Magical Effort From James
The other team in Florida might be named the Magic and the former NBA great and current analyst might be called Magic, but what Lebron James did last night in Boston was pure Magic. With 45 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists in Miami’s crucial 98-79 romp of Boston, Lebron put himself in the record books as one of the only two players in playoff history to boast those types of numbers. The other man was a guy called Wilt Chamberlain…have you heard of him? At halftime, with a 13 point lead over Boston, Lebron told ESPN reporter Doris Burke that he did not plan on coming out of this game at all. James shot 19 of 26 from the field and finished four points shy of his playoff career-high, while only sitting for the final 3 minutes of the game because it was long over.
I know I rag on Lebron a lot, along with the rest of the world, but James set that shit up for himself. He played with America’s minds and decided to go to a powerhouse stacked team rather than have a franchise built around him. Regardless of if you like him in Miami or not, his decision was cowardly. When I rip Lebron on the regular, it is usually about his lack of finishing out the fourth quarter strong. Now James might have done the majority of his scoring and stat building in the first 3 quarters, but to me that was a great strategy. He didn’t give himself a chance to blow it in the final minutes. James was smart enough to completely take over the game for the first 3 quarters so he wouldn’t have to worry about closing crunch time minutes. All jokes aside, Lebron put on one of the most dominant playoff game performances I have ever seen…and it made me sick. Saturday night in Miami should be a good one for the fans.
It must be tough on the Boston faithful to see their Celtics lose on their home court like this. Even their mayor seems to really be supporting their team and star players “KJ” and “Hondo,” as he has with other Boston sports teams. Take a look:
“KG” and “Rajon Rondo” were not Boston’s problem last night. I would have to take credit for yet another curse I inflicted on a player. Paul “The Truth” Pierce had his worst game in the 2012 playoffs with a pathetic 4-18 shooting and a minimal 9 points. The aging Celtics finally showed their age last night as they looked sluggish up and down the court while James absolutely took advantage of their spotty play all night. I rarely, if ever, pray for anything Boston but I would love to see them put up a good fight Saturday in Miami. Here are the highlights from last night’s game: