No, no, no… YES!!!
That’s what was going through my head (as I’m sure it was all Cavs fans) when LeBron James fired up a three-pointer with 3:16 left in the game and the Cavs up 76-73. It wasn’t a good shot. It was early in the shot clock, the defense was there, he hadn’t made an outside shot since Gloria was kicking out cop car windows and the Cavs desperately needed to score since they hadn’t in four or more minutes.
I threw my hands up in the air and actually put my head down when LBJ pulled up. I was thinking, “NO!!! Why that shot? Anything but that.” I didn’t even see the ball go in. When Kevin Harlan orgasmicly said it went in, I still didn’t believe him. I rewound it to make sure it wasn’t some big elaborate prank and Ashton Kutcher would be popping out from behind my couch at any moment. He didn’t. (I really wish he would have so I could punch him in the face, tie him up and rid the world of his annoying “I’m a Toys R’ Us kid, I don’t ever want to grow up attitude that just pisses everyone off.)
The game was over right there. Right after the collective release of “Yes!” after the “no, no, no…” For good measure, Gibson hit another three. For momentum and the highlight reel, LBJ threw down a dunk with authority we haven’t seen since Game 5 of last year’s series with Detroit. For fun and embarrassment, Andy added an ugly looking turn-around bank shot. But the game was really over after the three ball.
LeBron hasn’t played well in the series, we all know that. Game 4 he still didn’t shoot the ball that great but he was the best player on the floor. He made the plays he needed to make. The 3, the dunk, the no-look pass to Joe Smith (don’t understand on this isn’t making the highlights more, it was incredible), these are the plays that help us get over his poor shooting. Let’s not forget the defense he played on Paul Pierce. He makes the plays when it matters (more times than not). Let’s hope this gets LBJ going offensively. It should. LeBron is an emotional player. He plays better when he’s fired up or pissed off. He has to be fired up now. This series is eerily similar to Detroit last year. The only difference, LeBron hasn’t had a good offensive game yet. Remember what happened in Game 5 last year? I’m not expecting that but… you never know. He is LeBron James.
LeBron was better but he didn’t single-handedly win the game. What really made the difference was the play of Gibson and Andy. Gibson finally hit big shots in a game that wasn’t a Game 6. He played aggressive. He didn’t just stand behind the three-point line and wait for his shot. He actually played point guard. He drove, he passed and he finished. Then his outside shot opened up and he canned two big three’s. In Game 3 it was West who stepped up, it was Boobie in Game 4. One of them need to do it in Game 5.
Andy finally remember why he is in the NBA; defense and rebounding. His defense on Garnett was perfect. He bodied him up, didn’t need any help and did what he is know for, frustrating the hell out of who ever he is guarding. KG was worthless after the first quarter. Andy scored 12 points to but he did it by not forcing anything. For whatever reason, he started thinking in could create his own shot and was a ball handler. He finished around the rim and made short, open jumpers when people got him the ball. He didn’t force anything and he annoyed people on defense. That’s what he is suppose to do.
Joe Smith was also great.
And how about Drunk Gloria making an appearance? Kevin Garnett was lucky she didn’t do to him what she did to that cop car last year.
As down as I was feeling on Friday, I’m that excited today. I really like the Cavs chances in Game 5. I know the offense is still awful and I know Boston is really good at home. But Boston has all the pressure in the world on them (like Detroit last year). I also know LeBron hasn’t gone off like we all know he is capable of. Game 5 could be the game he does that. He loves big games and the spotlight. If Game 4 is any indication, he is getting his swagger back. Ask Detroit what happens when that happens.
LeBron’s big three last night was bigger than anything Boston’s Big Three could do. The shot was much like the series. At first, after Games 1 and 2 and when LBJ pulled up for the shot, we were saying, “No, no, no.” Now, after two wins and seeing the shot go in, we are saying “YES!”