Monday night's game at American Airlines Arena will mark the fourth Game 7 in the career of LeBron James. What better time to look back at how the reigning NBA MVP has performed under the intense spotlight in do-or-die scenarios?
Monday night's game at American Airlines Arena will mark the fourth Game
7 in the career of LeBron James.
What better time to look back at how
the reigning NBA MVP has performed under the intense spotlight in
Game 7: Eastern Conference semifinals May 21, 2006 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Detroit Pistons
LeBron's first Game 7 would be unsuccessful, but the next season when
his Cavs faced the Pistons, he helped dispatch them in six games,
partially because of his big Game 5 performance. Game 7: Eastern Conference semifinals May 18, 2008 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics
Another Herculean effort for naught, as LBJ put up nearly half of Cleveland's points. Like it was with the Pistons, James would get his revenge against the team that ousted him in Game 7, but it took a change of teams and four years before it would happen.
Game 7: Eastern Conference finals June 9, 2012 Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat
Finally, success in Game 7. The Heat were up 2-0 in the series before dropping the next three, adding much more suspense than there ought to have been. But LeBron poured in 45 points in a must-win Game 6 in Boston, and followed that up with a big Game 7 performance to put his team in the Finals for the second straight year. LeBron and the Heat would go on to beat Oklahoma City in the Finals for his first title with the Heat.
What are your predictions for Monday's game? Will LeBron get up to a 2-2 record, or will the Pacers hand him another Game 7 disappointment?
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