Well… given the events of the day, this topic kinda got put on the back-burner. But it does deserve attention, so…
Coming of age, Lebron led the Cleveland Cavaliers to a fantastic victory in The Palace of Auburn Hills. Scoring the last 25 points for the Cavs, Lebron was unstoppable on a night that may well become his signature game for some time to come. And Cleveland was lucky that he was such a force of nature, because other than some middling support from Zydrunas Ilgauskas, the rest of the Cavs were woeful.
Fortunately, the Cavs with Lebron were just a little bit better than the Detroit Pistons, who now find themselves on the brink of elimination against a team that they really, really should be capable of beating.
Chauncey Billups said post game, “We’ve been here before a lot of times…” Well, we keep hearing that, but one more game like this – and the next is back home for the Cleveland Lebrons – and the Fat Lady’s singin’. Detroit have to pull one out of the fire here, and if there’s an Eastern Conference team that can do it, then it’s the Pistons. It will have to be a massive turn-around tho’.
The criticism (and god knows I was critical) of Lebron’s efforts in games 1 & 2 may have been the inspiration for what we’re seeing now. Hell, games 3, 4 & now 5 have been certainly been inspirational. “Lebron doesn’t have it. He’s not a cold-blooded assassin who can take that final shot, and own a game.” All three games post that, Lebron took charge in the final minutes, and won them, almost single-handedly. Well… not strictly true: game 5, he took over way before the final minutes… it seemed he scored at will… and nothing the Pistons threw at him could stop him. Inevitably, we’ll see the Jordan-like comparisons… and on this performance, not entirely inappropriately.
Game 6’s on Saturday promises to be one that should stir some interest away from the train-wreck that the Lakers are giving us… if only for a few hours.