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NBA Playoffs 2012: LeBron James Should Not Be Blamed for Miami Heat's Loss

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 03:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat looks on after he fouled out of the game in overtime against the Boston Celtics in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on June 3, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Nick AmbolinoContributor IIIJune 4, 2012

Despite another MVP performance from LeBron James—a performance that included 29 points, six rebounds and three assists—it wasn't enough to silence the Miami Heat's critics following Sunday's not-so-close loss to the Boston Celtics.

LeBron James sank a 25-foot three-pointer that sent a blowout of a game into overtime. He also made the correct basketball play, as he dished an admittedly askew bounce pass to Udonis Haslem, and he did not miss the open three-pointer that would have stolen the game from Boston—in overtime no less.

And the haters still hate.

LeBron didn't assume the role of "architect" of the putrid, final-possession play call and lineup assembled by head coach Eric Spoelstra. 

As the coach of the Miami Heat, an organization that employs James and Dwyane Wade—each with their own respective offensive prowess—Spoelstra should not have designed a play in which Mario Chalmers runs to LeBron (the ball-handler). That naturally attracts extra defenders, forcing the best player in the league to pass up a potential game-winning shot.

Also in the lineup at that time? Wade, Haslem and Shane Battier.

Where are your best trey-ball shooters?!

Where's James Jones, a 40 percent three-point shooter on the season? Where's Mike Miller, a 41 percent three-point gunslinger in this postseason alone?! 

Spoelstra should not have even sent Haslem to the floor.

When you have the best player in the league (period) on the roster and on the court, let him do work! Coach Spoelstra should have ran an isolation play to let the self-proclaimed "King" take a defender (in this case, Mickael Pietrus) one-on-one. 

This never-ending hate towards the MVP sort of has a Lindsay Lohan feel to it.

"Oh, look at how promising he was when he was younger. He was so good! If everyone would just lay off of him, maybe he could get his act together. All of this attention is getting to his head. He has so much potential!"

Right? Even his hair took a turn for the worst like Lindsay's. Charles Barkley even referenced his head fuzz. Whatever Chuck says goes, right?

Alright, that tangent on Lohan was nonsense, but the point is made nonetheless. LeBron still takes the unnecessary heat from this Game 4 loss...

(I'll be here all week.)

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