Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Be Careful What You Wish For

Last night, we were all witness to more of LeBron's greatness. With the Cavs playing an uninspiring game most of the night to allow Chicago to hang around, there simply came a time in the 4th quarter where LeBron went all LeBron on the Bulls.

He finished the night with a ridiculous 40-8-8 as well as two blocks and a steal. He shot 16-23 from the field, made all six of his free throw attempts. And when it came down to crunch time, he simply took over, hitting a tough contested three right in Joakim Noah's ugly grill, nailing a fadeaway with Kirk Hinrich draped all over him, adjusting his body in mid-air to finish at the rim, coming up with a huge block, making the right pass, coming up with every loose ball, doing it all. It was, without question, the most dominant performance of these young playoffs.

Turns out, he got a little extra motivation from the incredibly stupid Bulls bench:

James’ jaw-dropping dominance over the final eight minutes — spurred on by some voices on the Bulls’ bench asking him to shoot — included 15 crucial points, a handful of ill-advised jumpers that still went in and even one occasion where James forced a bad pass into traffic, ended up securing the loose ball himself and laid it in with two befuddled Bulls defenders looking at one another. It ended with a 2-0 series lead — and reason to wonder what those talkers on the Bulls’ bench were thinking. ‘Every time I caught the ball over there (by the Bulls’ bench), they were daring me to shoot, telling me that I couldn’t shoot or ‘You can’t make jump shots, so take the shot,’” James said. ‘So that’s what I did. They asked me to shoot jumpers and I did that — over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. I continued to make them.’ After almost all of them, he glared at the Bulls’ bench.”

Way to go, Bulls bench. Who honestly thinks it's a good idea to talk trash to the best basketball player on the planet, especially after he already kill one of their teammates in the game?

Someone should tell these fools to be careful what they wish for, because last night the Bulls were actually in the game with a chance to get a victory … until they taunted LeBron and he buried them.

He looked like a 6th-grader picking on the 5th-graders at recess. There wasn't another player on that court who could even remotely hope to stop him. It's never a good idea to provoke those who can kill you with their bare hands, which is exactly what King James did.

While it was LeBron who no doubt put the Bulls six feet under, Jamario Moon helped pack the dirt in with his four threes, the exclamation point being a dagger three to put Cleveland up 110-100. He also snatched some key rebounds in the closing minutes to end any hope for Chicago.

The Bulls probably played the best game they could possibly play, at least offensively, and still lost 112-102. They had three players score 20 points — Derrick Rose (23), Noah (25) and Luol Deng (20) — only turned the ball over four times all night, hit 16 of their 17 free throws and even managed to outrebound the Cavs by one, yet they still couldn't win. That does not bode well for Chicago even being able to extend this thing to just five games.

If they do hope to at least scrap together one victory before their extended vacation (won't happen), may I suggest they keep their mouths shut from here on out, especially when it pertains to LeBron. Write that down. It may do you some good.

BallHype: hype it up!

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