Thursday, January 31

That was ridiculous

Seriously, LeBron last night.

The Cavs looked a bit sluggish against Portland in the Rose Garden, not executing especially well on offense (LeBron "leading" the team with just 4 assists attests to that) and allowing Portland's shooters enough looks to maintain their advantage. With 4:03 left, trailing by 11, already missing two key players, with LeBron on a twisted ankle, and in a building where the home club boasted an 18-4 mark, I thought we might look ahead to finishing the road trip at 2-1 with a win in Seattle the following night.

Then, with the score 70-81 in favor of the Blazers, this happened (note that LeBron had already scored the Cavs' previous 6 points):

4:03 LeBron James makes 24-foot three point jumper (73-81)
3:44 Steve Blake misses 24-foot three point jumper
3:30 Drew Gooden makes 9-foot two point shot (75-81)
3:09 Brandon Roy misses 19-foot jumper
2:58 LeBron James makes 25-foot three point jumper (78-81)
2:40 Zydrunas Ilgauskas blocks Steve Blake's 5-foot running jumper
2:26 LeBron James makes 24-foot three point jumper (81-81)

There it is, an 11-point lead gone in just over 1:30. After some action takes the game to 4.9 seconds with Portland holding a one-point edge, we get this:

0:00 LeBron James makes two point shot (84-83)
0:00 Steve Blake bad pass (LeBron James steals)
0:00 End of the 4th Quarter

Two things I enjoyed about this sequence other than that they sealed a win for Los Caballeros:
1) LeBron went up and caught Blake's in-bound pass like he was playing a game of "up for grabs" or something.
2) The girl doing the postgame interview with LeBron asked him why it was so easy to get the final shot, a driving layup where he had to beat about three defenders by himself. LeBron sort of laughed and said "Well, it wasn't that easy." Indeed not.

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