday, March 4, 2014

LeBron James 61 Point Performance

MIAMI -- Best player. Best game of his career.
LeBron James clearly isn't ready to concede his MVP award to anyone yet.
Dazzling from inside and out, James put on the best scoring show of his NBA life Monday night, pouring in 61 points -- a career high and franchise record -- as the Miami Heat beat the Charlotte Bobcats 124-107. It was the eighth straight win for the two-time defending champions, who are starting to roll as the playoffs get near.
James made 22 of 33 shots from the field, including his first eight 3-point attempts.
This was an incredible game from Lebron James. He showed every aspect of his game from getting to the bucket, shooting the three, and his midrange game. 
But mainstream media is blowing this one out of proportion…. again. He scores 61 points and it is like he is instantly crowned the MVP. 
I mean SportsCenter's top 10 plays (the only reason I watch the show) were dedicated to LeBron James' top 10 50 point games. To understand my upset here… LeBron James has exactly 10 50+ point games. 10! It was a top 10 for all the times that LeBron has scored 50 points or more. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? 
To put things in perspective even further, for the entire 1961-1962 season, Wilt Chamberlain averaged 50.4 points per game and 25.7 rebounds per game. Wilt rarely ever got to turn on the TV the next day and see people rave over how amazing he played. For his efforts in the 1961-1962 season, Wilt was NOT crowned the MVP. LeBron James is averaging 27.5 points per game and 7.0 rebounds per game, but a 61 point performance is what is going to put him over the top for MVP voting half-way through the season? 
For now LeBron James' 61 point performance is nothing short of spectacular, but I don't want to see this be the reason why he wins the MVP. At this point, I believe he is second behind Kevin Durant, and in my opinion, the award is Durant's to lose. 

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