LeBron James' Game 5 report card
How he played, and what he needs to change for the Heat to win the Finals
In the game LeBron James called the biggest game of his life going into it, a 112-103 Game 5 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, LBJ recorded his seventh career playoff triple-double. He knew ahead of time that he had to be more aggressive, impose his will and dominate. Sure, he had a triple-double, but how well did James really play? Here's our report card on James' Game 5 performance, with areas in which he'll need to improve to win Miami a title:
I'm giving James two grades in this category because the first three quarters were vastly different from the all-important fourth quarter. Things started out well enough, as James was highly aggressive offensively (though mostly as a facilitator). On the first six Miami possessions, he found teammates in scoring position four times, which led to two early assists.
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