Of course he dominated, he's LeBron!
We’re going to be rather short and sweet today, not much to say about last night’s inevitable outcome, actually.
And since Stumpy and I were in a bistro checking out the action, I must admit I didn’t watch all that closely all the time. Saw enough, but not with the usual eagle-eye.
But tonight will be different, of course. I’ll be ensconced in Casa Doug with the machine turned on and a few of my little friends gathered wherever they gather. Come by about 9, it’s a hoot.
On with the show:
About last night
|Lebron had that look in his eyes again last night.|
You knew that was going to happen, right?
No way LeBron wasn’t going to pull out one of his LeBron acts, to dominate with scoring and passing and rebounding.
The triple double was impressive – 37 points, 12 assists, 14 rebounds – but here’s a part of it that might not have been given the prominence it should.
In one stretch from the third to the fourth quarters, James scored or dished assists on 32 straight Cleveland points. Thirty-two straight! That’s rather incredible, no?
It was reminiscent of that Game 5 in Detroit a year ago when he had, what, 25 points in a row.
But it’s what the Cavs did to spring him that caught my eye.
Taking a page directly from the Orlando playbook – and that’s a pretty good testament to Stan Van Gundy, isn’t it? – they put him at the top in the middle, ran a high screen-and-roll, put shooters in the corners and let him go to work.
It’s pretty much the same play Orlando runs with Hedo Turkoglu with one notable exception.
Orlando lets Howard roll down the lane every now and then to take a pass and either dunk or kick the ball to a corner; Cleveland leaves the lane wide open so LeBron, if he likes, can get a head of steam, attack the basket and wait for the whistle to blow on the inevitable foul.
Speaking of …
They played an entire game with just one technical foul, on seldom-used Wally Szczerbiak, no less?
Talk about being on good behaviour.
It was pretty nice to see, wasn’t it?
So, if you’re Orlando …
Do you feel good that you came back from 22 down and made a game of it?
Or do you feel bad that you came back from 22 down and then frittered the comeback away?
I imagine they feel pretty good; but I also imagine they feel an inordinate amount of pressure to close it out at home tomorrow. No way in the world do they want anything to do with a Game 7 back in Cleveland.
Brian’sgame story here touches on it a bit and it’ll be the topic of conversation all day today down there.
One thing to remember, though. In that Boston series, and even in the Philly series for the game that Howard had to sit out, they’ve responded to the pressure-packed situations well.
I would imagine that’s the point Stan’s going to be hammering home today.
Mo Williams made an appearance last night and when he got 20 points it was the first time any Cavalier not named LeBron James reached that level in any game of this series.
And you wonder why Orlando is ahead?
Where’d you go?
Rafer Alston, 1-10.
So the Cavs are 1-1 when they dare him to shoot.
Can’t imagine they’ll change that strategy tomorrow.
You know this news won’t sit well with me.
Okay, I rarely mock the pucks, right?
Well, they deserve it for this one.
It was brought to my attention that the Stanley Cup final opens with games – get this! – Saturday and Sunday.
What? They couldn’t do a day-night twinbill on Saturday?
That scheduling, my friends, is utterly ridiculous.
Who do you like? Personally, I see Denver winning, they play great at home, I am still not convinced the Lakers have what it takes to win a big game away from the Staples Center in these circumstances and I would imagine the Nuggets will be all physical and nasty in the paint, where they were scorched the other night.
Of course, I’ve been way wrong before and maybe I just want a Game 7 Sunday because I love Game 7s (and because I picked Denver to win).
And, of course, the main topic of conversation is who can work the officials the best, as this story details.
If you care, the mighty Yankees of the Mississauga North Baseball Association peewee house league (sort of like the house league version of the ’27 Yanks, I believe) were rained out last night, stalling their inexorable run to a 2-0 record.