Boston blasts Cleveland 120-88 in a contest some predict will be the King’s last home game as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. LBJ puts in a pedestrian 15 points and doesn’t score a field goal until the middle of the third quarter. The point total is his 4th fewest playoff output ever. This was not the greatest of the LeBron’s nights, but we must keep the conversation sane and understand credit goes to where credit belongs, and that’s to the heart of a Boston champion. A 2008 champion stewing and scratching and clawing for respect in a Cleveland/Orlando driven Eastern Conference. After all, did they really fall off that far? Black Pharaoh (KG) wasn’t having the young next and his close knit fam take it to his prideful squad without a street fight. You know they are still sick LeBron kicked them with 46. Last night was simply their measure for the get back respect so earned by those who have found comfort and also hunger in the pinnacle.
The Throne. It’s been given to him prematurely because his nickname is the King. He must ascend to its redeemable profit by settling this once and for all.
Is there too much pressure with reasonable expectation to win in a year Cleveland is the hunter?
Now the Cavaliers are the hunted.
If LeBron wants a ring, he has to step up do his job and make sure his teammates follow the example he’s set the second he stepped into the league.
This is up to him. Take the loss in stride and pick your weight up because you LeBron James know what you want…
6 Mike’s we all like. 4 Kobes he wants to see. Larrys and Magics and Pippens and such to go along with statistical Oscars but in his teammates he shall forever trust.
It’s worked up to now. His team loyalty is admirable but his mates need to step up. In this day and age, a loss to the Celtics might get Mike Brown fired despite a great job dividing team minutes this season.
This ain’t Mike Brown’s fault. This could be about the loss of John Kuester. He was their offensive coordinator. He helped them score seamlessly and now there is inconsistency. He was a key cog and now he’s coaching their rival.
Trades by Danny Ferry? How can you blame Dan Gilbert for wanting his team to get to the next level?
It’s human nature to access blame but no one is perfect and if Cleveland wants to win it all, it has to get past a difficult period.
LeBron must be who he is.
LeBron and the Cavs have lost to superior teams throughout his short playoff career. Scrutiny shall abound, but until he reaches the diamond hatted love joy in the name of a Cleveland parade his career will be criticized as incomplete.
1964 was the last…
He knows he cannot avoid Oscar’s one ringed, gray bearded shadow. Oscar had to go Milwaukee past his prime to get his chip in one of the most polarizing transactions in the history of sports.
LeBron’s birthright is the Craig Ehlo get back. Mike stole his future glory before he was a thought…real or imagined…and he wants it back:
What does one game mean in a legacy nowhere near its prime?
If Cleveland wins Game 6 don’t they regain control of the series?
Why did the Quicken Loans Arena suddenly transform into the Wachovia Center Philly crowd where embarrassing decibels of boos rained down on their beloved Cavs like obnoxious car next to you in traffic bass?
Are you giving up?
Cleveland what are entitled to?
The last time you won something your Father was your age.
You have a 2 time MVP and the only other in your town was Jim Brown.
LBJ is your only hope of winning and that’s your sendoff if he actually decides to leave your city?
Aren’t you better than this Cleveland? When I was out there, the relaxation I experienced was directly attributed to the way your town treated your Cavs.
Who else is gonna come to Cleveland and give your Cavs a chance to win a championship?
I know you are disappointed…but…you ain’t Philly so don’t act like it.
LeBron himself will say he sucked. His game was as if he played in a dense fog with no light house in sight for miles even as the fog horn was deafening.
Up close… noise was personal.
Was there a lesson to be learned as the boos broke every inch of glass in his Snow White knighted mirror?
Does he do too much off the court? Is he totally focused on winning a championship? Does he know what it takes to get that June shine?
Out there for three weeks in February/March I sure thought so. The locker room was loose. Antawn Jamison was introduced.
Lots of Lovin’. Everything was flowing.
Cleveland strolls into the playoffs as the prohibitive favorite and despite a match up with Boston in the Eastern Conference Semis, most thought the series wouldn’t go past six.
The Celtics have outplayed the Cavs in every aspect and lead 3-2. Every player it seems is contributing to what is a shock for most.
In probably the biggest game of his career LeBron shoots 3-14 and settled for jumpers attempted without inspiration. 2 chances at the line in the second half…nothing to the basket?
Obituaries are being written and spoken all over the place.
Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce punched LeBron in the face.
Boston is healthy and is the strongest team mentally left competing. This is where seasoned veterans shine and Boston has done it before. This is how true NBA basketball is played. Nothing is given to you. Everything should be earned.
Is the series over? From what I see, there are two games left but a 32 point loss…the worst ever at home for Cleveland…is unacceptable…but again, it happens.
LeBron James has as much pressure as Tiger Woods to win every second he’s on the floor. New York questions in his sleep to Jay-Z beats.
Those who seem to think he’s publicly flirting with New York have to understand he shut all that down earlier in the season when he stated he would no longer comment on his pending free agent status.
Like Kobe, if LeBron James doesn’t win six rings and especially one in the same NBA year Mike won his, LeBron’s career then becomes less than…what?
He’s still a beast if Cleveland loses to the Celtics.
Does LeBron James have a true Scottie Pippen? Does he have Kobe’s Shaq or Tim Duncan’s team defensive attack?
Isn’t he basically doing this alone? The Celtics have a better supporting cast. Period. Take Boston, throw LeBron James in the mix and the C’s win the championship going away.
Mo Williams has to step up. Antawn Jamison has to deal with the pressure to perform outside of Chocolate City. Shaq has to do what he does while he’s on the floor. Parker, Hickson, Gibson and the rest of the bench has to get out there when their names are called and put in work with no excuses provided because of their lack of playing time.
Mike Brown and his staff has to pull it all together for Game 6. Everything is great there down to the PR staff but it’s time for the iron fist to fly in all directions.
Dude can’t do it alone and even if the Cavs get past the Celtics, Orlando looms.
People have given up on Cleveland this early. What? How?
LeBron knows his place in history and mos def has serious pride. He knows the story of Oscar Robertson and the many others who had to chase a chance just to be down with Larry O’Brien.
He is not Michael Jordan yet and even Kobe had to get to a place where he was totally comfortable in his skin to win his after Shaq left.
Members of the Cavaliers: get in the film room. Live and die basketball until it’s all over. Do whatever you have to do to make this happen. This is the greatest season your franchise has ever had. Prove something with the shoulder chips that now line ever inch of your fiber.
Fans, do not give up. Seriously that’s for the lesser folk. Support to the end. This is an important time in your young star’s career. It’s possible he pulls this out with your support.
In sports, teams win, not individuals. For those who stupidly disagree, name one professional team where a singular factor was totally the reason his team was the last one smiling.
As far as that individual?
Yes, he’s confident. Yes, he’s complex. Yes, he’s guarded. Yes, he is great.
There’s more to it Cleveland. You’re son had a bad game. I don’t have any answers why. Your only hope is for your Cavs to come out and throw the hamma down.
It’s all about the game and damn right LeBron’s Game 5 performance was lame.
That’s for him to explain or go back through the historical window from which he came.
Cleveland in 7.