SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) – LeBron James missed two free throws that would have put the Miami Heat ahead in the closing minute of Tuesday night’s playoff game loss to the Pacers. Does the league MVP have a problem finishing in big games?John Madden doesn’t think so.

“Who was just the MVP in the league? There has to be something there,” Madden told the KCBS morning crew. “We know that no one’s perfect.”

Madden said there is more criticism and higher expectations for a big-money team like Miami.

“I don’t know that anyone is rooting for that to work, when guys can put together an all star team and buy a championship…. Down deep I think you root against that… You kind of say, well, not so fast.”

Pro Bowl wide receiver Wes Welker signed a $9.5 million contract with the Patriots for the upcoming season. Madden said Welker has exceeded all expectations.

“He’s one of those guys that — forgetting size and knowing how to separate and all that stuff — he just knows how to play football. He’s very, very good at it. They play him in that slot and the minute you want to go somewhere else and look at something else, he’s going to eat you up there in the middle.” (7:00)

Listen to the John Madden segment live weekday mornings at 8:15 on KCBS All News 740 AM/106.9 FM.

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