Bravely Done wrote: CJ_18 wrote:
ThatIshCray wrote:Did those players have a history of continously failing in the playoffs, most specifically the finals too? Or are they known to be generally deadly in the clutch like Durant and Wade to some extent.
LeBron has performances in the 1st round, 2nd round, and Eastern Conference finals that Kevin Durant right now can only dream of having. Because as of April 1, 2012, Durant has never come close to accomplishing anything in the playoffs that comes close to what LeBron James has. Last season, Durant and his team got blown away 4-1 in the western conference finals. When LeBron James was that age, he took his to the NBA finals with 1/4 of the talent Durant had. End of story.
LeBron's 4 games in last year's final where he had little scoring production in the 4th quarter is the only reason people who are un-educated give him the rep of 'failing in the playoffs.' Go back, watch his playoff performances from his entire career. Durant has never had a playoff clutch performance that comes anywhere close to what LeBron James has done time and time again. Like Doctor MJ said, when Durant shows he can outperform LeBron when it matters in the playoffs, then you have a case. Because to this day LeBron's playoff resume is 10x more impressive.
Also I don't give a **** about reg season MVPs because they don't mean anything. That's not what I'm talking about.
And despite all his supposed playoff success, he has the same amount rings as Durant does while playing in a weaker conference.
Despite his statistical dominance his team Is struggling, being blown out, and hasn't won a game of note in over a month. In addition, he continues struggling in clutch situations and has been relegated to his teams second option during such moments. All this while being title favorites and hyped as the next great dynasty.
Lol at "supposed playoff success", as if this is something in the realm of doubt that can be brushed aside. LeBron performed better in similar stages whether or not you choose to admit it. Way to selectively wipe out all playoff performances because they don't favor Durant on the basis of neither of them having rings.
"His team is struggling". Yes, the Heat somewhat are but the entire season matters and they are 2.5 games behind the Thunder. LeBron also carried the Heat flawlessly with Wade sitting out or playing hurt.
"Struggling in clutch situations". I haven't seen any stats on that this year, but one could also argue James is always been able to create for himself in the 4th quarter. Durant has been clutch but still can't create for himself.
"Despite his statistical dominance"... On that point I agree, he has clearly better production than Durant. He's a better player. Given that and minor difference in team success I would give LeBron the MVP.