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27 April 2018, 12:33 | Kristine Mills

Jalen Rose examines whether Le Bron James is suffering from fatigue late in games

Jalen Rose examines whether Le Bron James is suffering from fatigue late in games

Moments before James beat them with a game-winning, step-back 3-pointer at the buzzer, the Pacers were poised to take the lead in Game 5 on Victor Oladipo's driving layup. It looked a lot like a similar shot that broke a lot of Cleveland fans' hearts almost 30 years ago - Michael Jordan's first-round playoff series-winning jump shot for Chicago against Craig Ehlo and Cleveland in the 1989 playoffs.

LeBron James proved his mega-star status tonight with back-to-back incredible plays to save the game.

Making James' game-winner even more remarkable was the fact the Pacers had a foul to give, but Young didn't attempt to do so, in part because he had five personals and in part because James may have been able to get into the act of shooting. They almost pulled out Game 3 and survived Game 4, when someone other than James (Kyle Korver) finally made some buckets down the stretch. The three-time champion led all scorers in Wednesday night's game, racking up 44 points on 14-of-24 shooting from the field (1-of-4 from beyond the arc), 10 rebounds, eight assists, one block, and one steal - all while remaining ideal at the free-throw line (15-of-15).

"James said that following his last game against Wade he told him, "'If it's like our last time going against each other, then it's been everything and more".

Or, you know, it could be argued that even after being slapped by Young, the ball was last touched by James as it popped out of his hand. Whether it's the inexperience, he-who-must-not-be-named in the #23, or the moment in general, the Pacers have had trouble consistently executing for a quarter at a time since Game 1, and despite some nice offensive play, the Pacers went into the second quarter only up two points.

It's been a long time since we've seen James in this position.

The Pacers lost Game 4, 104-100. James made several early hoops on vicious drives, getting around the corner repeatedly and beating any help to the rim.

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There are a ton of things IN could have done differently IN those final seconds, from doubling James to guarding the inbounder, but fouling intentionally to burn just a smidgen of time off the clock and force another inbounds play wasn't a great percentage move considering who had the ball and how little time was on the clock.

Expect to hear plenty of rumors surrounding James as the offseason gets underway.

James made basket after basket in the paint, racking up nine of them from within three feet by halftime.

It made up for a shaky effort from the supporting cast. This was crucial, given Kevin Love's abysmal 2-of-11 shooting (just 1 three), and JR Smith, the usual three point barnburner, being held to a grand total of 0 points off 8 shots.

The Cavs built huge first-half leads at IN in games 3 and 4 and blew them both.

But having James is some difference-maker. "It's a chess game throughout four quarters with their coaching staff and our coaching staff and their players and our players".

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