Apr 23, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (right) looks over at Charlotte Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts (11) in game two during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Josh McRoberts Isn't a Playoff Villain, But is Good Practice

The Miami Heat will likely do away with the Charlotte Bobcats this week when they complete the series sweep everyone saw coming. But something not a lot of people saw coming was that flying elbow that Josh McRoberts threw to the throat of LeBron James in Game 2 and it seems we haven’t been able to stop talking about it since.

From the Heat not being satisfied about the extent of the punishment to the Bobcats showing McRoberts in a tribute video for his ability to ‘defend the rim’, it appears that the Bobcats big man is a playoff villain.

Ira Winderman from the Sun-Sentinel doesn’t agree but does note that McRoberts is good practice for potential future playoff villain matchups with Taj Gibson, Kevin Garnett and others.

And at least with McRoberts, you get the cushioning impact of his beard. When it comes to Josh McRoberts, he doesn’t even rate a place on the list of playoff villains.

Basically, for McRoberts to be a villain the Bobcats would need have a fighting chance to win the series which simply isn’t the case. McRoberts didn’t win over any new fans with his elbow to LeBron — or maybe he did — but to call him a playoff villain is to give him way more credit than he deserves.


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