Mine God, is there anything LeBron James can’t do. He’s… he’s… I don’t even know what he is. Every word from amazing to great to incredible to unbelievable has been used to describe him and that still doesn’t even come close. He, again, basically single handily won another game for the Cavs last night. This time scoring 17 fourth quarter points with a soar ankle and a bruised hand. (On the soar ankle issue, I hate Jon Berry, who was doing the color for ESPN. He thought it was a bad sign for Cavs fans that LeBron went to the locker room with 23 seconds left. Why? The Cavs were on defense and there would be no reason for him to be out there when he can get back to the locker room, get his ankle looked and taped up and be ready for the second half. Then Berry wouldn’t let the ankle thing go away. He kept saying lines like “You can tell LeBron is bothered by that ankle,” and after taking two jumpers to start the half, “I think this is the type of game we’ll see from LeBron now, settling for outside jumpers. He doesn’t to drive and test that ankle,” or “I hate to keep saying it but that ankle is really bothering LeBron.” Jon Berry, you sir are an idiot. Let the ankle thing go. It really bothered him as he took over the fourth quarter. You were so bad I had to switch the game to FSN and listen to Austin Carr, who was so gitty over a foul call on the Blazers in fourth quarter I thought he was going to wet himself. Wow, sorry about that. I didn’t know how much Berry bothered me until I put all my thoughts down on paper.)
Watching the game was a real struggle. The Cavs looked awful. Larry Hughes was back to his old form, Gooden was making everyone miss Andy even more, Damon Jones was so mad he didn’t get a pass from LeBron when he was open for three that he put his hands on his hips and just stood in the corner then walked with his hand still on his hips back to the defensive end, and there was way to many Ira Newble, Dwayne Jones and Cedric Simmons sightings. I was sick of watching this game mid way through the third quarter and switched over to Family Guy. (Did you know Luke Perry is gay?)
I came back to the Cavs just in time, with about four minutes to go. I should have know LeBron would do what LeBron does (that sentence reminded me of “Don’t do what Johnny Don’t does.”) He simply took over. I guess that’s the best way to describe it. We need to come up with a word to describe LBJ’s fourth quarter play. “Mr. Clutch” is over used and stupid. “Dominator” is too sexual. How about “I’m too good I can score whenever I want but I choose the fourth quarter just because it’s more fun to take over when the game is on the line and close rather than blowing teams out from the start and you all know I’m going to do it but there’s still nothing you can do about it.” I know it’s wording but I think it has a nice ring to it.
This was also the second game in which LBJ got into it with some fans. After the game he credited the fan for his fourth quarter play and for costing the Blazers a win. I like this trend. Fan in all NBA arenas, keeping talking smack to LeBron in the fourth quarter. Keeping trying to be Spike Lee and LeBron will keep being “I’m too good I can score whenever I want but I choose the fourth quarter just because it’s more fun to take over when the game is on the line and close rather than blowing teams out from the start and you all know I’m going to do it but there’s still nothing you can do about it.”
The Cavs really aren’t a good team. (If LeBron can’t play tonight, that will be proven against the horrible Sonics, my guess is he’ll play, though) But they don’t need to be. All they have to do is play some what respectable (Larry, I’m looking at you). With LeBron, he more than makes up for it. And when LBJ is at his best, in the fourth quarter, it doesn’t matter who is on the floor with him or how good they are, it’s LeBron’s game and he is simply indescribable.
In Team River City news (I know you’ve missed the updates but we had a bye last week, well actually a forfeit win), it was a classic game last night. Team River City beat River City 75-74 thanks to a pair of sharp shooting brothers. Brother Scott knocked down two free throws with 14 second left that held up to win the game. He led the team with 27 points and hit 7 three’s while his little brother (me) scored 17 and hit 5 3’s. Team River City has won three in a row to improve to 5-4 on the year with one game to play before the playoffs. A win next week would make it a three way tie for second place with a 6-4 record, at which point I have no idea how they’d seed the teams. A loss puts us in as the four seed and have to play the undefeated first place team. We have lost to them by 4 and 3 so we can play with them. The season is winding down but Team River City (mainly myself) is just heating up.