The Three G’s took over last night’s Game 4 between the Cavs and Pistons. Gooden, Gibson and God. OK, well not God but the basketball God of ,, I just needed another ‘G’ to make this work. How great was that game to watch?
Being at the game, my first postseason game, was an amazing thrill. I
watched first hand as Daniel Gibson become a man, Gooden looked at his
hands after big shots and LeBron put them all on his shoulders and maybe, finally, learned on to finish off big games.
After two games of cricism from everyone with a mouth, LeBron has
responded the possible way; winning two games, evening the series, and
taking over the fourth quarter while making big shots down the stretch. It was an absolute thing of beauty, except the third quarter, which they better improve on for Game 5.
Two plays stand out in my mind. There probably would be more but being
at the game and screaming for three hours has my head not thinking right.
The first was Gibson play in the third quarter. When no one else wanted to do anything he stepped up. The play of the quarter was Gibson driving to the basket, getting fouled, then getting close-lined and cheap-shotted on by Chris Webber. What does Boobie do? He doesn’t retaliant, he smiles, laughs it off and calmly steps up and hits three free throws in a row. Gibson, known for his outside shooting, showed what happens when you take the ball hard to the hole. You go to the line and if you name is Boobie, you hit 12 for 12 while you’re there. Gibson played much bigger than his 6’2” 190 (a generous listing). The question with Hughes not avaliable was would Gibson became a man or flounder under the pressure. Safe to say he was a man last night.
The second, of course, was done by LeBron. His two free throws to ice the game with 4 seconds left was fantastic. I’m not always the most confident guy when LeBron steps up to the line but last night you just knew he was making them. If there was any doubt, it was earsed when Hip tried to talk to LeBron, a la LeBron to Gilbert Aneras in last year’s playoffs. LeBron just pushed him away, and won the game. No way was he missing after he pushed Hip away.
The 3-G’s. And in a Z, a little D by Sasha, mix in some H by Andy and you got yourself a winning combo. Keep it up and Game 6 could be the first series clinching win in Cleveland. GO CAVS!